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World map plans
November 10, 2012 - Captain Deathbeard

Remember, you can buy the game now in its alpha-stage from http://www.lofigames.com. Buying it now means you get it cheaper, and you will be supporting the development.

I'm making some plans for the overall world design at the moment. I consider the current world map and population a placeholder really, so I'm gonna give you my ideas for the final thing. Its not what I'm working on for the next update, I'm just sharing my plans:

  • Firstly, I'm going to make things more dense. A smaller size of the map will be loaded at one time, which will allow for more NPC population, encounters, and towns can be closer together. There will be less uneventful long-distance running.
  • I'm going to change the actual terrain map itself too, there's a lot of map not in the game yet, so I'm going to add the cool new areas, size down some existing areas, and try to have less empty space like the endless dunes and the flat zone in the south west.
  • The world map will have more distinct zones. These zones will have different faction domination, races, different danger levels. Some zones will be impossible to survive until you are very strong. Eventually these zones will also have different creatures and biomes (eg grasslands, marsh, snow possibly, etc).
  • I want some zones to have less of a focus on towns, and more on other stuff. Like ruins, creature nests, natural formations, things to explore.
  • The different map zones may have rare resources that are vital to certain areas of research. This might force you to build a protected mining outpost to further your research, rather than one single mega-base.
  • Originally I was going to expand the world map to be 4x bigger, but I might reduce that now. As the game has a focus on building static structures that's going to take away the practicality of long-range exploration, you aren't going to want to travel vast distances away from your home base. A smaller, denser map will also mean if your characters are split up across the map they can run to each-others aid a bit easier, so you can send out rescue parties, reinforce your HQ during attacks etc. It will still be a bit bigger than the current map however.
  • Once I have all the new character models and armours, the factions will be overhauled. There will be a greater number and variety of factions and they will be more interesting.

    Speaking of the new character models, here are the finished hi-poly male and female base-models:


    There will be an updated character editor too, with controls for the face shape, new face skins, hair and beards.

28 Comments
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Haluwien Apr 26, 2013 @ 11:03am 
Aw..i was all abourd until i read about smaller maps and grassland. Whats the point in trying to survive in a desert if we can just move to green pastures, and i dont want my possibly mean neighbours close by with their ugly and eventually abandoned shit..
nickstr64 Nov 20, 2012 @ 8:58pm 
Smaller maps will defintely encourage the development of player made structures. :)
Hitch Nov 12, 2012 @ 11:53am 
Can't wait for the game to come out! Bought the alpha a few weeks ago but want to wait till completed to play!
[DRev] GatNice Nov 12, 2012 @ 9:18am 
Just forget about bland and "true" to life make it believable and fun. Lotsa enemies and battle techniques; need any help drop a line at www.digirev.net forums. GL and a damn fine foundation.
Nathan Explosion Nov 12, 2012 @ 4:44am 
I hope that you know not to listen to, dark_maggot [FUA!].
dark_maggot Nov 11, 2012 @ 9:27pm 
I hope that you tweak the art direction a little bit to make it less photo realistic and add a bit of uniqueness to the game. Love the concept, not so much the look right now. Keep at it I am sure it will be a great game regardless if you change the look or not in the end.
Fill Phish Nov 11, 2012 @ 7:24pm 
The top model looks like Natalie Portman after her head was shaved in V for Vendetta.
Bighead Nov 11, 2012 @ 6:51pm 
Great work! Can't wait for the game to come out!
Leb Nov 11, 2012 @ 4:02pm 
im excited for this, i bought alpha but haven't been able to be interested in playing due to long and boring travel timing/mechanics
Cocky Nov 11, 2012 @ 7:58am 
Awesome.