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Venturi is futuristic Sci-fi RPG - one about action, adventure, and hard choices.


Venturi features fast paced and rewarding combat, a deep and evolving story that you shape as you play, and arena style multiplayer that will test your tactical skills. Build a loyal party to venture with you while you explore the massive galaxy, alive with intelligent AI controlled denizens with their own schedules and goals. The galaxy is full of mystery and secrets for you to find.

The game is all about choice. Outfit your spacecraft and your party with a large selection of customization. As you play, you’ll find and unlock different weapons, devices, and abilities to give you the upper hand in battle.

Quests are dynamic, with multiple paths and choices; replay them for different outcomes and rewards. You can help a race overcome its enemy, or betray and destroy them, or deceive and steal everything they’ve worked for. Feel free to explore your options. Using the Venturi Device, you can reset the game world at will! Learn the schedules of your allies and enemies to exploit them.

Multiplayer is designed to be tactical and competitive. New and innovative modes merge with traditional gametypes to bring you a fresh yet familiar experience. Hunt for alien artifacts in a ship graveyard, stave off an alien dreadnought invasion, and fight while orbiting an imploding star!

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Venturi DevLog #5 Our First Boss: Harec the Junkyard Caretaker, Concept to Creation


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Harec is one of the first enemy characters we've worked on, and he will be the main antagonist that the player battles during Venturi's Junkyard demo mission. He is the caretaker of the Junkyard, commanding a drone army that dismantles and processes the dead ships and equipment that get dumped into the Junkyard. The drones also guard Harec and his massive ship, which the player must face at the end of the warp drive mission. Harec is a mad engineer and tinkerer, and has built a massive multi-armed craft that can quickly disassemble derelict ships or any trespassers. The ship and its arms vaguely resemble a mechanical crab, with limbs and the main body being a sort of patchwork of other ships and parts.

Taking Harec from a written concept to a fully rendered and animated model has been a very long process, and it's taught us a lot about the development pipeline. Our writers and designers started the process with a brainstorming session, coming up with many ideas for enemy types that would fit well in the Junkyard. We wanted the character to pilot a mechanical craft that would work well with the environment. Magnets, claws, grinders, lasers, and welders would all make for fitting attacks. After working back and forth we decided to go with a multi-legged creature that could attach to and move around the derelict ships that floated around the Junkyard, and came up with the idea of a mechanical creature that resembled a crab. It was versatile enough to let us mount the weapons and attacks we wanted, and also had an aggressive look. We were also going for a “busted and worn construction equipment” look with beat up yellow paint, full of scratches and dents and wear. One of our concept artists, Josh Durham was tasked with taking our ideas and putting them on to paper. He started with drafting four different images, experimenting with a few body styles and shapes.

Boss Concepts

While they were all pretty awesome looking we unanimously decided on option D and requested it in more detail. A few days later Josh presented this image, showing how Harec moves, his different features, and multiple views of his craft. His claws were embedded with magnets that could attract the player's ship, or bring in debris from the world to use as a projectile. Grinders underneath devour the toughest metal alloys. Missile launchers mounted on top could fire salvos to blow up any obstacle, including our hero! It was incredibly detailed and made everyone excited to get the character into the game! But oh no, what happened to our yellow construction vehicle? I completely overlooked that detail in the initial image—blinded by my excitement! We could have him recolor the whole thing but of course that would cost extra time and money. We accepted the work as is, knowing that once we hit the modeling phase I could pass the instructions on then.

Harec Mech

Our resident modeler, Richard Lee, took on the daunting task of creating Harec for us to import into Unity. He had quite the challenge ahead of him! Fortunately being a mechanical creature worked to our advantage—each piece could be created separately. Breaking down any problem into bite sized chunks can make it much more bearable and achievable. Richard started with the legs and worked his way up to the body, giving us the first glimpse of his creation.

Render 1

It took a couple weeks, but Richard eventually had the legs and body roughed out and assembled. He sent me the screenshot of his progress and I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. Harec was finally coming together like we planned!

Render 2

The last pieces were the claws. While the whole model was very detailed, nothing on the ship seemed proportional at the moment. The legs were huge, the claws were tiny, and the whole craft looked slow and heavy. Fortunately since every piece was modeled as separate objects we could easily scale the pieces and make it look much better.

