Otherland making-of video delves into AI, EightSquared, more

Friday, 30th March 2012 14:45 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Gamigo and RealU have released a video detailing the medieval simulation EightSquared in a new making of feature for Otherland: Green Fields. The world, created by Tad Williams, features Victorian architecture with gigantic chess pieces floating around in the sky while the White and Red Armies wage an endless war against one another. The video also has some insight into the Lifecycle AI of NPC which have their their own behavioral patterns that can be influenced to an extent by player interaction. Watch below. The UE3-powered MMORPG is out sometime this year.



  1. LOLshock94

    #1 3 years ago
  2. TheWulf

    I’m still amazingly excited about this one.

    How many times have I said that ‘fantasy’ should mean ‘fantasy?’ These guys are really living up to that with what they’ve shown us, thus far. Some of it looks like what one might see when substance abusing. But frankly? Parts of any fantasy setting should look like that.

    (This is why I’m so excited by the scar and the Black Citadel in Guild Wars 2, and I plan on spending a lot of time at those locations.)

    Art and surreality are two very important factors to fantasy, and it always has been. Surreality are those moments when you see something that you hadn’t expected and likely couldn’t have, because this isn’t your world. It’s some bizarre, alien place that’s undergone a very different evolutionary path. And there’s stuff going on there that you can’t even begin to understand.

    This is why I didn’t much like Amalur, it was like it hated surreality and because of that almost everything you saw was typical. You could walk through it feeling bored saying ‘seen that, and that, seen that too, no imagination here.’ Because a proper fantasy game is like walking through a world that someone has in their head, someone who doesn’t see things quite the same way as the rest of us.

    Surreality is a strong part of fantasy, then, and it always will be. I’m not so much of a fan of pop-culture fantasy (throw in everything that people think is cool!), and I’m not so much of a fan of dullsville Tolkienesque fantasy. But stuff like this?

    Sure, I can get on board with this.

    It’s a lot of promise though. I wonder if they’ll live up to their own visuals?

    #2 3 years ago

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