Well, here we are so far. A lot of work has been completed since the last progress report.
- Voice recording and mastering is all done. That’s right. Every single line has been edited and made to sound like it’s coming over radio, so it’s all campaign-ready. I really enjoyed working with the individuals who were nice enough to offer their voice acting talents. (Finding enough actors was something I was initially concerned about, but many people were very willing to spend a half hour or so working with me to bring my characters to life. I’m very grateful for that.) There were a lot of bloopers filled with jokes and curse words. It made the editing process (which took hours upon hours) very entertaining.
- The first 3 campaign missions have been built. These are shorter missions intended to gradually introduce features and familiarize the player with the controls, and are thus fairly simple. The remaining missions will be longer, but will probably be built quicker as I develop momentum (and gain familiarity with my own game engine…funny how that works). I have to say, it is incredibly exciting to see the action and hear my characters come to life in the way I imagined.
- Various game play improvements. The targeting system has been improved, the computer players are smarter, bugs are being squashed…the list goes on.
Currently, my priority is getting the campaign finished. Building the missions not only advances the game towards completion, but also reveals bugs in the engine and helps identify game play issues.
Here is a screenshot from the third mission, Incursion, where a simple assault goes awry and the player’s forces are ambushed by the Coalition.
Until next time.