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We're very pleased to announce our latest achievements in character models for our boldest game development project, Shadowing Hate. Some of you may know our plans to incorporate some very high-detailed models into the project, but have questioned whether our theories are technically possible or not, understandably. Well our recent tests prove with flying colours that indeed our original theories are very possible, and not only that, but possible with even less headaches and hard work than originally theorised. I won't try to sum up all of these theories that have already been documented with more detail elsewhere, but basically our plan is to turn the original Shadowing Hate character models (which will be roughly between 2000-3000 triangles each) into smoothed high-detail versions simply by treating them with a selection of mesh operations and redoing skeletal rigging and UV texture coordinates. This will enable us to achieve a standard of detail well ahead of its time, and allow the game to be enjoyed on a level that is not yet practical. Originally our theories involved a lot of extra work to clean up these automatic mesh operations, assuming they would destroy the original rig and UV work. We have now proven that not only does the theory work, but works well beyond our expectations. Our old friend Clobber The Clown is here to demonstrate this theory, in-game, real-time, as a functional MD5 with skeletal animations. Please note that this model is over 5 years old now and hasn't been tweaked or tidied since, only the animation itself is new content:-
• http://www.violationentertainment.com/temp/SHclobberMD5071128.wmv - 3.2MB
As you can see, the mesh changes dramatically between the 2 versions shown in the video. From roughly 1100 to 4600 triangles, you can see that _mostly_ the texture and animations are practically the same for each version, with problems that require only easy tweaks to fix. This wouldn't be a big deal normally, but what you are seeing is a proper MD5 mesh file that has been exported directly to the game engine with properly rigged skeleton and ready to be a functional player model compatible with the MD5 animations. Obviously we're not saying this doesn't need any work at all but it's far better than needing to completely redo rigs and UV layouts, which originally wasn't as much an obstacle as it was a stressful chore. This video proves it's not even much of a chore and no longer just a theory, and we really can give players the definite option of the functional high-detail release that we originally promised.
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