First person Parkour
“We also wanted a system that encouraged a ‘survival’ playstyle. In a real zombie apocalypse, what would most people do? They’d choose their fights wisely. They’d run away if need be. They’d try to get to higher ground. So freedom of movement let us design the game with that choice built in. It was ‘fight or flight’ – and not just one or the other on repeat.”
"Natural movement could become an industry standard."
Before Dying Light, Techland previously created fellow zombie title Dead Island for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC in 2011. While the titles share some similarities – the multitudes of brain-munchers the most evident – Dying Light’s transition to the new generation of console hardware and major gameplay alterations, including the presence of parkour, meant that the studio was essentially building from the ground up.
“When we started out, we were basically manually putting in invisible interactive points where the player could grab and pull themselves up, ” lead programmer Bartosz Kulon says.
“We called these ‘hooks’ and they were dotted across all our in-game assets. But to give the illusion of ‘go anywhere, climb anything’ we had to put a ton of these onto every wall, crate, street lamp, fence and so on. Pretty soon we had something like 50, 000 hooks on one segment of the map and any movement or change in the level design would bring this all tumbling down. Even in testing it felt like we were constantly playing catch up; players were going to places we hadn’t predicted, so after each round of playtesting we’d have more and more hooks to place on top of the existing ones.
“This was actually a major hurdle that could have derailed the whole project. Then, based on an idea that was proposed, our senior game programmer sat down on his own and prototyped a system that analyses the environment in front of you in real-time and, based on certain geometric conditions, decides if you can climb the object. If the conditions are met, then the climb animation is triggered. This was probably the biggest turning point for our entire development.”
Dubbed the ‘Natural Movement’ system, Techland’s dynamic approach to judging whether players could traverse a variety of obstacles provided a manageable method to allow movement across the studio’s biggest game world yet, which measures three to four times the size of Dead Island.
“We could now ditch all those pesky hooks and just focus on ensuring the assets met the set conditions when and where we wanted them to, ” Kulon continues. “Getting the first-person Natural Movement system to where it is now was still a lot of hard work, but the core idea from that early prototype was the seed that saved the game.”
Allowing buildings to be scaled was just the first foothold in Natural Movement’s integration. Techland then had to make sure that hero Kyle Crane was able to freely move around the environment, without breaking the reality of the experience – he may be a secret agent, but he’s not Stretch Armstrong.
“It was a mainly a combination of clever level design and keeping the experience realistic, ” Binkowski says of the solution. “Our Natural Movement system was meant to remove all those pesky artificial barriers we’d come to expect in first-person games, but that didn’t mean our character could all of a sudden know no limitations. We just had to make sure that all obstacles in the game made sense: where we placed them and why they were there in the first place.”
This was particularly critical when it came to considering where Crane should and shouldn’t be able to reach, even with his newfound powers of parkour. The same logic had to be applied to pursuing zombies, too, with variant forms of the undead exhibiting different levels of agility.When did india rubber first get used for cane tips? How can earlier tips becoming person? How to find slope of a line? How to get into the metaverse? How to imac tricks? What does 😊 mean? What is difference between beef tips and stew meat? How to cook brussel sprouts in the oven? When winning the lottery tips? How to make tricks with mardi gras beads? What does lip cancer look like? How to start a photography business? What does cocky mean? How to fix a dripping faucet? How to turn on tips on twitter? What does 95 confidence mean? what is the difference between a helper challenge and a self challenge Tips to get sober when high? What does tenacious mean? How to kill mold on wood? how to download tutu helper on computer How to tell if an egg is good? how to make hamburger helper cheesey macaroni in the microwave What a blue aura meaning? What is the meaning of bonjour? What is the meaning to stairway to heaven? What does ami mean? How to do nail dip with tips? How to send a text message? How to make granola bars? How to screenshot on iphone 12? How to increase grip strength? Tips on how to budget your money wisely? What does ptl stand for? What does lingo mean? 3 tips on how to suck dick? What does melancholy mean? What does 💗 mean? How to make your dog a service dog? How to store broccoli? What is the meaning of unconditional love? How to start an online boutique? How to lock notes on iphone? what does a press helper do Who teaches yhe begining course oin guitar tricks? What is the meaning of godfrey? How to train a bunny to do tricks? What does rhetorical question mean? How to make a lot of money? How to know if someone likes you? What is the meaning of numbers? what is an eline helper Sam and dan are twins who like playing tricks on each other? How to get rid of stomach ache? How to see if you have a warrant? What is hibiscus tea good for? What are the side effects of abilify? How long to bake pork chops at 375? How to sew a button? How to know if you have tonsil stones? Collated meaning when printing? How much do domino's delivery drivers make in tips? What do you do with a soccer ball joke meaning? We are not now that strength which in old days meaning? what is utikdownload helper How to reduce belly fat? Tips for when you're broke in your 20s? What is the meaning of slow oxidation? Tips how to update samsung galaxy note 4? helper how much per hour What does it mean when you dream about? Does kitchen staff who receives tips get overtime? What is the meaning of dilemma in english? How to print labels from word? What grade are 13 year olds in? how does the t helper cell recognizes & respond to an antigen different than the cytoxic t cells How to inject a turkey? How to warm up fully cooked beef tips in a crock pot? What does a hernia look like? What does b mean in text? How does a mentalist do their tricks? dragon blaze which paladin helper set to buy how to switch helper on otogi How to help shin splints? How to make balsamic vinaigrette? What does federalism mean? What does crocodiles look like? What are my rights as a citizen? What is the meaning of xoxo in texting? What is cellular data? How to change voicemail on android? How to set up new iphone from old iphone? How to hide phone number? What goes around comes around meaning? What are endosomes? how to make a member of myfreecam permanent room helper How to get rid of stye overnight? What do white fingernails mean? what is a young helper to a renaissance ladu python what to name a helper method Pro tips on how to chip? Tips for a millenial who doesant act like a millenial?