- Oct 5, 2012
Reminded at 3DR Discord. From the Czech developer of LEGIE and Tragedy of Prince Rupert.
Preview article from Czech website: https://www.vortex.cz/ceska-retro-fps-nas-vezme-do-prahy-v-roce-1986/
TIP takes players to socialist Czechoslovakia, but is set in an alternative history of 1986 and at first glance resembles the original Quake. Instead of traditional first-aid kits, however, you collect bags of semi-skimmed milk, face enemies in gas masks and move near the notorious Prague backdrops. The working version I tried took me to Vyšehrad, to the railway bridge at Výtoň and to the Prague underground.
TIP boasts a double charge of retro atmosphere when betting on seemingly outdated technology and even older scenery. His gloomy dark depressed mood also corresponds to the overall stylization and concept of the game. Spytihnev was said to have dreamed of the game since the mid-1990s, but he started to work much later. “The idea comes from the time I played Quake, or Chasm: The Rift, which was a kind of“ Russian Quake ”. At that time, I imagined what it would be like to have a “Czech Quake”. But before I learned to program, it was too late for such a project, because the development went ahead and any game without the most modern effects was pejoratively marked as obsolete and left with shame without interest. And I wanted to have the graphics exactly the same as in 1997 - shaky low-poly, fuzzy textures, ”the author told me.
According to his words, he plunged into work only in 2017. He wanted to create his own engine that mimics the look of contemporary technologies. Spytihnev, however, did not intend to develop his own engine just to make his creation as much as the games he inspired. “Technology is one's own work, but not because of contemporary aesthetics. I wanted to make my own engine primarily because I enjoy it, ”explained the developer of the TIP action. As we have said, we will talk to the eighties and move primarily in Prague. “I chose the topic of socialism because I find it dark - Soviet gas masks, concrete, sirens. But it is just atmospheric and, for some, even a nostalgic backdrop, politics will not be solved there. I like the underground, whether subway, collectors, exhalations, civil defense covers or even undiscovered medieval spaces, ”describes Spytihnev,
At the same time, it remains true to the spirit of classic shooters, even when it comes to level design. Do not expect any corridor. The test level is an intricate labyrinth of intersecting corridors, in which there is no shortage of locks, keys and switches that will eventually open the entire entwined network. Traditionally, collecting weapons and ammunition or the mentioned need to use first-aid kits. As for the arsenal, I touched a classic pistol, submachine gun, shotgun, grenade, but even a sickle as the local starting weapon, which you reach when you run out of ammunition. As far as your enemies are concerned, not only humans will face you, but also various monsters, of which the horse in a gas mask is probably the most bizarre crowd so far for me…
How long the game will be, what platforms it will target and at what cost, is not yet certain. Of course I worked on the version on Windows. “The plan is to release the first episode, which will have 9 levels, and then see itself according to interest. The original date of December 2019 but I miss and I do not promise a new term. But it shouldn't take long, ”Spytihnev said. The first episode is situated in Prague. However, we would not have to move exclusively in the Czechoslovak capital. The author also warns that nobody imagines her realistic representation. “There is always only a key dominant landmark that characterizes the site, but the rest is devised and simplified for FPS needs. Where the next episodes will take place and whether they will occur at all is still open, ”he added.
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