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Posted by Bill on October 13, 2014

It’s been a busy couple of weeks and we’re making good progress towards some big features.

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Seasons & Weather

The passage of time, the ebb and flow of the world; these are some of the most important parts of our plan for Before. The relationship between the player, their tribe and the world is integral to how we want the game to play and feel. You will need to be mindful of the elements, reacting to changing weather conditions and challenges they will present for your tribe.

I’ve begun exploring how we might implement these systems and while it’s quite simple at this stage, it’s still nice to see the landscape start to change. We want each season to feel distinct, both in how the environment looks and the way in which people and animals behave.

This video shows the transition from Autumn to Winter and then into Spring. This process will normally take several months, but I’ve condensed it into roughly 48 hours of sped-up game time.

Diogo has written a new version of the terrain shader that I had been prototyping, and some great extension scripts to help manage how everything fits together. It’s still a little rough around the edges, but this all means that can I achieve the style I want and still make use of Unity’s native terrain features. We still have a few issues to solve in this area, but we’re nearly there.

AI & Simulation

Most importantly, Pål has continued his work on the core systems that govern agents in our world. We’ve reached a major milestone with the initial implementation of two of the three major systems here.

The final piece of the puzzle is the simulation of “needs” for each agent, which are the driving force behind most AI behavior. Once that system is implemented we can start to iterate more rapidly, designing behaviors and tweaking the values that will bring the world to life.

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Land ahoy!

For the next blog entry we’ll have some video to show where things are headed. The next few weeks promise to be a real turning point in the development, and we’re really excited to see things come together.

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Badboy1932
Badboy1932

Hopefully its free since many games are paid and i really wanna play most of them but cant pay for the game so hopefully its free :D The game sounds great by the way hopefully theres multiplayer so me and my buddies can play!

jamespaylor32
jamespaylor32

Extremely excited to see what happens with this game! I'm not sure what your plans are for this game but it would be really refreshing to see it come with some sort of quest / story to the game! similar to Black & White where your followers have their own stories and quests for you to help them with, like the little guys who sing about their boat!

superdora1011
superdora1011

I would like to play the game account when he comes out ???


Fargov
Fargov

Thank you for making this game! I have fantasized about this kind of premise for a game since i was a small kid! Good luck! And i'm super exited too see what you guys come up with! 

Buor
Buor

quando vai sair um beta?

UkaszWisniewski
UkaszWisniewski

Wait for this game to :) Hope it's would be somethink like haven and hearth, crafting, hunting, build base, upgrade character and stuff, and big map like in haven and hearth for many players.  

Syril
Syril

Way cool, guys.

and holy cow, i just saw that you are with facepunch, good luck!

MarcinPatrzalek
MarcinPatrzalek

Cant wait for the alfa. I dont know if you guys already talked about multiplayer, but it would be awesome to play with friends :) Keep up the good work!

Issues420916
Issues420916

Gotta be that guy with one suggestion / Idea :)

Have you considered having water volume of lakes and rivers increase as it changes from winter -> spring from melt run off?

This could prove to be problematic to players if they establish a tribe or "base" to close to a water source.


Good work guys, game idea looks very interesting and I can't wait to see more :)

kaionskate
kaionskate

looking forward to the debut of the game and more content Before not wait to see a new blog from the game: D