Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 13:48 Post subject: Unigine CEO offers free license for Wasteland 2
I have no idea if it's one of the engines Fargo was talking about with us earlier, but Unigine Corp CEO Den Shergin tweeted he is offering a free license for the Unigine engine to inXile for Wasteland 2. According to Shergin, inXile is evaluating the option now. We've contacted Fargo for comment.
Unigine is a multi-platform (Windows, Linux, MacOS, PS3, Android, iOS) engine. It is best known for Heaven benchmarking tool, and I don't think it's been used on too many released titles, though there is Unigine Corp's own Oil Rush, intended to be a small release and engine demonstration. See some gameplay here or listen to Total Biscuit talk about the engine and game here. The system requirements of Oil Rush are really low (2 GHz processor, 1 GB memory, GeForce 8600/Radeon HD2600), so that's a plus.
See some benchmarks of the engine here. Phoronix discusses some of its strengths and weaknesses as a multi-platform option here. Worth keeping an eye on.
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This would certainly ease their job of making it multi-platform. _________________ I'd rather make a smaller dedicated fan base ecstatic than worry too much about the larger audience. --Brian Fargo, one of the good guys.
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Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 22:14 Post subject:
^ A location where his NPC rules and is surrounded by his formula 3 mates would be pretty asinine. Given the number of custom NPC's/ locations/ weapons that are already going to be present, I doubt this will cause a problem in itself. I'm pretty sure Fargo et. al. will be stringent in allowing things that fit the setting only.
This thread contains a lot of good news, it's really encouraging to see a project like this receive so much support. A new hope for CRPG's? _________________ "A German Field Marshal does not commit suicide with a pair of scissors!"
Here we are, guys are giving away game engine for free.
And not just any engine, but among few that are able to simultaneously port the game on all planed platforms. 'Be careful what you wish for, you may receive it'.
I can only imagine showtime in BF's head about this...
While the engine looks ok on the surface its really hard to say if it will translate to an RPG well. Let us remember Descent to Undermountain featuring Chris Avellone and published by Interplay and then promptly purge it from memory after this has passed.
I also doubt the owner of this engine would try to exert any control over its use other than to prohibit the developers from saying unkind words about it. This is a marketing move on his behalf and a very good one I think as I had never heard of this engine before.
The six figure offer has me a little worried. Where is the line between "donation" and "investment" drawn? In other words, what dollar amount will buy influence in design decisions and monetary returns on sales? _________________ K.C. Cool~~
NC State University - College of Design - Graphic Design 2010
I'm not terribly worried about the 6-figure donation offer. I feel certain that Fargo would balk at any demands for overt influence over the game's development or over-the-top in-game acknowledgement as a condition of the donation. It's not like he needs the money. Sure would be swell if the guy was just a huge fan and just wanted to help out... not holding my breath for that to be the case though.
Engine offer is nice just as long as Brian doesn't choose it over a definitively superior option just to save a few bucks. _________________ "Bore, n.: A person who talks when you wish him to listen."
- Ambrose Bierce
If someone wants to invest million(s) for a cut of the profits, that would be fine with me...as long as they have no say over the game's design and development.
I might be wrong...but I thought Wasteland 2 wont be making any profit, every dollar will be thrown into the development, with one or two drug fueled parties on the side in for motivation. _________________
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