[Interview] Outerra: A Playable Earth
By Lo-Ping - Fri May 17, 10:00 am
In regards to multiplayer: how will it work?
Brano: Outerra itself as a rendering engine doesn’t address networking, as it’s game-specific.
Anteworld game will be primarily singleplayer when it comes to FPS gameplay within the evolving game world, and online when talking about the economy – trade, transportation. But there will be also different game modes that will allow multiplayer sessions for things like races and some FPS gameplay later.
Have you run into any technical limitations coming up with this? If so, how did you solve them, if you solved them at all?
Brano: There are plenty of technical limitations when trying up to come with a whole world rendering, but perhaps the most frustrating were the ones that we could not handle by ourselves. Such as the graphics driver issues; we have submitted more than dozen bug reports, most of which were showstoppers and we had to wait until they were fixed by graphics card manufacturers.
How are you planning on carrying out quests?
Brano: Quests will be procedurally generated, but they aren’t meant to be the primary gameplay style here.
There are a countless amount of cities, towns, and villages on Earth. How in-detail are you going to go?
Brano: The game will be about recolonization – players will build their own cities, the game is not planning to recreate present-day Earth.
Alright, so imagine this: Exploring the sea, you go deep underwater. Right place and time, you see Cthulhu. That would be an awesome (and terrifying) Easter egg. Any chance of this happening?
Brano: The game is not going to be without some similar tension bringing elements and surprising encounters. However, these will be more tuned towards the specific game setting, it’s not meant to be a world viewer with some sci-fi elements, these are going to be consistent with the back story.
What kind of support have you guys had for this game/engine? Monetary, spiritual, or otherwise? Is there anyone you’d especially like to thank?
Brano: Well, mainly our families who have supported us when we decided to jump into this and fully focus on the development of the engine. And of course our fans, the community that kept with us for a long time until we finally could give them something to play with, relieving their fears that technologies like this may not see the light of the day.
Excited yet? Here’s to hoping that the game eventually gets to the point where player-generated cities aren’t just a pipe-dream; where you can toil like ye old peasant on a farm till you get enough kinsmen to become a lord, and then levy off to war against another group if needs be for resources. Harvest wood and build yourself a home, then stone and build a keep. And then burn the thing down just for laughs.