Render 3

After creating the high poly model in Z-Brush, Richard created a low poly version of the model by hand and unwrapped the model for texturing. It was quite a laborious process, as you can tell by the next image. This is the diffuse (color) map for a single leg! There were additional maps for the claws and body, as well as normal (bump) maps for every part. This image alone gave me a lot more respect for the time and effort modelers and texture artists put into their art. Thanks for being awesome guys :)

Leg Diffuse Map

We got the images in of the textured model and it looked astounding. Now this would make for a fierce battle! We loved the little details thrown in and thought the ship had tons of character. There's still some tweaking to do with the proportions, but it's definitely a step in the right direction.

Harec

From here, the next step would be to get this beast moving. We decided from the beginning to use IK solvers to rig and animate the mesh. It seemed much more flexible for walking on rough terrain (or in our case, over and around the hulls of ruined space ships!) and the procedural animations meant it would look very smooth. I looked for a good IK solution for the Unity engine and found Final IK. It looked pretty simple and powerful, and then I saw this video which solidified my choice. That looked fantastic! I bought it (fortunately on sale at the time) and set to work rigging one of the legs. It took me a couple of hours of reading their documentation and tutorials, experimenting with the bone structures, and tweaking constraints, but I got one of the legs rigged!

Pro-tip: each bone needs to be its own mesh, and the pivot point for the bone is at the transform pivot point. I had to have Richard slice up the whole mesh for animation which wasn't that big of a deal, but the pivot points were all over the place. To fix this I created a GameObject at the correct point and put the Rotation Limit Hinge scripts in there, then added the mesh piece as a child. That let me finely tune where I put my mesh.

Render 4

Here it is in action once I enabled the rest of the mesh objects.

The IK solver will do its best to move the end point to the target transform.


Leg GIF


Hah, that's so cool! I just duplicated the leg a few times and tried moving the body around.

Here's what I got:


Movement GIF


Dance dance dance!!


Dance GIF


I stole the mechanical spider's scripts from Final IK and re-purposed it for Harec. There were many undocumented values that took a buttload of tweaking to figure out, but I eventually get a realistic looking mechanical walk! Mission accomplished!



I learned so much about game development from just this one piece. It took several weeks to go from a brainstorming session to where I am now, due to the amount of people involved and the inevitable delay of working online. My next step for Harec will be to add and animate the claws and give the rocket launchers up on top of his noggin some firepower. Hopefully I can fit that in over the next couple of weeks as we work on our UI and Level Editor.

We hope you enjoyed everything in this news post! Please follow us at @VenturiGame and Like us on Facebook! And of course, leave us some feedback below. We'd love to hear what you think of the game -- thank you!


P.S. It looks like IndieDB is doing a contest! If you like what we're doing please give us a vote! It would mean so much to us if we were able to be recognized by IndieDB and the community!

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P.P.S - Our Trello board is public and full of a bunch of stuff. Take a look if you're interested!

Trello

Once again, thank you so much for checking us out! Till next week!

Venturi DevLog #4 - Our WIP Loadout Manager, Lua Scripting System Update

Venturi DevLog #4 - Our WIP Loadout Manager, Lua Scripting System Update

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In this week's post we talk about our Loadout Manager that's a couple months into development, and some improvements we've made to the Lua scripting system...

Venturi DevLog #3 - Map Editor, Scripting, and Ship Mechanics!

Venturi DevLog #3 - Map Editor, Scripting, and Ship Mechanics!

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In our third post, we will talk about the latest development under the hood of Venturi. We've been hard at work creating the map editor and scripting...

Venturi DevLog #2 -  Alien and Drone Concepts, UI Progress, Weapons and Juice!

Venturi DevLog #2 - Alien and Drone Concepts, UI Progress, Weapons and Juice!

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Development of Venturi is in full swing, and the team would love to show you the newest bits we've been working on. From alien races to autonomous robot...

Venturi DevLog #1 - What is Venturi?

Venturi DevLog #1 - What is Venturi?

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The beginning of a beautiful developer relationship! To start things off, we'll talk a bit about the story, what Venturi is all about, and a developmental...

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HELLO_THERE_BOB
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Keep up the great work guys, definitely on my watch list!

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Ajios
Ajios

Very interesting game. Love the style!

I was wondering if you were in need of some original music for you game. I'm a musician who's looking to start composing music for games. I primarily do orchestral and electronic music. If you're interested, send me an email at alex@dartfrog.org and I'll send you a couple demos.

Look forward to hearing from you!

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HugeEnemy
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Technic is so great ! slow-mo, cool effects, wish you good luck men!

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Thilaksha
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Yay,space game.

I am making one too.

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Generical
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Is this mainly a space exploration + battle game? :)

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ArcadePreMan
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This is cool!!

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I love the idea!

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Waz up! COOOL!1 tracking this.

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