9:11 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story
A preview of 3D MMORPG Shadowbane has been posted at Multiplayed. It covers the basics of how the game will (hopefully) play, and why PC gamers will want to switch from other titles such as Everquest or UO. Mac gamers don't have this luxury, of course, as Shadowbane is the first next-gen 3D MMORPG to make it to the Mac platform. Here's a very interesting excerpt about how the game world is created and sent to each player, to trim down bandwidth requirements:
"Basically we built a library of math equations that can generate an infinite number of worlds, and then we pass seed values from the server to the client to describe each World the player logs into," said Patrick Blanton, lead designer and the VP of Product Design for Wolfpack, in explaining the process. "We can download an entire Virtual World—hundreds of thousands of miles of mountains, plains, hills and rivers—in just a few bytes," … the size of a brief email. "The rest of the client is built to work like an Internet browser—objects are actually streamed to the players as they are encountered in the World. This makes the entire system completely dynamic and easily expandable, just like the Web."Check out the rest of the preview for more. Shadowbane is currently in closed beta and set for a release late this year. We'll keep you posted as more details become available.
Multiplayed Preview of Shadowbane
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