Unigine CEO offers free license for Wasteland 2

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  1. Brother None

    Brother None This ghoul has seen it all
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    Apr 3, 2003
    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.
     
  2. goffy59

    goffy59 Still Mildly Glowing

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    i wouldnt mind at all. looks like a nice engine.
     
  3. Atomkilla

    Atomkilla Hazel Hegemon oTO Orderite

    Dec 26, 2010
    Looks sweet. I don't know how good it would be for W2, but it's okay in Oil Rush.
    Also, that game seems interesting, might check it out.
     
  4. dozen

    dozen First time out of the vault

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    Looks pretty good for a post apocalitic setting.
     
  5. Brother None

    Brother None This ghoul has seen it all
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    Apr 3, 2003
    Seems like Unigine is a very serious candidate, presumably one of the two Fargo mentioned to us.

    Also, unrelated, but...



    Oh my!
     
  6. Lexx

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    Apr 24, 2005
    I don't understand the image.
     
  7. Zeronet

    Zeronet It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Apr 26, 2003
    Angry Slipper appears to be a formula (three i think) racing driver and is offering money. Not the first thing that comes to mind when i think of old school RPG gamers.
     
  8. Beelzebud

    Beelzebud A Smooth-Skin

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    This would certainly ease their job of making it multi-platform.
     
  9. God is Dog backwards 2.0

    God is Dog backwards 2.0 First time out of the vault

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    Well, that's cool. But if this donation turns out to be real, I hope the backer doesn't get undue influence if he ends up funding 50% of the game, heh.
     
  10. Yoshi525

    Yoshi525 Vault Senior Citizen
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    Dec 10, 2006
    ^ 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?
     
  11. babadook

    babadook Legislative Senator oTO Orderite

    Apr 2, 2005
    Guessing the six figure investment will be looking for return on sales, which means the person behind it will try to influence the game if it is heading in a risky direction.
     
  12. grayx

    grayx It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Mar 3, 2008
    lold
    Well, we all wanted interesting times...

    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'. 8-)

    I can only imagine showtime in BF's head about this...
     
  13. lava3d

    lava3d First time out of the vault

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    Mar 15, 2011
    MMT Demo gameplay Unigine.

    Looks ok.

    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ev-edk_Z400" frameborder="0"></iframe>
     
  14. TheHologram

    TheHologram First time out of the vault

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    May 26, 2008
    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.
     
  15. K.C. Cool

    K.C. Cool It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    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?
     
  16. Kyuu

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    Jul 19, 2007
    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.
     
  17. Paul_cz

    Paul_cz Mildly Dipped

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    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.
     
  18. .Pixote.

    .Pixote. Venerable Relic of the Wastes
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    Sep 14, 2009
    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. :mrgreen:
     
  19. God is Dog backwards 2.0

    God is Dog backwards 2.0 First time out of the vault

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    Also hasn't BF already said he's had interest from Publishers since the kickstarter and has turned them down? So any publisher-style investment - cash for influence - I hope he'd decline.
     
  20. rumpl

    rumpl First time out of the vault

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    Once the game is done it'll be sold like any other. That will be the profit.