Thursday, 30 January 2014

The NightShade Chronicles: Key-frame Animation Test

The NightShade Chronicles is scheduled to be a 2D action adventure game  that is currently being developed along side Project RF. It will see releases on mobile platforms as well as Windows and Mac OS X.

What the NightShade Project intends to accomplish is a fun and engaging game that will present interesting challenges to players by putting them up against close shave encounters and puzzles that require a bit of resourcefulness to solve. 

The NightShade character has been through versions 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0 and 5.1.

The Idea behind these revisions is to reach a final version that is animation and engine ready. 

Below are the last 3 versions prior to 5.1, with version 5.1 being the final version:

Versions 3.0 and 4.0

Versions 5.0 and 5.1

Version 5.1 (Animation Ready)

What makes version 5.1 very different from previous versions is the accurate vector mapping of different joints and body parts that would make animation much easier and more 'cat like'.

Below is a key-frame animation test with version 5.0 to ensure the joints are mapped correctly:

The animation test was for the sake of making sure the different regions of the object moved properly. This is not representative of the final animations that will make it into the game.

As development continues, further details will be revealed!

Mr O. Shonibare
Project Lead and Designer
NightShade Chroicles.