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  PVKII 2.3 Features and Effects - Mod News
  Posted by: Skyrider on 03-02-2009 @ 03:25 - Source: Pirates, Vikings and Knights 2
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Hello fellow gamers!

As promised, we're excited to bring you news today of some new effects and Orange Box features included in PVKII Beta 2.3!

Some of the new features you can expect from 2.3 include:
    Soft Collisions
    Steam Community Integration
    New Shader Effects
    Color Correction
    Coin Trails
    Facial Animation
    New Particle System

Soft Collisions
We've added soft player collisions to make it easier to get around, without constantly getting stuck on teammates - especially those who like to block doorways. Full clipping will only occur on enemies and when a teammate of yours has either the grail or a treasure chest. This will keep players from running through teammates while escaping an enemy in tight places, not allowing for pursuit. Soft collisions are so nice in a fast paced melee game like PVKII and we know you'll love them!

Steam Community Integration
With 2.3 comes Steamworks and Steam Community integration. What this means is players will have access to achievements and automatic updates, as well as be able to show their Steam Name and Icon on the scoreboard. We have also set it up so we can integrate certain features with specific Groups in the Steam Community. Make sure you join PVKII's Official Game Group so you don't miss out on future surprises for group members only!

New Shader Effects
The Orange Box engine has allowed us to set up some nice shader effects and proxies. This includes more realistic eyes and blood on weapons that have been used in battle. You'll also notice the players will have a more realistic look to them, including the Heavy Knight's shiny armor!

Ripped Berserker

Shiny Heavy Knight

Bloody Weapons

Color Correction
2.3 has some amazing new effects using in-game color correction. Some of the cases where color correction is used include:

Death Vision :: Colors seem to bleed out as death approaches.

Berserk Vision :: As the Berserker's heart explodes with rage, his vision turns a bloody red.

Grail Vision :: The holy grail empowers the player, turning their vision a heavenly gold.

(You'll notice the enemy's body will glow, keeping them from hiding in dark places!)

Coin Trails
A new treat in the booty game mode is the coin trail. As enemies try to escape with your chests, you'll have an easier time tracking them down by following the booty trail! Better be quick though, the trail fades out after a bit.

The Huns is on!

Facial Animation
We've also been hard at work updating our player models to integrate with face poser software. Expressions in 2.3 will match the state of the player's combat and health, while his lips synchronize to his taunts!

Pirate Captain

Knight Archer

Particle System
With the Orange Box port comes an amazing new particle system. This system allows for some awesome effects that weren't possible in the old engine. Flames look a lot cooler, dust particles can float and fall around, even the wick of the keg has a cool new look to it!

Check back with us next week for a look at some of the new particle effects and facial animations being used in 2.3. This will include video of the new Sudden Death effects in Arena and Cathedral, as well as some of the lip synchronization given to player taunts. You are no man!
Here's a little preview of what next week's post will include:

That's all for now! Check back next week and the following weeks for more 2.3 goodies!

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Total comments: 3 | Last comment: 03-14-2009 at 08:35

 #1 - 03-02-2009 at 18:30
From: (New Jersey)
Joined: August 19th, 2005
Posts: 81
I love it all except for the Area Lava at the end. Other than that I'm anticipating this so much!

 #2 - 03-02-2009 at 22:52
Joined: March 22nd, 2003
Posts: 876
yeah the lava is a bit...off, kinda reminds me of doom, lol, but other then that it looks sweet

 #3 - 03-14-2009 at 08:35
From: (Stratford)
Joined: September 25th, 2005
Posts: 256
WOW, look at that short sword. That is probably the most realistic-looking sword I've EVER seen in a game.. and that's really saying something because PVKII already held that record, with the two-handed sword already in the game. I don't know what most game developers are doing when they design the swords in their games, they either look like solid, plastic objects, thirty-pound hunks of steel, or are for some resaon covered in a rough, stone-like texture (cough cough Oblivion). It's like nobody in charge of designing a sword in a game has ever even held one in reality.

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