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Project AFTER
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The "It's Been So Long (where the hell have you guys been)" Update

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoD2GZW7v5c

Yes, it's been a while. We may not have a lot of people following us anymore, but I owe it to all of you to give an update, especially after getting us this far.

OVERVIEW
First off, what happened in Fall 2014?
After summer ended last year, I didn't have a lot of time to work on the game, and following that it was a busy semester for everyone. That said, I did squeeze in a little bit of work here and there. So the game has had some changes, all of them good in some way or another.

TERRAIN
The last time the terrain system changed, we got smooth terrain and a terrain system whose memory usage rivaled, no, it destroyed your web browser: lower memory usage, hands down. As we've found out over the year 2014, that point in particular has caused its own set of problems. As such, I've been going through and writing up plans for a new system combining the new and the old.

The terrain is the backbone of the game. It controls everything. I mean it too. At the basic level, it controls what gets loaded, where the physics simulation area is, when to center the game engine back around origin, who lives and who dies – okay, maybe not that last one, but you get the idea. It's the root of the game, and if it doesn't work well, it quickly becomes the root of all problems. That's funny, because the terrain has this variable named root and – yeah, never mind.

The point here is I've been putting it off because I don't want to deal with tearing out the backbone again. I can't quite pinpoint the cause of my laziness, but I think it's something like anxiety about needing to put in multiplayer when the terrain gets reworked.

VOICE ACTING
Before, we mostly had some voices that myself and another person on the team voiced. Thanks to some wonderful and truly charitable volunteers that I am immensely thankful for, a good amount of the characters in the game now have voices. The quality varies, but you can probably expect the type of delivery between cheesy and terrible that is very close to my heart.

If you hate those kind of lines, go ahead and complain. Enough and I'll begrudgingly have VA's perform lines again while muttering to myself that your soul is dead.

OTHER STUFF
Wait, you don't want to know more about what I did, and instead want to know what other team members are doing? Well shoot. FMF100 (Speck) is working on debuffs and cutscene backbone. Meanwhile, ChiefMasamune is writing more dialogue, adding unnecessary fun things to test the Lua implementation, and working on his own projects and life.

RENDERING
A lot of complaints were about speed. I've improved it. The rendering has come a long way in a year. It's not up to par with the big name engines, but with some of AMD's tools, I've been able to track down a bunch of the bottlenecks. Ironically, some of these bottlenecks still haven't been solved on AMD hardware. However, I'm happy to say the main “big-scene” bottleneck called animation has had its bandwidth halved and performance increased.

I came to the decision to fork the forward rendering and deferred rendering into two separate projects instead of trying to sync two systems that now have radically different behavior. Yes, the deferred rendering uses for the forward rendering system for a ton of things. However, it's become so specific to its usecase, it can be barely be considered the same thing anymore.

As such, the game has been moved entirely to the deferred rendering. In today's technology, this drops support for pretty much nothing. When this project was started, there were certain pieces of hardware that couldn't run a deferred rendering system. Over the last four years, with the advent of high-specification integrated graphics, and capabilities expanding ridiculously fast, the need to target old hardware has fallen by the wayside.

MULTIPLAYER
The system itself is in the works. Currently, it is a separate project, a multiplayer C++ framework with the goal of automatically sizing packets and syncing tables when needed. That said, I am eying RakNet, but the problem with that is licensing costs on consoles. The cost for licensing on consoles is so high it'll probably end up just being dropped as an idea.

You can tell that it's still early with this, but the framework works great over LAN.

KICKSTARTER
I know I said we were going to put up a Kickstarter for our game last year, but the plans for that ultimately fell through. That said, this is still under discussion. The main point is that I personally take issue with using it for this project. Putting a game on Kickstarter is a sort of promise, and even with how much work and years poured into this game, I personally don't know if a promise is something I can commit to yet.

Single life forever.

I have said that when a Kickstarter is up for the game, that I'll say it. That's still true. I would plaster it all over the place, even try to talk to people in person. I'll make sure that everybody interested in AFTER will know. It's a massive commitment, and as a recently graduated nearly-jobless twenty-something year old, I can't afford that kind of commitment.

