In knapp vier Tagen wird die Kickstarter-Kampagne von Torment: Tides of Numenera beendet. Angesichts der bisher zugesagten 3,26 Mio. Dollar, der Paypal-Gelder und des üblichen Last-Minute-Schwungs dürfte die Marke von 3,5 Mio. Dollar durchaus machba sein: Dann nämlich wird Chris Avellone (Lead-Designer von Planescape: Torment) das Team der Autoren verstärken.
Im jüngsten Update hat inXile einen ersten Screenshot aus der Pre-Production veröffentlicht, der einen Teil eines Bloom genannten Abschnitts der Welt von Numenera zeigt. Torment soll als 2,5D-Titel daherkommen: 3D-Charaktere kombiniert mit 2D-Hintergründen.
The big debate: playing games in 2D vs. 3D – I know many of you are interested about our decisions regarding the art direction. There has been much talk about the costs associated with "2D development," the quality and scope that can be produced by a small team, and the impact that this might have (for funding) of other departments. And trust you me, I understand from where these expectation emerge. But to be clear, what we are really talking about here is not a 2D game, but what you might call a 2.5D game, with just a portion of art production that is 2D in nature. Bear in mind, any extra time we spend noodling in 2D will be made up 10-fold when we get to our beta build and we are not ripping our eyes out trying to figure out how to get all that geometry to render efficiently on screen. Our early tests are showing very promising frame rates for our 2D assets, freeing up additional processing power for characters, FX, lighting, post-processes, etc.
After all, characters are not 2D, rather 3D seen through an isometric camera. And particles, well, they’ve actually always been 2D, but you know that. I’ll admit, lighting in 2.5D was a concern of mine early on, but after some initial experiments, I feel confident that 3D lighting can and will be used to considerable effect, grounding the characters in the scene through dynamic lighting and some shadow casting. These issues, among others, simply require a mind shift in the creation process, and it’s quite liberating.
In the end, it’s really not that great a departure from what we already know and produce. It’s just a different way of presenting to you the player, our "3D geometry," in an old awesome way. With our new pipeline strategy, we’ll be able to include detail, complexity, and styles that I would typically shy away from given our team size. It’s a win-win from where we are standing."
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