Interviews and Support Behind the Scenes
We've been a bit behind in posting these but we've had a few interviews go live over the past week...
- First up the team answered some questions for our friends over at Game Zone.
- Mike chats to Game Star about everything and anything Satellite Reign.
- Chris's chat with Krautfunding a week or so back is now live on Youtube.
- And lastly, Brent gets carried away describing a mission to Geek Tyrant that he'd love to see in the game, complete with bollards.
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.
- The 5 Lives Team