|July 8, 2012: Abydos' Development|
today I'll be talking a little about the development of our map Abydos.
Apart from Stargate Command it is probably the most well known locale in the whole franchise and most often used setting in Stargate games. Back when I was still a tester for the mod there were no plans yet to incorporate Abydos as a map so I simply decided to start creating it.
As this place is pretty prominent throughout the series and also the main setting of the first film I was able to quickly gather reference material and start mapping. For background story I chose the SG-1 episode "Full Circle" of season 6. The scenario you'll be finding yourself in has you somewhat "reenact" the events from that episode, as you SG-1 tries to prevent Anubis from getting his hands on a powerful artifact: the Eye of Ra. Since this was my first real map I found the beginning to be rather weary but then it went quite well.
After a short time the first layout-test-map was completed and we could start testing. In this first version the goal of the attacking team (Anubis' Jaffa soldiers) to "push" forward to the Eye of Ra chamber through three capture-areas serving as checkpoints (marked in red on the image below).
The playtest revealed two things: On the one hand the was too small, so we had to extend the layout. On the other hand the main entrance proved to be quite the bottleneck which called for a second path into the pyramid making it easier to conquer. With this in mind I began redesigning the layout.
After some thought and testing the new version was complete with the following changes:
Now that the previously discovered issues had been addressed only one tiny thing remained: the map was not the most beautiful or optimized!
The map remained like this for a while until another team member rose to the occasion. cashed, so his name, added some of his polish in form of new models and textures and improved the map's performance significantly. At this point again big thanks and great work!
I hope you've enjoyed this blog entry of mine and found it informative!
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