John Cordell has provided another peek at the status of the Gemini Gold project. This image shows the original Privateer loadout screen and the updated shot in the new engine. The room has been recreated in 3D and polished object models have been integrated into the menu seamlessly. As previously mentioned, the team is trying to recreate a number of the interface locations that were not as sharp in some Privateer remakes. Other projects have simply stretched the original backgrounds and superimposed newer models. There's still a bit more work to be done on the scene, and the next published update to GG is probably a ways off, but the final interior shots should look great.
You will recognize for sure that the picture is missing some details, also the light needs a bit of
tweaking - so it is a usual work in progress shot. As you can see, we try - even with the new rendered interiors - to make the game look like it did "in the good old days."
The Austin Game Conference has announced that former Privateer Online and Star Wars Galaxies designer/director Raph Koster will be speaking at this year's event. The convention has expanded to include three days of discussion focused on online PC and console games. Early registration starts at $250 for students interested in the entertainment software business, and acceptance to the main event also allows access to the concurrent Game Writers Conference, Casual Games Conference and Game Audio Conference. Representatives from EA, NCSoft and other local companies will also be presenting and in attendance. Organizers of the event include Origin veterans such as WC Prophecy lead designer Billy Joe Cain and Privateer Online producer Rich Vogel.
The Austin Game Conference (AGC) - now in its 4th year - is the definitive conference for online and networked game development, including massively multiplayer online games, casual games, online PC and console games. The event is marketed internationally and provides a venue where developers, technologists and business professionals can network with colleagues, learn from industry leaders, stay informed about the latest tools, technologies and techniques and get business done in a relaxed atmosphere.