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A real-time, class-based strategy game, set in an open world cyberpunk city, from the creator of Syndicate Wars.
A real-time, class-based strategy game, set in an open world cyberpunk city, from the creator of Syndicate Wars.
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Interviews and Support Behind the Scenes

Posted by 5 Lives Studios (Creator)

Greetings Agents,

We've been a bit behind in posting these but we've had a few interviews go live over the past week...

Meet the Support: Behind the Scenes

We thought we'd share some behind the scenes work-in-progress shots that detail the design phases we went through while creating the Support Agent.

We start out with a written brief about the Support Agent. Roughly detailing ideas we have for his appearance as well as outlining his role and possible behaviours/traits, all which can help the artist get a feel for the character and how they sit in the world.

We will generally accompany the brief with reference images to help give the concept artist some visual landmarks. However these are often quite loose as we also want them to explore the brief themselves, injecting their own ideas.

The concept artist then produces some quick "rough" sketches to explore the look of the Support Agent.  

In this example we decided to go with the male version of the Support Agent for the first "Meet The.." feature.

This was much earlier on in the development of the game universe so at the time we were exploring the option of having some of our agents fully augmented, so much that they barely resembled humans. In the end though we pretty much all unanimously loved sketch number four in the bottom left corner.

The next step was to take this a bit further into a full colour, high quality rendered piece.

As you can see this version varies a fair bit from the final one. Since this was the first "Meet The" we decided we'd show you how the Support Agent looked if he had a few more upgrades and was decked out with a range of gear, so our concept artist went back and reworked the piece to incorporate some of the equipment he might have if he was a higher tier/upgraded agent.

And here he is, the final piece we used for the Meet the Support feature. As you can see he's got his wrist interface which he uses to control the "big dog" style cover droid, extra ammunition to distribute to the squad, heavy chest armour for increased defence against ballistic weapons and his shoulder augmentation allows his arm to lock into place when he's carrying heavy weaponry, like a mini-gun, reducing the strain on his arms and conserving energy.

Spread The Word

We've well and truly hit halfway now, we've got a ton of information lined up for the remaining 13 days of the Kickstarter but there's only so much we can do. Now's the time to spread the word, tell your family, tell your friends, hide kids, hide your wife. 

To help you we've knocked up a couple of avatars for Kickstarter or elsewhere as you spread the love.

While we're at it, have a Wallpaper! (1920x1080 or 3840x2160)

- The 5 Lives Team


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    1. Aelius on

      Thanks for the resize, Chris!

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      BioZed on

      Extra copy would be nice if Co-op was there. . Other than that. .... meh.... but thanks for the add ons anyway.

    3. 5 Lives Studios Creator on

      ok... ive just put together the wallpaper sizes you were asking for.. you can find them here:
      if someone wants another size and can't do it themselves I can easily do it for you :D
      - Chris

    4. 5 Lives Studios Creator on

      @Maalak and Michael Zaunter ... Mike is from the UK which made it much much much easier for us to get the Kickstarter setup then it would have trying to do a US one. If we had the luxury of time we would have spent the 50 years it would have taken to set it up ;P. However, we are hoping that most of the people who cant back us now will jump on the project once we get our Paypal service up and running and help us reach those stretch goals :)
      - Chris

    5. Michael Zautner on

      @Maalak - They already had a bank account in the UK (for whatever reason), but not one in the US, and couldn't get one set up by the time they were ready to start the kickstarter, and thus had to use the UK kickstarter instead of the US one. This is also why all the rewards and such are listed in GBP instead of Dollars.

      I've gone so long without an avatar... but that second one with the blue light goggles or whatever is very tempting.

    6. Thrashie on

      You'll be able to "collect" male and female characters in various ways.
      Probably only showing male for now because they need to try fit all classes in the limited KS time available.. amongst many other things they are busy with :)

    7. Tim Maly on

      Are all the agents going to be dudes?

    8. Justin on

      Nice art!

      As for the resolution, im not exactly sure what size it is, but also create one we can use on facebook as cover image.

    9. Ashley Finney on

      Getting close!
      Very cool wallpaper, thanks :]

    10. Chris Doak on

      Just looking at that interview with gamezone - if rival corps can steal your stuff when you lose an agent, you realise we're going to need at least one way to track down whoever took it and wreak unsavoury vengeance upon them.

    11. Chris Doak on

      Personally I was a big fan of 3, but since 4 is basically a refinement of 3 I'm down with that.

      Loving this stuff!

    12. Maalak on

      1680x1050 would be fine. :p

      Apart from this, there's something that hurt me in your answer : you say that you are in Australia, so I wonder : to the point of using a foreign site, why passing by the UK Kickstarter site, which is far less efficient than the US Kickstarter site ? I'm sure the goal would have been achieved many days ago if the project was published on this last one.

    13. Aelius on

      2560 x 1440 if possible :D

    14. 5 Lives Studios Creator on

      Ah... sorry about the resolutions. I don't have the source files and everyone has gone to bed. It's late here in Australia ;). We will get some other sizes up for you tomorrow. :) ... apart form 1280x1024 and 1920x1200, what sizes do you want?
      - Chris

    15. Dreaming Kitten on

      I like the new avatars though Im reluctant to part with my cat ...

    16. Tobi (Crusader Kickstarter pls!!) on

      ermageeeeeaaad, that's the shizznit! these kinds of updates are exactly what i want :) love it! looking forward to the other agents!

    17. suppafoxe on

      Time to update the avatar :p

    18. Paul F

      The glasses of headshot 2 remind me of Adam Jensen from Deus Ex: Human a good way!

    19. Felix on

      One small request. I agree that we need more resolutions in the future! I use 1280x1024 personally so the wallpaper gets cut off awkwardly.

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      Stephen Donaghy on

      I love the wallpaper!

    21. F.Manuel on

      Nice update and art.
      But please add some more resolutions in future! 1920x1200 for example is commonly used these days mates :P !

    22. Ante Vukorepa

      All those implants, including neural, plus those shades and he's using a dinky wearable wrist terminal to control a drone? BTW, that shoulder aug probably wouldn't help much with bearing the weight of a weapon (unless he's aiming at the sky most of the time), but it might help with recoil. He'd also need an artificial elbow joint, probably.

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      Thomas Boys on

      120k to go and it's still edging up by about 8k a day. With a little last minute rush, we could be playing Totally-Not-Syndicate-Wink-Wink soon! =D

    24. 5 Lives Studios Creator on

      @Jeron, Thanks! That link should be fixed now, Sorry about that

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      Jeroen van Yperen on

      Beautiful wallpaper, but the link to the 3840x2160 version is wrong. (Same link as the 1920x1080 version.)

    26. Felix on

      That Wallpaper is gorgous, Thanks!

      Also love the four eyed avatar!