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In 2054 - after decades of oppressive governmental controls put in place to manipulate and restrict the flow of information to the public - the use of all wide area communication methods such as telephony and internet were outlawed across the globe. The United Nations’ World Protocol Governance Committee (WPGC) was formed in order to facilitate the worldwide decommissioning of internet backbones, broadcast towers, and public communication satellites, eventually replacing them with a personal cybernetic communications implant named the Enhanced Social Operating System (ESOS).

200 years later, ESOS is an integral part of everyday life. Implanted in all new-born’s by law, it records their every living moment, and allows users to "associate" and share information with each other, much like the social networking websites that gained popularity in the early 21st century. ESOS gradually became the only way in which people can communicate (other than face-to-face), and citizens have become entirely reliant on it to organize and enhance their lives. Any corporate local area communication - i.e. office-based computer networks - require special licensing, and are under constant surveillance by the WPGC, whilst citizens are free to create personal networks contained to their property. Wider range communication outside of ESOS is almost unheard of.

Information has become a more powerful commodity than ever – the Digital Underworld’s black market is saturated by covert hacking jobs of all shapes and sizes; government corruption, corporations on the take, family feuds and personal vendettas. The Jobs are high-risk, high-reward, and are all undertaken by elite hackers, both freelance and privately employed by security companies and large corporations.

Subnet follows the story of Byron Alexis, hobbyist programmer and every-man, frustrated by the oppressive environment in which he lives. His resentment eventually turns him to freelance hacking, in a vain retaliation attempt against the WPGC.

Gameplay

Subnet's player control system features a comprehensive array of first person parkour movements including wall running, power-sliding, ledge grabbing, mantling and rolling. Parkour is expected to play a big part in the gameplay, as you will be encouraged to run and hide from enemies, rather than face them head on. In fact, we're currently considering avoiding player controlled projectile weapons entirely, and focussing on the stealth and hacking elements of the game.


As part of the story, you will infiltrate different types of buildings across an urban environment. Once inside, you'll be able to hack numerous devices - from computer terminals and security cameras, to doors and elevators - using them to solve puzzles in order to advance towards mission objectives. Subnet's hacking system is comprehensive; once you have successfully hacked a device, you will be able to control it precisely, control devices connected to it, and re-route various rules that have been set up in order to gain an advantage. You may want to halt an elevator mid-floor to access a secret hatch, or remotely disable an alarm booby trap set up on a control panel, before using it to open a door or turn a terminal on.


Network devices can be linked to each other in a variety of different ways, and various rules can be set up across the networks configured in the various locations in the game. If you hack into a computer terminal without the correct skill, or without checking the rules first, it may close and lock all doors in the room you're currently in; opening a door might disable a computer terminal, or activating a camera may open a door. Whilst hacking, Byron will be able to change the state of a network device, and manipulate relay rules set up on it to cater for different scenarios. Choice is the key point to make here - there will be many ways to approach any given situation.

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Today I released a new piece of concept art for Subnet on Twitter, and to my pleasant surprise, many of you favourited and re-tweeted it. I’ve been sitting on this piece for a while now, and we have a few more pieces to release over the next few months. Here it is:

Subnet: The Crust

This has been extrapolated from the white-box of the demo level, which you can compare below:

The Crust White Box

As you can see, we have a long way to go, but at least we have something to start with now. It shows what we’re aiming to achieve with the general look and feel of The Crust area of Subnet’s universe - high-tech, crisp and clean, with an English twist. Of course, this is concept art, so it doesn’t fully represent how the final level will look, but we’re hoping to get as close to this as possible. I imagine we will need to fill up a fair amount of space in the middle, but we’ll get to that when it’s important.

In other news, some of you may have noticed the lack of updates recently. This has been mainly due to real life getting in the way for most of us on the team, and we can only apologise for that. Things have been happening in the background, though; concept art, a bit of modelling, bug fixes, tweaking, UI work, some more level design and some planning. I’ve also been keeping the Subnet project up to date – mainly by updating asset packages and upgrading Unity to take advantage of the most recent fixes and new features of the engine. Unity 5 beta was also released a few months ago, though I’ve avoided updating Subnet to use it as I know there will be a vast number of breaking changes, not to mention that I would want to rewrite a lot of the code to take advantage of even more of the new features – which is something I’d like to avoid at this advanced stage of development. I also imagine a few of the asset packages I’m using would break too, so basically there’s more work in upgrading than we’re willing to do for the time being.

More recently we’ve been in the process of taking stock of our current position, and after a few discussions we’ve decided to cut down the rather large demo we’ve been working on into a smaller chunk, so that we can get it out to you guys quicker for some feedback. The main issue is the size of the level; there’s a lot of work involved in creating bespoke assets for games, and we don’t have that much resource available to us at the moment. So, the new demo we have decided on will be taken from the end of the originally planned level; it will still show off all of the game’s mechanics - you’ll be able to hack, use stealth and will be able to use parkour to escape over a rooftop scene that I’m currently working on in order to reach the end of the level. Realistically this means that the demo will now be around 30 minutes long and will be a little more linear than I was hoping for, but it will still allow players to see everything we have planned for the game.

Below is a quick screenshot of the rooftop chase scene I've mentioned - again, this is a "white box" and we'll be producing concept art in the coming months:

Rooftop Chase Scene White Box

Subnet Devlog Update 18th July 2014

Subnet Devlog Update 18th July 2014

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Chris takes us through the recent challenges the team has faced, and updates all you lovely people on the recent developments in Subnet surrounding AI...

Subnet - Devlog Update 6/6/14

Subnet - Devlog Update 6/6/14

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Team Lead Chris gives us a much needed devlog update for Subnet, and introduces some new team members.

Introducing Subnet

Introducing Subnet

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First Person Parkour, Hacking & Stealth, coming to a PC, Mac and Linux box near you.

Subnet: Hacking Video Update

Subnet: Hacking Video Update

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Just a quick post to highlight our latest devlog update on YouTube. This covers some of the devices in the game in more detail, and gives you your first...

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BidTheDog Creator
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Glad you're stoked! :D

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Splicer36
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I cant wait for this to released!

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Woop! A long way off yet, but the best of luck to you! - Richard

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BidTheDog Creator
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Oh yeah, lots to do! Aiming to release a demo first :)

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Sounds interesting, tracking.

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Thanks dude :)

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