Friday Devblog 66

Performance and Graphical user interface conversion



Johann
This week I've been sitting with the artists to do some much needed optimizations. These are mainly important for VR, in which you have to render at a very high FPS to reduce motion sickness. For example; for the Oculus Rift this is 90 FPS. We've began with the first level, Diving Base. We've managed to improve a lot, and after we do some code optimizations we'll reach the target FPS.

As for the GUI conversions; Now all of the systems are converted, I'm currently working on getting everything stable and ready for putting live.


World of Diving Oculus support



Jeroen
This week I've been working on fixing bugs for support of World of Diving on the Oculus Platform. Steam provides functionality for handling user lobbies, inviting users to a game and matchmaking. This is something the Oculus platform also supports, but in a different way. So another implementation of our networking system using Oculus platform had to be implemented to allow multiplayer to work. We would like to have the implementation and the interface to player to be almost identical between Steam and Oculus.

This is still work in progress, because there are slight variations in how the 2 platforms handle matchmaking and inviting other users. On top of that, there is not always a clear and good documentation on how third party code is designed, so often some experimentation is required to find out how everything works exactly. So the end goal of this is to have multiplayer while playing the game using the Oculus platform that gives almost exactly the same experience to users as multiplayer does in Steam. Please note that this means that matchmaking will therefore not allow a player from one platform to connect to a player from another platform. This is to allow for the functionality like inviting friends through Steam & Oculus.


Diving Base optimizations



Vincent
Hi there,

It has been a while since we did a blog. This reason behind it was that we felt the blogs didn't make sense when we don't have anything useful to show for. We are doing a blog right now to show we are still dedicated and working on WoD.

Last weeks I have been working on optimizing the game for VR. This should also be noticeable in the non VR version. I have redone most of the rock in the diving base. Right now there was a lot of 'popping' from LOD models and there were a lot of different materials on the rocks.Now every rock is done with a bigger rock so it are lesser seperate models. I also deleted all the polygons that are beneath the terrain. Normally this would not matter too much but because VR need to run on 90fps we needed the optimisation and it look better to. This is the same for the coral rock which are now grouped and have no more polygon under the terrain.

Hopefully you like it.



Art optimizations



Bjorn
In the past couple of weeks we have been working on alot of optimization for the game and we have tried our best to make the game look better than it did before.

Below are a few screenshots of some of the new models in the game, After posting some work in progress shots off some collectables in the past Dev Blog I worked on a few more. Next to this I did alot of optimization work for the levels so the framerate should run alot more stable now.

I hope you guys enjoy and I will stay hard at work at some more stuff to make the game awesome ! :)


More art optimizations...



Niels
Hello Divers!

My job has mostly been focussed on optimizing current artwork, and I have had the chance to get some work done on new models aswell.
I hope to be creating more visually appealing artwork in the future.




Even more art optimizations!



Jeff
I have been working on optimizing existing items, areas; making new items (collectables); Creating new textures; And also well on the way for the community shipwreck.

The ship itself is nearing completion after which it will be turned into an actual wreckage.
Also the environment is being blocked out and concept arts have been made for the look and feel.



Mermaid statue for the shipwreck


And another artist doing artist work things



Yorick
Hello my name is Yorick. I'm one of the 3D artist at vertigo.

I've been working on some new stuff for World of diving. Mostly I was busy optimizing art.
I've been combining different assets so they use one texture, which is good for performance. I did this for the corals, seaweed and the assets that can be found in the Diving Base level.
I've been making new textures and new assets. If you scroll down you can see what I've been working on.







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Comments

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5 users have voted.

Looks good.
Hope to see an update on the jobs soon, aswell.

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Jace's picture
Poseidon
Points: 486073

Thanks for the updates everyone! The art works look great and I'm glad to here about the optimizations.

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Thanks for the updates and screenshots!

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4 users have voted.

You do know art assets and optimization isn’t your problem right? You can pretty up and optimize the current content all you want but it’s not going to do anything, it’s still going to be an empty shell of a game. Before you had a turd, now you’re going to have a slightly nicer looking turd. Still no gameplay, nothing compelling to get people to play the game, all the original game play features are still missing and we still don’t have any concept of when actual content is going to happen.

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danicool00's picture
Need for speed-boat
Points: 7262

Man I totally support your comment, updating animations and graphics is not going to make the game better. I thought I am alone with this thoughts xD
But the game needs content or at least some good simulation stuff!
So please Vertigo Games, stop updating graphics/animations/UI or whatever, start creating content and a story or bigger maps!
PLEASE!

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Diving buddy
Points: 210

Agreed, we need more work in phisics, realistic buoyancy, air consumption, deco mecanics, more gear and so on. The game looks good, not perfect, but good enough. Now we need the leap to a simulation mode with more content and gameplay.

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The devs are just dangling their shiny keys again in order to distract and appease the upset backers, they have nothing or actual substance to show.

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Scuba diver
Points: 1605

Looks good, great job guys. Though I would like to like to see some more works on mechanics, objectives, and immersion as well. I'd say the game is fairy optimized already and you all did a great job at that (when comparing to other early access titles).

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the new dev blog looks amazing, great job guys

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huszarl's picture
Poseidon
Points: 86898

The actual version run on SteamVR with Oculus Rift DK2 (oculus app version 1.4.0.224996). Thanks for the support.
It is a excellent VR GAME!!! So, don't give up. Please, you are going to make OCULUS STORE version.