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Small update

18 November 2015 - 06:53 AM

We would like to try posting regular updates in between the more major news items, giving you all a feel of where we're at. So here is a small update!

Phil (zoombapup) is currently busy with the cover system for AI as some of you might have read in the dedicated AI discussion forums. It's on the edge of being usable at the moment. Next step is implementing a cover spot reservation system, to make sure several NPCs don't try to take cover in the same spot and start arguing about who was first. This cover system is an important milestone as it's needed to further develop the squad code.

So when the basics of the cover system are implemented Phil will focus on squad behaviors and give them some love soon. Right now the squads have no concept of actually being in cover. An NPC for instance doesn't know if the guy he is firing at is in the open or not. Hopefully we will see some interesting squad behavior in the next months. Phil hopes to get additional squad code written and have the first pass terrorist hunt ready for the New Year, but we'll have to see how it goes. The day job is demanding so Phil's slammed for the coming weeks with Uni related work and development is mostly done during the weekends.

Kris has been hammering away at multiplayer issues in order to create a smoother MP experience. Improving the Steam integration, providing a better server browser and better loadout & appearance replication. So yeah, lots to do on the multiplayer side of things!

The new UI developed by Costa (Scopey) is being implemented step-by-step and is coming along nicely. Besides the technical challenges, real life catches up as well, so Kris might go back to his system of waking up at 2-4am to work on Ground Branch before the day starts *shudders*. Plans for coming weeks are to get some good night's sleep, fixing that annoying bug causing client side items to detach from dying players and debugging everything else like crazy. And shoot at John some more.

That's it for today. We'll try to give you a new update soonish, thanks for reading!

- Zoog

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UI update and Ending Operator Edition sales

29 October 2015 - 09:08 PM

Things are moving along slowly but surely. We have been working hard to resolve some networking bugs that have been a thorn in our side for a while, and are very close to having everything resolved in that area. That should allow for much smoother online play and hopefully more public showings of actual gameplay.

We have a new contributor to the project that has been working on some UI concepts (He actually did the main GB logo as well Posted Image ). His name is Costa and goes by 'Scopey' (Used to be SAF_Night Scope) on the forum and has been doing a wonderful job coming up with the direction of the Ground Branch UI. The next release of the Operator Edition will include the start of moving to this new design.

Here are a few concept images showing the new direction

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Since we are getting a lot closer to an Early Access release we have decided to stop selling the Ground Branch Operator Edition on November 15th. We have 45 Steam keys left in our initial run so lets get them all sold in the next week or so!

The reason we are cutting off sales is to make sure those that purchase the Operator Edition get their money worth. We want them to have time before the Early Access release to provide valuable feedback and to feel as though they have been an important part of the early development.

So lets get these last few Operator Editions sold!

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we will just leave this right here.....

09 September 2015 - 09:25 PM

I was working on lighting for the Tanker Ship map and decided to do a screen grab. This is straight from the editor, pasted into PS and saved out. :)




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Some new weapon renders

27 August 2015 - 07:00 PM

We have been doing a lot of work on networking and AI lately and that stuff is kind of hard to show off until its done. Though Phil has been doing a good job of posting AI progress in the forums.  :)

So why not show off some weapon work we have been doing!

The sniper rifle that will be in the Early Access is the M14 EBR and here is the current progress on the high poly version:


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And for the Light Machine Gun in the Early Access we will be including a Mk46 MOD 1. Here is the in game asset rendered in engine:

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The Mk46 will also make its debut in the official 1009 Operator Edition build coming soon. Thanks for all the support we have received to this point... it is GREATLY appreciated!

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A quick peek

24 July 2015 - 03:16 PM

About a month ago we showed off one of the early stages of the TankerShip map that is currently available in the Ground Branch Operator Edition. The map is massive and will allow us to actually utilize 3 unique playable spaces, each with various day/night/weather combinations making for a map that provides lots of replayability over various MP/Coop modes. The goal for Ground Branch is to get as much replayability out of our content as possible and this is a step in the right direction.

Over the last few weeks, the engine room area of the map has gone¬  through an initial art pass so we thought we'd share a few screenshots!

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We are working hard to get us closer to Early Access, but while you wait why not pick up the Operator Edition and help support the project! www.groundbranch.com/store¬  

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