RobotWarz Graphics are Finally Underway

December 19, 2009 Posted by Tyler Cruz

It’s been a bit over a month since I last gave an update on RobotWarz, the game I’ve been developing.

My previous post update unveiled what RobotWarz was all about and included a video giving a good glimpse into how the game will function. It proved to be a popular post, garnering 65 comments. People seem to be really interested in the process of developing a game.

For about a week-and-a-half thereafter, the programmer added some new features to the game including the Capacity system (roughly equivalent to “Mana” in other games such as World of Warcraft), a sample Special Ability (Self-Repair), a visual auto-targeting system, and the ability to destroy weapons, add-on’s, and helper bots.

Since then, we spent roughly the past 3 weeks or so looking for a competent designer that could deliver what we wanted and needed. We were originally going to go with a company called NixSolutions, but their quote ended up being much larger than they had originally told us.

We scoured the net looking for other sources, which proved to be a very tiring ordeal. There is certainly no shortage of designers out there, but we needed a very specific style of design. It was a very tiring process and in the end we probably ended up “almost hiring” a dozen different sources.

Fortunately, I finally managed to find the right man for the job after finding a Russian freelance site. It had no English on it, but had an easy way to search and look through providers’ portfolios.

After roughly 3-weeks of searching for an artist that would suit the style of this game, I finally understood why games are always having their release dates extended!

Concept Art for RobotWarz

Here are the three main robot core design concepts for the game. The Android below is meant to be the weakest out of the three, but has a higher Intelligence attribute (making his Special Abilities more effective, among other perks):

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Below is the “Industrial Robot”. He is designed to be well-balanced and therefore fairly versatile:

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The third main core robot design is the “Tank Bot”. It’s designed to be very strong in terms of defence but will have a lower Intelligence attribute:

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Customization

One of the biggest features and draws to RobotWarz is its level of customization.

Apart from being able to choose and manage your robot type, weapons, add-on’s, attributes, special abilities, and helper bots, there is also a lot of visual customization you can make as well.

After selecting a robot type, players can then chose and customize the following:

  • Head
  • Arms
  • Feet/Tracks
  • Body
  • Texture (Ex. bullet holes, rivets, knicks, etc.)
  • Colour (255 colours with primary, secondary, and tertiary colors)

16 Billion Unique Robot Designs

This isn’t hyperbole. There are actually over 16 billion unique robot designs that can be created with RobotWarz.

The programmer for this project actually happens to have a Masters in Mathematics from Johns Hopkins University, so I took the opportunity of asking him what the actual number was for unique robot design possibilities.

As the game currently stands, there are 972 (324 per robot type) possible robot designs [4*(3*3*3*3)*3], and when you factor in the colour options, it works out to a staggering 16,307,453,952 [4*(3*3*3*3)*3*256*256*256]!

As a result, it will be extremely rare and almost impossible to ever find 2 robots that look exactly the same.

Next Update

If things go well, I think I may be able to give you guys another update in a week from now, with a video clip of the finalized robots in the game.

What do you guys think?

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Posted: December 19th, 2009 under My Websites  

35 Responses to “RobotWarz Graphics are Finally Underway”

  1. @crowdmanage says:

    It’s coming along. I think the potentially unique nature of each robot could be a selling point

    I will be very interested in hearing about how you will promote this new site. Will it be via your existing web properties, are you developing a Facebook ap, You tube videos, etc.?

    Look forward to the updates.

  2. Sunfrog says:

    I think your professor got it wrong. There are 969 unique possible robot designs which bumps up to 16,257,122,304 when you add in the colors.

    (324)+(324-1)+(324-2)=969

    (324)+(324-1 because the first robot is using one configuration up)+(324-2 because the first robot is using one configuration up and the second robot is using another possible configuration up)

    • Killian says:

      I don’t follow your logic. There are 324 combinations given one of the three types of robots. There are another 324 combinations given a different type of robot. There is no overlap because no two robots of different types can be considered the same.

