WHAT WE WANTED IT TO BE:
The game is a tactical shooter in a 2.5d isometric view. The game objectives vary on different maps and could be some of the well known from the rts and fps genres "capture the flag", "free for all", "destroy all enemy structures" or some custom modes like "take control of point X and remain in control for N minutes". A game continues about 20 minutes.
The maps are made of tiles and "brushes". Each tile is about 2 meters wide. A brush takes exactly one tile. There are only walls and passages but no bridges on top of the terrain and no high grounds a-la starcraft. The largest map is 256x256 tiles. The camera is with a fixed height and angle (less confusion for the players). All lighting and shadows in the game are dynamic.
Every player has 1 PC and up to 2 NPCs under his control. NPC can only take simple orders like "guard me", "guard X", "build structure X", etc. There are many "ambient" NPCs runing on the map, occasionally engaging in fights not controlled by the players. The structures placed on the map by the players are "turrets", "radars" etc. The PC (atleast for one of the fractions) is a cyborg. His body parts (legs, torso, left arm, right arm, head) are replaced during the game with visually different ones. The player starts with a completely "humanoid" body and gradually mutates into a machine with visually distinctive silhouette information about the PC stats are easily visible.
WHERE WE ARE:
Implemented are the structure of the world, the lighting, cel shaded animated models, static decors, a primitive editor, UI system, particle systems, a primitive art pipeline of exporters from blender to the game, a bit of network code and NO GAMEPLAY :). The demo runs on 32/64bit windows and linux. There is some minimal art assets done by me.
Im no longer working on this project. I just dont have the time anymore. Thanks to everyone involved! Im still checking this blog and I'll continue to post here. Any questions posted here will be answered.
The source code and the art is free for download atleast until assembla.com cuts me off of their service :).