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For now, we call this project "Yas" which stands for Yet Another Shooter, but that is only a temporary name. It is an oldschool style, top-down shooter which focuses primarily on singleplayer and cooperative multiplayer, later we may want to add competitive multiplayer modes too. We are making this game because we just love to make a game. We are not trying to compete with AAA game titles, but we do have an eye for quality.
See also Yas on IndieDB for blog posts, screenshots, movies, etc.
The story takes place on Mercury in a distant future where space travel within our solar system is as common as airplanes are today. Mercury has been colonized mainly by mining corporations which are mining for its metal and minerals. Most of the buildings are underground, because the temperatures at the surface are extreme. One day, the miners discover an unknown type of metal deep underground and they attempt to drill through it, with no success. Special drilling heads are made on Earth and shipped to Mercury, but just before they arrive they lose contact with the landing site on Mercury.
In the beginning of the game, the player finds that aliens occupied Mercury long before humans did, but the aliens live inside the planet core within a metal hull around their cities to hide their precense from our scanners. Apparently these are the aliens that have been abducting humans for centuries and performed tortuous experiments on humans.
We want an oldschool gameplay, which means non-linear maps and bonuses in areas you don't really need to go for the mission goals. The aliens will have basic AI and the game will not focus on aiming skills to get them killed. There will be puzzles to solve, civillians to rescue and a lot of weapons to shoot with. The game engine will change the locations and amount of aliens depending on the number of players in cooperative multiplayer, so that it still requires effort to play through the game together. We also have special armor, shields and damages in various types which introduces a more strategic puzzle element throughout the game.
The game engine is proprietary software written by Pascal van der Heiden and this is an ongoing process. We currently focus on big wins first and leave all polishing for later. The game runs on Microsoft Windows and will also have a dedicated server for Linux so that dedicated multiplayer servers can be hosted. We already have a good base engine to work with, but the special effects (shadows, lighting, particles, etc) and sounds are yet to be made. The video on the left shows our editing tools and specifically a feature in our engine that allows us to use meshes for wall and floor texturing. (But you should really watch the movie in HD on YouTube to see the details better)