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Game News Project Eternity Kickstarter Update #62: Production Milestone Report - Areas, Characters, Features

Discussion in 'RPG News & Content' started by Infinitron, Aug 21, 2013.

  1. Infinitron I post news Patron

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    Tags: Brandon Adler; J.E. Sawyer; Obsidian Entertainment; Pillars of Eternity

    This week's Project Eternity Kickstarter update is a report on the game's "Production 01" milestone. The folks at Obsidian have been working their asses off on creating the game's first city, Defiance Bay, which I assume will be the setting for the game's upcoming vertical slice demonstration. New employees have been hired, new art assets have been created and new features have been programmed. I'll quote the part about the features, since it's the most interesting:

    Journal
    We now have a fully functional quest journal in place that allows players to see their quest progress. The UI is currently being implemented, but it is looking great.

    Conversations
    While we have been getting more and more Alpha UI into the game, I was particularly happy with how the conversation UI came out. Take a look for yourself, though. Even though this is still a work in progress, I think everyone did a great job. Let us know what you think of the conversation UI in our forums.

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    Stronghold
    Tim went on a tear and got most of the backend systems for the player stronghold in place. There are a ton of really fun things you can do with your stronghold like sending companions on missions, buying rare loot off of merchants, building upgrades, and even purchasing hirelings to defend your keep from attack. Watching Tim's stronghold get robbed blind because he has low security and high prestige never gets old.

    World Map
    Eternity now has a fully functional world map. When the party enters a qualifying transition, the world map appears. Players can then select to travel to a location by selecting that icon on the map.

    Fog of War
    One focus for this milestone was to get our Fog of War system in place. Beyond a few tweaks, Adam is pretty close to slaying that beast. It's a really robust system he created that takes some inspiration from rogue-like games. Using Adam's tool, designers can quickly create a fog map, edit it, and set locations that should only be revealed at specific times.

    AI
    Steve, our AI Programmer, has been putting work into spellcasting AI this milestone and it is coming out nicely. Enemies are more crafty than they were now that they are casting spells intelligently. There's going to be even more AI work - roles for our enemy AIs, for example - put into our next milestone.
    There's also some concept art of a new monster, the wicht. Wichts are described by Josh Sawyer as "the bodies of children that were born without souls, grew to adolescence, and were then possessed by a malevolent lost soul or soul fragment that has been artificially inserted through animancy". I can see the quest hook already...
     
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  2. garren Arcane

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    Pretty nice, the only thing that stands out to me is that the description text should maybe be colored differently (first paragraph), also the innkeepers name is useless in front of it.
     
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  3. Stabwound Arcane

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    Wow, even the convo UI is a throwback to the IE games. Not that I mind, but they're really cloning the Infinity Engine.
     
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  4. Zed Codex Staff Patron

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    Wow. They've done a lot of work. A lot of good work, by the looks of it.

    I like the conversation UI, but I have some nitpicking and comments (as always, when it comes to UI).
    PEDIA.jpg
    The yellow suggestion is only valid if they're using a relative scrollbar which doesn't change exact position. If they do, a "scroll to last line" button would be unnecessary.
     
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  5. Athelas Arcane

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    Are all those empty spaces to the side for the character portraits of all the characters participating in the dialogue? Would be cool, especially if your companions frequently butt in like they did in PS:T.
     
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  6. Zed Codex Staff Patron

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    Uh, I wouldn't count on it.
    Probably just a place-holder.
     
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  7. Hegel Arcane

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    The writing is shit though. :rage:
     
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    My thick eyebrows do not scale to your level.

    No but seriously it's just placeholder text to show the font and layout.
     
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    Why is a silvery tooth strange? What makes a smile fat?
     
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  10. tuluse Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    They could be specifying that the tooth is both strange and silvery.
     
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  11. Shannow Waster of Time

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    Finally technology has come to a point where scrollable dialogue logs are possible.
     
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    What is strange about the tooth though? Just because it's silver? I want you to go ask the writer, right this instant.
     
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    Might not be.

    I found "to your level" the most jarring part of the dialogue in writing terms but to be fair, he could be talking to an Orlan or an Aumaua so..
     
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    Funny how the brain works... Some things just get wired forever in you - (snake - disgust) - (IE - joy)
    This picture here is enough to to improve my mood - I don't need to follow the development anymore, because I will fucking enjoy this game to heavens just on pure fanboyism. Not even Sawyer can ruin it for me.

    Someone should force inXile to base their UI on this
     
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  16. MicoSelva Prestigious Gentleman Monstroterratum Furiosum Patron

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    My first though was that they inserted a screenshot from IWD or IWD2 for reference (I know BG/BG2/PST UIs too well to confuse them with anything), but then I realised that this is a PE thing.
    So yeah, this.

    Aside from the UI, there's plenty of good info in the update. Ideas for the Stronghold seem really cool. Hiring guards to protect the keep from a possible robbery? Sending followers on missions? Sign me up! The wicht creature idea is rather neat too, although I can't really imagine how these children reach their age without having souls in the first place (?).
     
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  17. TOEE had a better UI...
     
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  18. thesheeep Arcane

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    Looks like IWD UI, IMO. Which is great!
    So... yay! :dance:
     
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  19. Stinger Arcane

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    Times New Roman?
     
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    I think they said it was Jenson typeface.
     
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    From Sawyer's words I gather it is like children born with Dawn-syndrome, who are brought up and taken care by the parents for the rest of their life.
     
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  23. MicoSelva Prestigious Gentleman Monstroterratum Furiosum Patron

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    Yes, I've seen his response quoted on Obsidian forums. Wichts probably are created very infrequently (a soulless child must be born then reach adolescence and then get possessed). I wonder if we will meet them in packs, or will they be lone and rare creatures (as it should be IMO).
     
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    :lol:
     
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    I don't like this. I was hoping for something in the spirit of IE games, not the exact copy.
     
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