Hello survivors! Welcome to another edition of The Weekly Dead!
Before we get to the rest of the Weekly Dead, it is my solemn duty to ensure that everyone watches the VLOG Geoff created. This VLOG answers several frequently asked questions, including some hard hitting ones. I feel that it is a VLOG that must be watched... Or, listened to, rather.
The VLOG post
Trees and Bushes
Over the past week Chaoss has been working on trees and bushes. Specifically he has finished all of the bushes and pine trees. In his madness Chaoss has plans to fill the world with many different forest types. Chaoss also plans to fill Pepper Valley's terrain for the initial release.
The above image includes all of the bushes and the pine trees. The shaders in both of the previous images have been hand tweaked by Chaoss himself in a process he calls "Chaoss-ifying".
In the screenshot immediately preceding this line, we see only one type of tree, but we must remember that it is not the number of types of trees that is important, but what goes into them. The above image is both a test of the procedural tree generation, and the alpha-to-coverage tree shader, which is essentially taking the transparency in the grass and leaf (or in this case, pine needle) textures and using it to blend the foliage edges together.
In addition to recording that VLOG post at the top of this week's Weekly Dead, Geoff has been setting up proper damage and durability values for the melee weapons. Geoff has completed about half of them so far. These values are placeholder and based on a the idea of zombies requiring X amount of damage to their heads before re-death. Far from finished, these values must first be tested and balanced, especially where PvP is concerned.
Richard is still hard at work making sure the inventory system in multiplayer is air-tight and works smoothly. While working on the inventory system Richard has also been doing a bit of debug work on Unreal 4.8.0 Preview 2. TDL is now fully integrated into 4.8!
Grant is gallivanting around Europe this week, and even stopped by to say hello to Chaoss in London! He'll be back in awhile with more animation and rigging things, but he finished up the majority of the clothing work for Build 15-UE4 before he left. Thanks Grant! Enjoy your holiday!
The section containing this sentence is the weekly reminder that both Geoff Keene and Richard do livestreams every now and then on twitch.
We've created a team twitch page that includes Chaoss's profile, no longer banned by twitch for the heinous crime of being British but not using Virgin as his ISP.
The Sandswept Team Page
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Linger on, Survivors!