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Lets bring these characters to life through animation!

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Were back with a new update from The Untold Legacy. We have been really busy this past week and have a whole bunch of new goodies to show off. I worked on a handful of animations, new game art, some major game design as well as story and quest oriented stuff. Over on the code end of thing Stefan began to implement some of my animations so we could get a feel for everything and decide if any tweaks were needed (they were and still some are needed). But overall things are headed in the right direction and I feel like its all coming together.

Animations


Animations are by far one of my most favorite things when it comes to a games development. Thats when a static character begins to move and feel alive. A personality is beginning to be formed and the game is beginning to take on life. Its a truly wonderful thing when you see your creations come to life and often go directions you never imagined, but I gotta say when it comes to this game it has been incredibly daunting. The sheer amount of work ive done and still ahead is massive. Since im working in spine all the animations take a good amount of extra time to set up and this is compounded by me having to switch back and forth from the various angles in the game. Each character will have 4 angles and should move in a realistic fashion. The hero is by far going to be the largest amount of work. Right now I have done well over 60 animations per angle. Which results in over 240 animations and im not even half way done yet.


Below are some older test animations. These were primarily made to test how the player could move and react within the environment. Some of these will even be blended with existing animations for even more natural movements.

Hero's Head Turns Left
NewHeadTurnLeftDown


Imagine this being combined with a running animation so the hero can look at something of interest.

Below is an animation adapted with the 3D like head turn. Its one of the new animations I worked on this past week. I spent the week working on various weapon based animations.

Hero Aiming Bow
NewHeroAimBow


Here the player looks focused as he draws back the bow and closes his eye.

You can see the other 2 angles below where I had to painstakingly make sure the animations were aligned properly and in sync.

Aiming Upwards
NewHeroAimBowUp

Aiming To The Side
NewHeroAimBowSide


Here is an animation that was made so I could bring a little more personality to the game. The player will realistically react to none playable characters and events in the game. Whether it be a conversation with a character or he sees a terrifying monster we plan to have the appropriate response.

Character Nodding In Approval Or In Agreement
NewHeadNod


The game is chalk full of animations created specifically for moments like these.

And now on to the Attack animations. From the start of this games development I wanted a really engaging and fast paced combat system. So it was crucial that the animations were quick, readable and looked great.

Here is my first run at the x3 attack combo.

NewOldAttacks


As you can see its not bad, but this actually ended up being way to slow when tested in the game. We need button pressing reaction and this just didn't cut it.

Below are the updated versions after testing in game.

Initial Attack
NewAttack1 gif

Combo x2 Attack
NewAttack2 gif

Combo x3 Attack
NewAttack3


With the animations sped up, tweaked and some event listeners added it became 100% better.

I also worked on how the player would use the shield, aerial attacks as well as some powerful finishers.

Defend
NewDefend

Defense Broken

NewDefendBroken

Double Handed Finisher
NewPowerAttack

Aerial Downward Stab
NewDownStab

Aerial Downward Stab/Impact

NewDownStabLande


This is just a small taste of what we have done so far.

This is just a quick update but I plan to post more of our progress during the week. So enjoy and please comment on our progress so far.

Comments
Templarfreak
Templarfreak

Initial Attack and Combo x3 are a bit too fantasy-style animations for my taste. They defeat the purpose of a shield, the way he moves the shield completely off to the side. Combo x2, the way the shield is there, is very fine. That's about how all the attack animations should be.

I like most of the other animations, especially the bow animations. They're really fluid.

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IconicGames

Thanks for the comment. What suggestions would you make for the attack animations? And to be honest this game is fairly fantasy heavy. Maybe you mean its more gamey?

The player will be able to use the shield as well. It is its own separate action.

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Templarfreak
Templarfreak

Basically, even if it is Fantasy, moving your shield completely off to the side when swinging your sword is just really counter-intuitive. You can still hold that shield infront of you while you're swinging, and moving the shield leaves you vulnerable. This is clearly visible in the Combo x1 animation and the Combo x3 animation. Instead what I'd suggest is similar to how the Combo x2 animation does it, the shield is infront of the character at all times during that animation.

It seems like a really small thing that doesn't matter, but it does make a difference in that it makes the character more believable that they're a trained swordsman.

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