Report 048: Game Editor Part 2
As the title says this report will not be about game editors, specially the mission editor
The editor has already available in the past, but because at that time, as the game was still on the process of implementing gameplay elements that would drastically change the core code, this made editor be considered lesser important to avoid refactoring every time a new mechanic is included and helped by the fact that at the time making new missions wasn’t really the main concern.
But now, as all the mechanics are in the core code, there won’t be any drastic change in the core code for the time being so the mission editor can have all the attention again.
This is especially important as the editor it will be on of the main flag ships of the game.
While the game is fully customizable and while everything in the game can already be edited using just a note pad, nothing should be beat the experience of using an editing tool.
For the release, main concern for the game editor, is to have the Mission and campaign editor fully ready. These two were considered the most important because, not everyone will have the possibility to add the aircrafts they wished to the game because for this it his needed some skills in modeling and texturing, and this may not be their cup of tea. But making new missions is completely different, everyone should be able to make them if helped with a good editor, and probably everyone has already a handful of ideas waiting to be realized.
Following this idea, the campaign has already been added, it hasn’t been mentioned before but the campaign editor is near 90% completion, at the time what only lack is complete the tool that selects which skins the player will be use in that campaign and setup the trigger to automatically unlock aircrafts and weapons
As for the mission editor, it already had an drastic overhaul.
Thanks to the challenges mode, it is being extensive and intensive tested. This lead to the introduction of new helper and optimizations to make the mission creation a lot easier and fun.
To be completely honest the first challenges I made felt like a chore, I felt something was mission with the editor, I wondered for quite some time, but as soon I had a solution I implemented it. And after that, as more missions were made the editor continued to evolve and now it is really easy to use. At this point I still have more improvements I wish to add, but it is already very usable.
But even now, I can imagine that a first timer may feel lost with it, as there isn’t any tutorial available. But this is something that can be resolved with tutorials.
But besides editor, I must confess the sometimes I become lost in making the scenarios, but for another reason, with the content available it is easy to make nice scenes and building a virtual world.
But the best part is saving the mission; fly a close by and then dropping some bombs in the place.
That picture above wasn’t the case, because it was just a quick demonstration, as you can see that is pretty empty outside the shot view range.
But this can potentially be very useful in creating cutscenes new the ground.
Also this can be misleading, but the roads weren’t added in the editor, they are part of the map.
Lately there have been some tests in making ground surfaces with higher detail and unusual structures.
(hint: tunnels, etc)
Also, about those vehicles in that screenshot, some haven’t been reveled yet, it a nice opportunity to do so,
First the M1069:
A variant of the hmmwv converted to be able to transport cargo and ammunition.
In the same way, the Type-73, is a variant of the Type-81 also converted to be a truck,
As for the aircraft that is in the right upper corner:
It is a reconnaissance UAV, the RQ-3 Dark star
But now going back to the editor.
Here is something it was recorded to show how quick and easy is to make a mission.
The criterion was to make a mission were a bomber is spawned 10 seconds after play and the player’s goal is to destroy it:
It took only 3 minutes to setup everything.
The video was recorded as is, so in the editor mode there will be a period without any sound.
One of the design philosophies is to be able to make missions as quick as possible, so has it was mentioned above, there has been added a lot helps and other tools that enable making missions with a few clicks.
But what do you think of this quick preview?
Are you interest in trying?
This report was something that I found that it could be interesting to shown now, maybe the next reports will be about other topics besides content, but the next will be about the new ships as it was promised.
Stay tuned, more reports will follow.