Achievement unlocked!

August 12, 2013

A quick look at some of the new animation and bullet penetration work. Animations are continually being added and refined as well as the transitions between them. This will be an ongoing process until we have everything working perfectly. There is still A LOT of animation work to to, but things are getting there.

Bullet penetration gets some refinement and feature work as well. It still does not take the material into account, but that is coming very soon. The bulk of the work is dealing with the object type (bsp, staticmesh, skeletalmesh etc…) and thickness right now. For characters, player vests will certainly be factored into possible bullet penetration, but we are not exactly sure about pouches and other gear just yet.

Thanks for the continued support…..See you next time!



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Smooth and sultry

August 6, 2013

A not so quick in-game vid to what we have been up to. Both Kris and John give it a go this time around.

Kris talks a little about packaging the build up to something that isn’t developer related as well as some initial work on patches and bullet penetration code. It’s all rough developer stuff but should give you a taste of where things are going.

John gives a peek into how we are now using a Physically Based Rendering technique inside of Unreal Engine 3. This is very similar to what Unreal Engine 4 and the new Metal Gear Solid Fox Engine use. It’s just a quick intro and not an indepth examination of the technique, so we encourage you to do a little research if you are looking for some more information.

That’s it for now!


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Quickie… doors are opening.

July 28, 2013

Quick in-game vid to demo the in-progress doors & animations.

Very happy with the progress with the doors. Aside from the usual opening/closing, they react to the player pushing into them and, more importantly (and cooly), your weapon.

Animation wise,  we found out the hard way that our skeleton wasn’t setup to handle animation mirroring correctly. Seems my original tests relating to the swapping hands used skeletons with a different setup. Jeremy, awesome that he is, has already sorted it, but it was still a headache we didn’t need.

You can see some of Jeremy’s efforts in the video above and we hope to show more of it soon.

On the networking side of things, we’re buggy, but stable. In a game over the weekend, John and I mucked around on a dedicated server for more then an hour, no worries. Another step towards a playable build 🙂

That’s it.


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Quickie… behind closed doors.

July 9, 2013

Another quickie update. read more …

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FOV settings – opening a can of worms?

July 1, 2013

I need practice doing more of these until I stop rambling on and repeating myself… but anyways.

Quick video talking about and demonstrating the FOV settings we now have in Ground Branch.

Personally, I have a 24″ monitor that I sit about 90cm/3′ from.
Then again, I sit about 10mm away from the lenses of the Rift.


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Theres gold in them there hills!

June 15, 2013

I put in some good hours on the demo map and thought I would share some of the results. This is also the same map that Kris showed in his post the other day.

This is a multi-purpose map that we are using to test out various game types, profile performance, use for various visual benchmarks and prototype day/night/weather setups. It will also be the map that will first be released in a public preview build.


Depot_01 Depot_02Depot_03

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Quickie… among the trees.

June 14, 2013

Spent a good amount of time on replication this week. Original plan was to use a system that converting loadouts from a JSon formatted loadout to a replication friendly version that would then be updated and sent from server-to-clients as required. This worked fine, but was never quite as easy as I would have liked.

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Another Fortnightly Monthly Update

June 5, 2013

Only missed it by a few weeks.


An Oculus Rift DevKit arrived near the end of May. I was hoping to have some footage of its use in Ground Branch, but alas, I don’t have the UE3 Oculus Rift SDK (yet). Rather frustrating, as it is fairly awesome, despite being low-res.

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A new interface to go with the Oculus Rift?

May 2, 2013

The Oculus Rift development kits have begun shipping to developers and despite the relatively low resolution and missing head translation, much praise is being heaped upon them.

Will Ground Branch be supporting it?
The short answer is, yes.
The long answer is, $#&@ yes.

The Rift brings a lot to the tactical FPS genre, not to mention gaming and non-gaming alike. The only issue the Rift has is that there are no decent interfaces to go with it – we’re stuck using a mouse/keyboard combo or gamepad.

The problem with any new device is getting past the super-human accuracy we are given when we use a mouse. Any non-mouse implementation will either need to match a mouses accuracy or provide a substantial benefit above and beyond this limitation.

You can see an interesting way of using a Razer Hyrda in the following video:

I could see an implementation similar to this that replaces aiming, sprinting, reloading and the like with simple realistic hand movements.

Hand to magazine, hold trigger.

Both hands down.

Swing weapon out.

Not only more immersive, but faster and with more control then a button press.

Will that be enough to make up for the lack of accuracy?
I don’t know.

I really don’t want to see “no mouse/keyboard” servers, but wouldn’t be surprised if it happens.


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In-game vid 07/04/2013

April 7, 2013

Took care of a several issues related to the true first person viewpoint and thought I’d share a quick in-game vid of it in action. I’m not sure why, but the volume of my voices alternates a bit in the uploaded version. I’ll try to figure out why before the next vid.

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