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GA-RPG has taken an in-depth look at Shadowbane, the massively-multiplayer online RPG in development by Wolfpack Studios. Mac users should pay special attention to this one; as we noted yesterday, the other Mac-friendly MMORPG in development, Dark Zion, was cancelled due to lack of publisher interest. However, Shadowbane will not suffer the same fate, as this title already has a publisher and is well along in development.
The preview covers many aspects of Shadowbane, including the impressive graphics engine which will allow whole armies to be on screen at the same time. Here's a clip:
Wolfpack’s in-house graphics engine, the Arcane engine, has a number of advanced features including things like flexible character skeletons, allowing non-humanoid skeletal animation, individual character heights, direct use of motion capture or animation data, and body part swapping and loss. Yep, that’s where the infamous bloody arm club comes in. There is also polygon reduction allowing the game to dynamically adjust an object's level of detail according to how your system can handle it.Graphics in games of this genre have not really been up-to-par with other 3D games, though Wolfpack is hoping to change that. Shadowbane still has quite a ways to go before release, but should be out next year.
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GA-RPG Shadowbane Preview
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