We are creating a slum environment pack and demo environment for our Final Major Project at Uni. Hopefully we will create the assets and tools to allow anyone to create a level or environment based in our city or just a generic slum environment. We’re putting a British twist on the city but other than that we are mostly creating modular, reusable asset packs.
The city is set in a large cove providing shelter from the harsh storms and winds experienced on the flat planes above. As time went on the cove has been slowly opened up by the extreme weather and the cliffs have broken down opening the city up to the incredibly harsh waves and storms from the sea. This city is struggling to survive between the windswept heaths and the destructive sea. To protect the city a breakwater was created which had little affect on the huge waves and so an even larger breakwater was created to protect the lucky and wealthy leaving behind a section of the city to face the elements. This is where our level will be situated the slum near Breakwater 31. We watched films like Children of Men, Snowpiercer, District 9, Elysium and have used game worlds such as Half-Life 2, Last of Us and Homefront as reference for various ways to create the depth of world.
Here are some of my concepts so far:
I’m an environment artist and working with me is elliottpacel
a technical artist. My main focus is on the material definition, construction of the art assets and building the display level. The assets are going to be realistic and high fidelity for use on PC and VR and LOD-ed enough to run on mobile giving the asset pack a wide scalability.
Elliotts focus is to create the tools to work alongside the assets:
- Building blueprint which will create an easy way to create buildings of varying sizes, wall meshes, materials and colours.
- Spline-based positioning for things like cables, hanging lights, barbed wire and cliff sections.
- Random asset placement system which will allow the user to add meshes and randomly position them to quickly populate areas.
As well as shader and VFX work later on.
You can follow our work over at http://keproject.co.uk