END
We're an extremely small team. It takes a while for things to get done. I realize that as time goes on, this kind of game is just going to get more and more dated. However, I'd rather it get done right than not at all.

More to come later, probably.

Progress Update + Addressing the Artwork
Description
Release date: TBD
AFTER
is an open world fantasy RPG that takes place in a randomly generated world. It incorporates action adventure, city-building, and dungeon crawling elements.

Step into the shoes - or just feet - of a character in a fantasy world. Fight your way to fame, whether as a hero or a villain, or start your own shop and let someone else save the world.

Explore and discover the magical automatons, devilish technology, and ash-covered cities from ages past that litter the world. Crawl through dungeons with randomly created puzzles and loot. After that, find your way home through bandits and monsters.

Becoming the tipping point in a war. Conquer the world or set it free, if you want. Otherwise, leave it all behind and explore the world before the war destroys it.

AFTER will be released for free at an unknown time. It will have a Kickstarter some time 2014.

Current Features
  • Randomly generated voxel worlds that take about 20 in-game days to sail through and are destructible in real-time
  • Weather system that calculates wind, pressure, humidity, and temperature in a way that isn't realistic and is better for it
  • Survival in a randomly generated world with towns, provinces, and countries growing over time
  • Melee, ranged, and magical combat with directional melee attacks, parrying of any attack, and rock-paper-scissors magic gameplay
  • Freerunning system that allows running laterally across cliffsides or wall jumping between two buildings in an alleyway to get to the rooftops
  • Forging system that lets you reforge weapons with new materials or enchantments
  • Squad commands and allies that either follow you - or become your enemies
  • A number of races that play differently and have their own racial skill tree
  • A large amount of skills and disciplines that level up as you use them, independant from your character
  • Multi-wielding of items and skills, dual wielding for most races
  • Hundreds of variations of wooden swords

Planned Features
  • Online multiplayer with possible faction battles or wars
  • Buildable vehicles and sailing
  • City building commands and management
  • Farming inspired by Harvest Moon and Rune Factory
  • Characters that either follow you or become your enemies based on your actions
  • Randomly generated puzzles
  • One large skill tree to hold all the disciplines: Western Electrical Magic, Shield Combat, Trading, and Mobility to name a few.
  • Bajillions of variations of weapons
Popular Discussions View All (10)
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Jun 22, 2014 @ 8:31am
To the devs, the future of AFTER
Arterca
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Jun 16, 2014 @ 2:42am
Question for the devs regarding the world. "growing over time"?
Zak
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Dec 16, 2014 @ 6:48pm
What is a Good estimate when its coming out
♥firestone♥ ☼
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de3Sol  [author] Apr 28 @ 8:27pm 
@Kairos, will give it a go :3
Carlos Kairos ☭ Mar 5 @ 7:16pm 
I love this, but please stick with it. Too many games today are creating their "pitch" that interests people and get their games on steam; but those games are never added to aftewards. Please make this game into something. Please make this game pretty and polished enough where people go "Hey, this game looks pretty nice." So they end up buying it and realize that the game isn't all it's cracked up to be. Please then listen to the angry cries of unsatisfied buyers, and then rebuild the game into something people want. Make this game into something. We believe in you.
Vlaxim Feb 28 @ 1:39pm 
More minecraft copycats
Cosmic Bunny Feb 21 @ 12:58pm 
Also congrats on getting Greenlit!
♥firestone♥ ☼ Feb 5 @ 9:49pm 
Just a quick comment, can you be a Wolfen? becase that wolud be Cool.
and i just love the games you make, its has a nice charm to Them
keep up the good work and good luck with your games =3
Samuel Shrek (TPE) Dec 8, 2014 @ 5:18pm 
@Aegis mine too
Aegis Oct 26, 2014 @ 8:27am 
This look slike it will kill much of my free time.
Grognard_87 Oct 21, 2014 @ 5:05am 
very interesting. I love the creatures and I'm curious about how sandboxy it'll be. Especially in kingdom management. I'd like to have a Harem, but that's just me.
Justin Cuff Sep 11, 2014 @ 2:39pm 
I really like the visual style. I'll keep an eye out for the kickstarter when you're ready.
fake! Sep 10, 2014 @ 5:17am 
wwheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen i cant wait