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Post news RSS Rise of Ages - Update #7 - Expanding horizons!

We added a new biome, the Desert, and new trees to Grasslands Biome.

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Hey people!

Firstly we would like to apologize by the lack of content in the last months, we had some difficulties during this period. Now we are back working full time to this game be released as soon as possible.

Let’s go to the news!


New Trees

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We worked to make the first biome (Grasslands) more rich and varied. We made two new trees, the Birch Tree on the left and the Oak Tree on the right:


We also made some color variations for all of them. See how they are now below:




Trees have multiple growth stages now, from sprout to a full grown tree.

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New biome: Desert

We finally have the first biome change. The desert already have all the basic elements which can be found there. In the future new mobs and objects will be added to complete the area.
Cactus can be collected and will be useful in some moments.


The change of a biome to another is simple and efficient, without fps loss.



Chunk save system

Chunks are 8x8 blocks, we made some performance tests and this size had a better performance than 16x16 and 32x32. While you walk through the world chunks behind you are unloaded and chunks ahead are loaded or generated.
The chunks are finally saved in disk. The method used was inspired by how minecraft does it, by using regions. Each planet have a folder where various files are stored. For now, each file saves 4096 chunks with a header of 16 KB containing indexes with the position in the file each chunk is. To avoid hiccups, chunks are loaded and saved through separate threads.


Making off #1 - Oak painting

We are launching our first making off video today! You can see the developing process of the oak painting below:


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JjForcebreaker
JjForcebreaker

Nice update. Great looking trees, also nice animation. Looking forward to see more.

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Reactorcore
Reactorcore

About coloring, what about making the trees/objects greyscale and let the shaders or the engine colorize them instead?

Might be easier to get more variation, easier to color and take less disk space to have no need to store the alternatives?

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Ennorath
Ennorath

Thanks for the help, but the coloring already are made on the animation software, spine, when imported on the engine it uses vertex colors for the painting. So already is the shaders that do it, not a separate texture. ;)

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Reactorcore
Reactorcore

Cool, one step ahead already. I'm glad to see forethought was put into the system before production. : )

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taintedpyro813
taintedpyro813

nice

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