I may write about videogames and Grod knows I've played more than anyone should consider healthy, but when it comes right down to it, there are still aspects of the industry that I just don't know that much about.
For example, I'm pretty much clueless as to the ins and outs of how little details are created in the games I play and write about. Or at least I was, until I saw this video that follows PlanetSide 2 Senior Artist Roel Jovellanos as he narrates a time-lapse video of this own work that went into the creation of the Nanite Systems Sky Lance weapon prototype.
The following message is brought to you by NANITE SYSTEMS, an Auraxis corporation:
Looking for the perfect anti-air defense prototype when defending endless Auraxian terrain? The talented folks at Nanite Systems are proud to introduce the prototype Sky Lance weapon, found in Sony Online Entertainment's upcoming highly-anticipated MMO first person shooter PlanetSide®2!
An anti-air weapon prototype in development from Nanite Systems, the Sky Lance boasts accuracy and incredible power and was created to combat Galaxy hot-drops on friendly facilities with a single shot. However, the energy required to fire the stationary Sky Lance renders entire facilities vulnerable for minutes at a time. Continued research into ways to manage the power requirements of the Sky Lance is ongoing.
As a sneak peek, SOE has created a design time-lapse video of the Sky Lance weapon prototype with Senior Artist Roel Jovellanos, who walks the viewer through his process, from concept art to the fully textured 3D finish.
About Nanite SystemsNanite Systems was once a small company with a singular focus on Nanotechnology. With advances in technology allowing their nanites to do everything from mining to manufacturing, Nanite Systems has become the single largest of Auraxis' civilian corporations. Rather than siding with any one of the three empires battling for control of the planet, Nanite Systems provides services, weapons and vehicles to each empire equally. Well built and utilitarian, the Nanite Systems common pool vehicles and weapons are utilized in a variety of battlefield situations.
About PlanetSide 2
PlanetSide 2 takes all the groundbreaking features from the original game - massive multiplayer battles, distinct empires to rally around, and enormous continents where intense ground and air combat unfolds - and adds features that modern gamers have come to expect out of the FPS and MMO genres. With advanced technology, years of gamer feedback, and a new SOE proprietary MMO game engine called Forgelight™, PlanetSide 2 offers a truly competitive and visceral FPS experience with massive warfare, massive customization and massive community.
Across the continents of Auraxis, thousands of players will come together in enormous battles to win control of critical territories and key resources for their empire. With a an extensive skill tree and free-form class-based system, players will be able to customize their soldier, weapons and vehicles to match their play-style, as well as the needs of their squad, outfit or empire. Battles can last for days or weeks, so players will need to build alliances and specialized combat outfits to take on long-term strategic and tactical initiatives. With air, ground and seaborne combat, the battles will be larger and more intense than ever.