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Neverwinter Nights Designer Diary Update
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Blue's News has noted a recent update made to an ongoing Neverwinter Nights designer diary, currently being hosted at the Neverwinter Vault. The diary, maintained by Art Director Marc Holmes, shares Homes' random thoughts about BioWare's progress as NWN gets closer to completion.

Speaking of completion, it appears that Homes' team is over the bulk of art creation. He notes that in a few weeks, the first pass of 200 creatures will be complete, including both modeling and animation. The first nine tile sets are also nearing completion, with a new viewing feature where "the second floor fades away when it comes between you and the camera," allowing players to still freely look around when indoors.

Here's a clip from the diary detailing the sheer amount of work that's been done art-wise:

If we look back on our last year-and-a-half of work, it's pretty impressive. A virtual view of NWN art content right now would resemble that scene from The Matrix with those infinite racks of guns that come zooming in from nowhere. An army of characters and creatures standing in formation, rows of landscape tiles stretching as far as the eye can see, seemingly infinite racks of weapons, items and armor, a vast library of magical scrolls, a veritable gallery of portraits. If you lay the artwork in this game end to end it would circle the Internet three times.
For the full diary entry as well as other information on NWN, be sure to check out the NW Vault. NWN is expected to ship for both Mac and PC sometime early next year. Don't forget to check out IMG's recently posted preview of this title as well for some hands-on impressions.

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