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CumQuaT
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Posted: 12th Aug 2011 14:29 Edited at: 23rd Dec 2012 10:46
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Malevolence: The Sword of Ahkranox is a procedurally generated, turn-based first person RPG set in an infinite world with infinite environments, items, weapons, spells, potions, cities, NPCs, quests and even dialogue.
It's being made out of Australia, but involves a team of people from all over the world. Here's a quick gameplay video:



Most of our work lately has been getting dungeons working, but don't be fooled! The game has a literally infinite world filled with forests, plains, mountains and cities. Here are some recent screen-shots.









We keep a regularly updated development blog on BlogSpot, as well as maintain an official Facebook Fan Page and Twitter Feed, which I heartily encourage you to join if you're on those networks, as we keep them regularly updated with info about the game!

We're aiming to release the game around the end of January/early February and launch a demo around the same time

Anyway, I hope you like it! And remember to please join the social networks to follow our development!


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Posted: 13th Aug 2011 01:46
This looks very promising and quite impressive!

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Thank you! Very soon the website will have a heap of screenshots and videos on it, and the demo comes out just before Christmas!

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Posted: 13th Aug 2011 15:27
Well impressed. Don't ever give up until it's done...

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Posted: 13th Aug 2011 16:37
Thanks! I have no plan to! This game has been my baby for 18 months, and it'll be my baby for 18 more before it's done!

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Posted: 14th Aug 2011 13:54
Dude this totally rocks!


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Posted: 14th Aug 2011 14:18
Glad you like it! Thanks!

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Posted: 14th Aug 2011 22:53
Awesome trailer, looks great!

I read through the credits list, and it says TDK_man is a programmer in this project He hasn't been on these forums for at least 6 months, is that where he ended up?

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Posted: 15th Aug 2011 01:38
Wow, just wanted to say this looks really impressive and I wish you the best of luck with this!

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Thanks very much guys! It's fantastic getting such positive attention to the project after working so hard for so long on it!

@TheComet, TDK_man was credited due to some help he gave to a collision coding problem. We'd be very lucky to have such a talented coder on the project full time, but unfortunately he's in the list merely to give credit where credit is due.

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Posted: 18th Aug 2011 22:41
Looks really impressive man, keep up the good work!


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Posted: 19th Aug 2011 03:27
Thank you!

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Posted: 19th Aug 2011 15:10 Edited at: 5th Sep 2011 17:58
Very impressive, This looks like news letter material.

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Yeah, send it to BatVink and try to get it into the newsletter.


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Hmmm... That'd be a real buzz for the team! I might do that! Thanks!

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Posted: 20th Aug 2011 17:57
wow that screenshots looking great.
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Posted: 20th Aug 2011 18:21
Thank you still only early days, too! Going to look heaps better in the end

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Posted: 22nd Aug 2011 12:52
Added some new screenshots of the outdoor environments.

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Posted: 23rd Aug 2011 04:30
Looking very good

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Posted: 24th Aug 2011 07:29
Thanks! We're having LOTS of fun making it! And everyone will get to play it soon!

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Posted: 25th Aug 2011 05:11
Wow. The trailer made me want to play today!! This looks really good!! Congrats to you and your team. This is a good one to watch for. I look forward to it, and see the hard work you put into it. Very impressive.

rem allow user create game with one click
rem create graphics, sound, scripts, models, with one click
rem slap user in face if game choice is mmo
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Thanks for the wonderful comment!

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Posted: 27th Aug 2011 02:51
Nice work! Obviously a lot of effort has gone into the game, I can definately appreciate what you've done. Can't wait til it launches! Good luck!
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Posted: 27th Aug 2011 11:18
Thank you hopefully it will fill the gap in the games industry for the old-style turn-based RPGs like Might and Magic and Eye of the Beholder

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I've added some links for people to watch some of the in-game action after the screenshots

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Posted: 31st Aug 2011 14:56
Looks very nice, but is it just me or do the outdoor scenes seem to lack shadows?
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Posted: 31st Aug 2011 17:52
At the moment, yes! They're still being worked on

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Impressive Art works!

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Thank you! We have a team of 11 very talented artists!

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I've thrown up some new screenshots now that the engine uses shaders!

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CumQuaT

Lighting looks great. Are you using Evoloved's Advanced Lighting code? I saw you were using it in your lighting example. Did you solve the problem with multiple lights?

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All you need is to work on outdoors and weapons!

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Reminds me of Arena. Good work!

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@Stab In the Dark - Yes indeed! Evolve Software's lighting examples proved very useful in the addition of shaders to the game! And yes, thanks to a very helpful Pincho Paxton and Revenant Chaos, I was able to sort out the dilemma with the multiple lights

@kamac - Well spotted! Yes, we haven't yet applied the shaders to the in-game weapons or the outdoor environments yet. The weapons will be shiny with reflective blades, and the outdoor environments will make use of specular bloom and soft shadows with lens flares, etc! A keen eye may notice the use of both BlitzTerrain and DarkClouds in the outdoor environments as well!

@Gibba gobba - 100% correct! This game started with the idea of "what if someone were to combine the game world size and detail of Arena and Daggerfall with the graphic quality of Oblivion, and the game interface of classic Might & Magic and Eye of the Beholder?" The result is what you're seeing here!

To keep as up to date as possible on the game, you guys need to be sure to check out the official development blog (http://swordofahkranox.blogspot.com) and the official facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/malevolencegame)

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I've just uploaded the first gameplay video using the new lighting engine. Getting some great results thanks to some great people on the forums!

You can watch it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J7evHbdSgM

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I've put up some new screenshots now that the game uses HDR bloom lighting! (outdoor environments have yet to receive the bloom treatment, but it's coming!)

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This looks very awesome! I'm wondering bytheway, are you an Belgian? =O
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... It's getting better and better

I'm unsure why would you like to invest so much in this project without clear answer if you'll get an income .

That's pretty much a waste of money i guess

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@Ankh - Thank you for the compliment! No, I'm not Belgian, I'm an Australian But the team is made up of Australians, Americans, New Zealander's, Scots, Irish, French and British people! We're very multi-cultural!

@kamac - Pursuing one's dreams is never a waste! I started making this game because no-one else was making the game that I wanted to play, so I decided to put together a team and make it myself! I'm not actually intending to make money off of this, but if people want to buy it, I'm certainly not going to stop them! Games mean so much to me that I would gladly spend this much time, money and effort if it means playing the game of my dreams

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Quote: "I started making this game because no-one else was making the game that I wanted to play, so I decided to put together a team and make it myself!"


I have the same but with games for android

Quote: "effort if it means playing the game of my dreams "


I have another dreams than an RPG, but everyone has their own

There's much other RPGs, what's(what will be) unique in yours?

I guess auto-generated world is pretty cool.

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Procedurally generated world, items, spells, dialogue, etc, in a classic rpg based movement/combat system with modern graphics. (classic turn-based rpg's have been a rarity since the 90s)

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Maybe you are right.

For sure it's easier to imagine a cool RPG than a cool (another) FPS

Good luck

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Thank you

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Nice, Very Nice.

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Why thank you

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This is looking really amazing. Well done guys!

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This looks interesting! Classic.

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Thank you Baxlash and Wolf! Great to get such positive comments on our humble little project!

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Posted: 18th Sep 2011 03:40
Looks really really cool, the only thing that bugs me is that the bloom effect is exaggerated a tad bit.

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Not a problem The amount of bloom used in the game is scaleable by the user I personally love lots of bloom, but some people can't stand it, so I've accommodated for that!

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