Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The Update Incident

The past weeks I've been working on a level editor for our game, because it soon became pretty clear that hand editing xml files is too tedious.

There's no way in hell our artists will ever touch a text editor, and it's a good thing, because hand editing levels without any visual feedback would only lead to crappy levels.

Now we have a good enough level editor for our needs. Probably the most difficult part to get right is the transformation gizmos. I believe it's basic that artists are comfortable with the tools, and sometimes the 'it just feels right' sensation is hard to get. A little extra effort in the usability area goes a long way.

And here a WIP shot of our game. Hand-editing this level is what led to the decission to halt development on the game and focus on a level editor for a while.

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