I decided to make a blog about the RPG game i am making for XBLA and share some info and progress.
I have the old videos from 1.5 year back and new art (which is actually what will be used in the game, since it is a 2D one), latest updates will go up in the page, i plan to later post this blog in the official website of the game, when i create one.
I would love to get opinions and suggestions of course :)
The game is a RPG, with real time combat like Caste Crashers and many powers/spells/armor etc, a proper story line, completly non inear with complete freedom, party members to reqruit and summon in combat, interactive objects for the adventure part, NPCs with dialogs and quests, a strategic part (which i cant describe right now, but it is fully programmed and taking shape, it is very complicated though) and many more.
----------------UPDATE 27 January 2011------------------------
I tested fraps and works wonders for taking HD movies !!!! Big thanks to AC-Revolution, i can now post a proper video when i have a final combat scene to show, which is not that far away :)
Cant wait to play my RPG on an actual phone device too, the emulator is nice and runs great, but on the real thing is another matter
This is how it would look in real phone, looks about same in the emulator right now, but graphics need adjustment from XBLA version to phone
I also want to test the virtual stick in real device
I have finally programmed the few top level systems i was missing, like actors that will leave or enter screen properly, NPCs that can follow the hero and proper dialog system for them all in all screens and in presence of multiple other NPCs and some more presentation stuff and now i am looking at the overworld map, planning new quests, combats, bosses and link them to story and quests etc
----------UPDATE January 2011------------
I have ported the game to Windows 7 Phone and runs fine on the emulator (have not tested on real device) and ram usuage is very low, well below the 90MB limit. I have also finished a basic controls system so i can test the game. Of course now i will resume the 360 development.
Unfortunatly none of the custom effect shaders like the bloom, particles and lights i had in 360 work on the phone, so i will have to remake them later
---------UPDADE 28 December 2010-----------
I finally took the huge decision to move my code to XNA 4.0, mainly because i have finished coding all main systems (controls, quests, real time combat, AI, inventory, save/load, interactive items, strategic art etc) and i am in the stage of polishing visuals, adding special effects and polishing/adding to the story/quests/NPCs and testing
All went well, the game is now fully working on XNA4.0, all shader/lighting effects have been remade for the new shader implementations, particles have been fixed too.
The best part is that the new system allows easy dynamic shader use for each sprite, something extremely complicated and hard before in XNA3.
Also for some reason graphics look a lot crisper, i can see the full detail of the art i have created, in game, while in XNA3 i got a slightly more blurry result, for whatever reason.
Another perk is Windows 7 Phone support, which means i could potentially consider a port to phones after the XBLA release.
------------UPDATE December 2010-----------
Here is a pic of latest art that will be used in the game (downscaled, the actual one used in the game is 720p)
Very old, poor quality videos, just to show the very early stages of the game creation 1.5 year back
Since i am restricted from comments, i will just update below
Thanks for all the comments :), the game is far from finished of course. But i just finished portng to XNA 40 and Windows 7 Phone, so i now have PC/360 and Phone options
Of course for now i have opimized ram, shaders, effects and controls for xbox360, but i also have made touch/mouse/keyboard alternaives for Phone and Windows
I am focusing on making the demo now and hope i will have it ready by summer
I will post pics from the phone and hopefully videos too, if i can find a decent program to grab it
As for PSN, i cant program on OpenGL at all unfortunatly, so maybe later after XBLA, but i suppose if MS accepts it, will want it exclusive and i wont blame them, Windos 7 Phone is a good possibility though, maybe PC Live too
The videos are taken 1.5 year back, when i was starting, today the game is of course vastly upgraded, combat has actual AI and pathfinding and special moves like knockbacks etc also the actual controls are in place, the magic system is finilized etc etc
I always exaggerate things, you know my love for 360 :)
As for the hero/creature models and animations is one of the things i am polishing right now, especially the animations
I have a system in place to create sprite sheets for the hero with any armor i want automatically, which is a real life saver right now that i have gone to polishing state
BTW, the game is now fully running on Windows 7 Phone (besides PC and 360), of course i have to re-define the graphics parameters a bit so menus are in right place etc, but the whole game runs fine, all combat, adventure code and is playable, so another milestone just ended
Happy new year to everyone BTW :)
December 2010 graphics progress