Download the scene here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7557268/Unreal/Scifi_Bunk.7z
Final finished scene and screenshots (see below and rest of thread for WIP shots):
Old first post:
Haven't posted on here properly in a while, been really busy with changing jobs!
I've been messing around in Unreal for a bit now, just trying to get my head around everything and I've also been wanting to learn a lot more about blueprints too, so I decided to start yet another generic sci-fi scene! Yay! I don't think anyone's done sci-fi in Unreal yet, should be fairly unique.
Seriously though, I do want to try and separate this from other sci-fi scenes a bit, I'm not entirely sure how just yet. I'm going for a kind of retro look, with the fake wooden panelling. Gonna try and come up with some sort of background story to kinda embed it in some kind of universe a bit more. Thinking of doing something a little System Shock 2, an abandoned space station and you have to figure out what happened. But the entire point of this scene is to just let me explore Unreal a little more, get used to the rendering, and learn a lot more about blueprints. I want this to be really interactive.
Orbiting Planetary Engineering Facility
An orbiting space station above a planet in the beginning stages of being terraformed. The space station is a base for the research scientists and engineers involved in the terraforming. They primarily live on this station, but also go on excursions down to the planet for weeks at a time in order to seed the planet with algae and other microbes, with the end goal of making the planet hospitable in generations to come. The station generates it's own gravity via its spinning superconductors below the station, and has the technology to create food (as well as having large stores from Earth), and also generates and recycles it's own breathable air.
A large group of scientists and engineers left Earth 40 years previously, aboard a giant interstellar space station, in order to travel to the nearest star system to ours and start up a human colony in a different star system.
However, Earth received a distress signal 5 years into the terraforming process. A single garbled message was received, and no other contact has been made since. Fortunately, since the departure of the original crew, technology has been developed that has reduced the large amount of time required to travel across space, but the time required is still fairly substantial.
You are one of the crew members sent to investigate the cause of the distress signal. After waking up from 10 years in stasis, you are approaching the station, eager to find out what caused the distress signal.
- Primarily to learn Unreal 4 rendering techniques.
- Learn basic Unreal blueprints (opening doors, turning on light switches etc)
- Show a scene from beginning to end, showing all stages of production.
- Release online for other people to learn from.
- Investigate environmental storytelling.
Alien, Bioshock, Ringworld, Halo.
Here's a few blockout shots of where it's at. I've been working on a door and light sequence, so that when you open the door, the lights flick on one by one. Hoping to add some audio in too to sell the effect! At the moment the scene is quite small; just the one bunk room, so that I don't get too burnt out in the blockout phase. I may extend this scene a little further afterwards. Also, I'm thinking of changing out the desk area for a kitchen area to prepare food.
With this scene I want to achieve the following:
-Keep everything on the grid so it is easy to swap out sections for alternatives. We did this a lot on Alien Isolation and it worked really well.
-Learn Unreal blueprint scripting! A few examples being having lights turn on when the door opens and turn off again when the player leaves the room, having the TV interactable and have it dynamically light the scene, and also maybe be able to open the window shutter and allow the sunlight in. Nothing particularly mindblowing, but just a bit interactivity which I haven't really done in anything I've worked on before.
-Experiment with audio.
-Learn more about Unreal's rendering.
Cheers guys, please give any crits you can. It's all still very blockout so I'm willing to change anything!