Enhanced Particle Shader WIP Video

I’ve been doing some work on beefing up particles, I would like to use them for a bunch more stuff so some enhancements are on the cards.

All the info is really in the video, make sure you watch at 720p.

Performance is virtually the same as the standard particle. At high FPS (800+) the new particles tend to be 3%-5% slower, but are far less susceptible to frame rate drops, and over time end up running faster. BUT …. this level of performance probably won’t stand up by the time I have finished all the enhacements.

I was going to wait until I had finished completely to share this but its ended up taking a lot of time, so an WIP update video it is, so I can feel like I have actually accomplished something.

Pre Alpha Preview Video

Title says it all. This is mostly what the first Pre Alpha will be.

Visible updates:

tweaked wet ground
new rain effects
– splash
–  raindrops
softer character shader
decals
tweaked ragdolls
Cyan rimlight for team mate
“TestLab” level
ganster universe:
– characters;
– weapon – Tommy Gun;
“air fu” melee combat
powerful ‘baggin
epic bot battles

 

Server switch completed & Closed Pre Alpha

I just got done switching servers, which took a bit longer than I had hoped. But with the switch comes a site upgrade and clean up, plus I now have the freedom to add a Closed Pre Alpa – currently an Applet of the menu screen with Windows, Mac and Linux downloads on the way, just to make sure everything is working. After a short period of closed testing I will open the Pre Alpha and get to finalising the first gameplay tests.

I went looking for an screen grab to use as an image and found a video I took the other day.

 

Title Screen WIP preview

I have been working on a cinematic/debugging/gameplay effect and used it on the title screen as a demo. The colours can fade rather than switch, still tweaking particles, lighting, length and mass.

The light both moves on its own and is user controlled here.

 

ScreenShots update

visible updates ::

  • new ninja skin, still crap
  • new street scene (scaling + texturing tasks outstanding)
  • hud upades
  • new pistol class weapon
  • new muzzle flash
  • massively overblown muzzle light, opps.
visible updates ::
  • beginning stages of soft particles
  • street skin1 update

Teleport Effect

another repost, this time about a Teleport effect…

Was working on a new effect over the weekend, thought I might share progress …

disclaimer – the bots behaviour in this video in no way reflect on my ability of a programmer =P, they have a nav mesh, but choose to ignore it.

“Puddle Shader” – wet ground shader

Another repost, early work done on a wet ground / puddle shader, part of  “AHS One”.

So last night after work I had an idea on how I might be able to build a very fast and inexpessive puddle / wet ground shader, so I spent a few hours knocking out the basics, tidyed it up just now and thought I would share the progress, I’m pretty happy so far, still a way to go yet though.


(I recommend you watch it 720p, looks way cleaner)

The video starts with dry normal ground, it is some free dirt texure I found online. The big blue ball grows to reveal the puddle shader applied to the same material.

The puddles are based off the parallax map, the shader assumes ‘low’ areas are full of water. In theory it works with any ‘ground texure’ with a parallax map. It’s pretty ‘analogue’ in that you can pass a value from 0 (no water) to 1 (completely covered in water) or anwhere in between, so it will support varying amounts of wetness or heaviness of rain.

I plan to pair this with a rain effect and fake rain drop distortion applied to the reflection.

Rim Light Shader WIP

To start things off I will repost some progress made several weeks ago on my custom rim light shader. This was the first media I had produced from “AHS One”, while still very much an early early work in progress, it shows the game starting to take shape.

The rim lighting is being applied to the big growing shere, there is subtle white rim light on the main character, a bright orange one around the bot. No post proccessing (besides pssm) is being applied as it makes the rim light less obviouse (great in production, bad when trying to demonstrate said rim shader).