  3. LukePeerFly says:

    Looks pretty cool. I am looking forward to making my bot! :)

  4. Paul Morales says:

    Great site, Looks like it’s going to be a great game can’t wait till it releases. I will probably test it out :)

  5. Dave Starr says:

    Tyler, it’s looking good. I salute your ‘reach’ here. Many of us fall into the trap of thinking it’s “innovative” to pu an animated plug-in into a side bar .. you’ve dreamed up a whole mini-world.

    No matter how brilliant the designs, there are already a bunch of war style battle games out there. I’m wondering if you have ever thought along these lines?

    What if a visitor could build a “Poker Robot”, and battle his/her way through a World Robot Poker Tour? I mean it’s all fantasy, so some of the physical war game fantasy dangers and actions could come along into the poker room … but I was just thinking of all the math involved, and how heavily the better poker platers rely on playing the odds …..

    Anyway, seems like a perfect ‘fit’ with your talents and interests.

  6. Ryan says:

    Seems to be coming along well. These are the type of posts (regardless of whether I like the idea or not) that I love to see on here. I’m really looking forward to the next post in a week or so!

  7. Jared says:

    Graphics are looking awesome!

  8. I have to admit that the game looks much better now that you have some decent robot concept art. The ability to customize is quite crucial. People love to tweak things just how they want it. So any further customization should help even more.

    You’ve probably already considered it, but you can also offer advanced customization. Game sites like pogo.com allow you to modify your profile by using tokens to buy various modifications. The same concept can be applied here to promote the higher membership levels.

  9. I’m wondering if you have ever thought along these lines?

  10. tattoo kits says:

    Wow – thats huge! Keep us posted on your progress with this Venture tyler!

  11. Very excited to see your progress in this projet Tyler.

    As I said to you.. in a past email. I’m also considering doing my own game. Being one.. a complete change on the game market (but this one will require bigger investments).

    The one I’m really planning to do right now. I’m going to start planning in March of the next year.

  12. Sohbet says:

    The one I’m really planning to do right now…

  13. Kristina says:

    Robots look really great!

  14. Money Bins says:

    The robot looks great, very creative. I wanted to be a video game designer since I was a child so you definitely have my interest on this project. I would also love to know if you have an idea of the release date.

  15. nice draws.I draw robot in solidworks just for funny.I wait for active robotwarz.

  16. This concept arts look great. I would even say that I see a lot of potential in this drawings. Hope to see the final product this year!

  17. Visually stunning , good luck completing the RobotWarz project for 2010

  18. Program says:

    Looks pretty cool. I am looking forward to making my bot!

  19. I think this project is the coolest thing on the web right now, i am glued to your progress! As like all ppl who grew up playing games, i always thought i could make one, so its cool to tag along as you make yours. Please keep us updated!

  20. Cool Concepts. I like that first picture.

  21. Program says:

    he one I’m really planning to do right now…

  22. Looks pretty cool. I am looking forward to making my bot!

  23. used tires says:

    That’s really cool Tyler, I only see it getting better as the designers continue to tweak on it :D Looking forward to the future updates!

    Till then,

    Jean

  24. VHS to DVD says:

    I have to say that I love the ability to track how your ventures are going in different niches – forums, websites, blogs, affiliates, gaming, etc. – so many of the “Make Money Online” stars out there really focus on affiliate sales or blogging, and don’t really show or explore the many other opportunities there are to making money online. Am eager to here and see more as your project develops.

  25. indir says:

    Cool Concepts. I like that first picture.

  26. Wow! this blueprint is really awesome with this design I can make a 3d model of this one.

  27. PPC Icon says:

    Come on Tyler, where’s the updates :) This thing will be finished at this rate before you update us!!

  28. SEO Tricks says:

    cool, Can you please share how have you developed the graphics.
    I mean can anybody with the knowledge of photoshop and Fireworks develop them and do we need a wacom too…
    Please share it with us.

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  30. hacetsizlik says:

    Graphics are looking awesome ;)

  31. tom says:

    Graphics are great! ;)

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