25 May 2014
by skarikMay 26th 2014
Some news! The last few weeks have been pretty busy, so we've neglected to post any updates.
First things first: we will not be holding our Kickstarter Campaign for AFTER this month. It is to be delayed until it's ready, but it still will be this summer.
Second, last week a gameplay video of sorts was posted for AFTER. It's on Youtube
! It shows a desert area and some basic combat and movement gameplay in AFTER.
Finally, more related to our other game Withstand. I recently interviewed about it by an new up-and-coming Youtube channel. It can be found here
, for all curious about that game!
Greenlight and Status Update
by skarikMay 11th 2014
Hello everybody! It's been a long past few weeks where at least a few people on the AFTER team were ultra busy with finals and last minute (sleepless) school projects. While I'm technically still not done with schoolwork, we're gearing ourselves back to some real (sleepless) development!
Our Greenlight submission
has snuck its way to the top 100 while we were busy studying. Some of us are tempted to celebrate, but we already did that last week and don't have any more money left for celebrating in the budget. Instead, we're "celebrating" by working some more. Big thanks to everyone who has voted on it and all the comments left behind. We try to get to reading every one - even the ones we need to run through Google Translate. The support really does mean a lot us!
More updates "soon!"
3 May 2014
by skarikMay 3rd 2014
I've been mostly working on engine optimizations. I've managed to get the game running at a solid 20/30d FPS on my laptop, which is much better than the awful 5/5d FPS when I was recording content. On ChiefMasamune's desktop, it's now running at a solid 25 FPS. On my roommate's beefy desktop, it's now running upwards of 150 FPS with only minor stuttering when the terrain shifts. Rejoice, you nerds of entitlement.(The two number framerate measure refers to the different render modes. The first number is the old-school forward renderer. The second number is the half-broken deferred renderer. For instance, 20/30d means 20 FPS forward, 30 FPS deferred.)
Fun technical stuff: turns out discard is faster that alphatest. In retrospect, that's fairly obvious. Rewrote the order of the engine, so now the bottleneck is entirely in the video card: without counting SwapBuffers, it takes about 8ms preparing a frame, but rendering in its entirety takes about 50ms per frame. Having multiple characters on screen has been massively optimized. Though it's not yet much, the engine can handle about five characters on screen without badly dropping the framerate on my laptop. Past there, it drops badly. The joys of making an engine from scratch.
14 April 2014
by skarikApril 13th 2014
Getting more content into the game!
4 April 2014
by skarikApril 4th 2014
CSG is a pain! Here's some pictures that don't use CSG!
EHS now has a Twitter
and a Tumblr
. Website will getting a new layout soon. Public unstable SVN may be accessed now too, login details in the forum
29 March 2014
by skarikMarch 29th 2014
New engine feature: Hybrid deferred and forward renderer. Might be more impressive that this breaks nothing.
(only one geometry pass compared to forward mode's four so yay)
26 March 2014
by skarikMarch 26th 2014
New engine feature: render with replacement + matched camera + forward renderer.
Slowly adding pretty.
Deferred renderer will come after this
24 March 2014
by skarikMarch 24th 2014
New renderer is some sort of magic because this runs at 200+ FPS on my Intel HD 4000
Almost like it's a modern gameand skilltrees work
by skarikMarch 8th 2014
Rendering works again
Terrain still refuses to work on Intel HD 4000 without engine complaining
20 February 2014
by skarikFebruary 21st 2014
Was working on getting system 3 out of 5 working again, but the update to the driver along with small changes caused Nvidia driver to endlessly crash. ATI it runs fine, as usual. Regardless, the game development is on hold as the engine gets a rework on the rendering side. This new renderer is four parts despair and one part excitement for me, as while it had to be done eventually, I was hoping to postpone it until more gameplay was done.
Why not have the first proper trailer be in a proper engine renderer?
Anyways, every version is backed up if this goes bad. Here's a screenshot of the version with 2 out of 5 systems working.