Devblog 01: Genesis
SCP: Ascension has been in development for a little under a year now, yet our connection with our community has been lacking since we have started out. It is now August 4th, 2018, our development team has just had their first meeting altogether in a server consisting of approximately 30 development members. Of course with the meeting, we are also allowing you guys to be more informed on what is going on inside of SCP: Ascension's development.
We will be releasing a devblog twice a month from now on. The first devblog at the beginning of the month will detail major development and information from each department of our development team. The second devblog during the middle of the month will detail minor development progress. The second blog will not be as detailed as the first, but will still provide insight into what can be anticipated for the main devblog.
Let's get into the development!
Modeling and 3D Design
Our modeling department is a self-contained department lead by our Head Modeler: Pyrew. They handle the modeling, animation, and texturing of everything in SCP: Ascension. The main job Pyrew has been doing so far is modeling for the different rooms and hallways appearing in "The Zoo".
The above image is a screenshot of the transport hallways of "The Zoo". As you can see the three-way intersection connects with a containment chamber and a regular door. What you may not notice at first glance is that the containment chamber doesn't actually start at the doors themselves. If you look at the wall going towards the containment chamber you should see a line going straight up and down. This is actually where the containment chamber begins, it connects to the three-way hallway seamlessly with its own dedicated "mini" hallway. The door on the left is also not a part of the hallway, it is a separate mesh altogether.
The hallways in our game all connect seamlessly without the use of doors. Allowing our levels to connect to each other without worrying about the problem that Containment Breach faces where doors are at every single intersection. This should allow for a more realistic looking random generation system that everyone can enjoy.
The hallways aren't the only thing in the modeling department that is getting worked on. Our many talented texture artists have also taken different models that have been made and have started developing unique textures for them. We will talk about that more in our next Devblog.
Our level design hasn't been focused as much during development, however, there is still a good amount of information available to whoever is interested. The first Zone is Zone 1, "The Lounge". The Lounge is a completely non-anomalous floor with most clearance levels being 0-2. Facilities existing in the Lounge include:
Primary Server Rooms
And so on...
The Lounge has direct access to the Brig and Checkpoint Alpha. This is probably the safest zone in Blackout but good luck getting there.
Zone 2 is known as "The Brig", it's where all the Class-D/Es are contained in a more permanent fashion.
Zone 3 is known as "The Keep", it's the temporary containment zone for different anomalies. The entirety of the Keep is split up into three different areas for Safe, Euclid, and Keter objects. Anomalous creatures and artifacts are kept here when they are:
Being temporarily contained at Area-14 until relocation
Being moved to a different facility within Area-14
Getting enlisted into Area-14's possession
Being removed from Area-14's possession
Again, this zone does not have a concept image for it yet. Zone 4 is known as "The Vault" and is the main zone used for object-based SCPs. Most of the Vault consists of lockers and actual vaults with items or artifacts inside. Zone 5 (also without image) is known as "The Lab" and holds all of the biological diseases and dimensional anomalies. The Lab is likely the most sci-fi facility in Area-14 complete with airlocks and a modern design. You will likely see a concept idea for it later on in the month.
Zone 6 is known as "The Zoo" and it holds all of the non-humanoid creatures such as 939 or 058. It is very similar to a Zoo, complete with chambers that are conditioned to simulate different environments in the ecosystem.
Zone 7 is known as "The Residence" and it holds all of the humanoid SCPs; such as 082. The actual look for the Residence hasn't been decided yet, but we will keep you updated once we have an idea.
Our programming department is probably the most important department out of all of them. That being said it is also probably the one department I can't say much about since I do not want to leak inside information of how the game works. The programming department is separated into two different sections: front-end developers and back-end developers. Front-end developers take care of UI, Textures, Animations, etc... while back-end developers take care of Networking, Damage Calculation, AI, etc...
I can't show too much right now but I can show one of the things we are developing at this moment.
The above image is the concept art for the inventory screen. The slots on the right are the equipment slots. The slots on the bottom are the tool slots. The slots at the bottom left are the actual inventory. The slots at the top right are items that are around you (the reachable radius). A large number of slots that are left are the slots that appear when you open up some type of containers such as a bag or car trunk.
This inventory system will be fully versatile allowing for the size of the inventory, the number of tool slots, etc... to change from character to character. It is also transparent allowing you to observe possible threats while checking inventory. When equipping things or taking things out of containers you will be prone for a brief period of time. Try to mind where you put on equipment or check inventory, else you will die.
Most of the programming I can't talk about currently, but I will keep you all updated on technology developed in the next devblog.
Something that you guys have seen a lot of during these last few days has been products of our sound designers. The sound design department is split up into three different sections which are the Music Artists, Sound Designers, and Voice Actors which take care of music, sound effects, and voices respectively. Our main focus for this devblog is our brilliant Music Artists, of which we have two: Coolz and FireFox. If you want to take a listen go ahead and take a look at our official soundtrack here. The current music that has been made (even those you cannot listen to right now) are:
A Voice so Familiar
Men of Secrecy
Naive Fools who Make a Difference
Perhaps eventually you will be able to listen to the ones that aren't public. At this time we won't be releasing them until we have more tracks to share.
Well, we certainly hope you enjoy the information shared, we will see you in the next post!