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Project Eternity Kickstarter Update #54: Mega Art Update + UI Mockup

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Project Eternity Kickstarter Update #54: Mega Art Update + UI Mockup

Game News - posted by Infinitron on Wed 29 May 2013, 20:23:01

Tags: Obsidian Entertainment; Pillars of Eternity

This week's Project Eternity Kickstarter update is all about the art. Art Director Rob Nesler gives us a full progress report, including details on what each member of the game's art team is up to. Here's his description of the game's current status:

You've read about Prototype 1 and then Prototype 2. Those were efforts to implement features that represent the functional and playable standard of our goal: an Infinity Engine style of game. Those efforts were focused collaborations of designing, programming and art-ing things, trying them out, addressing problems as they came up (visual, functional or otherwise failing to live up to our standard) and repeating. The art goals were held to an 80-90% complete (aka: unpolished). The remaining 10-20% of work will be left toward the end of the "next phase," as always there will be edits and modifications after initial implementation of art. The basic truth of this interactive artistic endeavor that we are involved in is that you can't know it's a worthwhile experience, until you make it, people play it, and then provide feedback. We adjust our work to that feedback - a feedback loop. Boom! Consider yourself educated.​

The "next phase" is a Vertical Slice. This is a goal in which we focus on one part of the game within a shell of what is essentially the fully-featured game - relying on the things developed in the prototypes, as well as implementing a fully-functional UI, attempting to finalize all art and gameplay to a more polished standard, and accommodate design changes that are required to make the player experience more complete - as if this part were a finalized, short game in itself.​

There are also a few art samples, the most interesting of which is this UI mockup:


Very IWD2-ish. Right down to using some of the exact same art, in fact. It's still better than what some "fans" in the Kickstarter comments are asking for, though. Stay the course, Obsidian!

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