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I'm not sure if there is going to be zooming or not, but I had an idea that sort of involved that. As we know, the backgrounds in PE are going to be prerendered and our models are going to be 3D. However, the prerendered backgrounds are going to be first modeled in 3D. That allows the artists to play with changing the perspectives whenever we are in "smaller rooms." I believe JSawyer talked about changing the angles shown whenever the party would be in a building, but I think this can be taken further. Imagine this tomb (and many similar "small rooms" in BG2.)

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Now imagine if the camera was changed, and the room was zoomed in. The room would feel a lot bigger, and more could be done within the room. Imagine that you could search a corner of the room. You could change the feel of the experience, by just changing the angling and the zooming of the camera.You can see the tomb and the lich that comes out of it a little better. That can make for a more terrifying experience. It's more up-close and personal.

Of course, it would still be isometric and not 1st person.

Now, perhaps the narrative sequence requires a more "close" feel. Perhaps, an NPC is sharing a secret with you in this room. But now you can see the room a little better. Imagine how the atmosphere of this room could be changed just by zooming in a little and changing the angle of the camera. Imagine meeting in a small room, lit only by a singular candle. Your party shifting in their gear and a singular individual talking to you by that candle-light.

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"Coo! Changes the atmosphere quick as ye blink!"

Edited by Hormalakh, 01 December 2012 - 03:12 PM.


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Here's another image that was epic in BG2. Imagine just zooming in and changing the angle slightly oculd have totally changed the atmosphere. It could've made the dragon seem even more amazing.

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The project is pretty low budget, I think that Obsidian shouldn't experiment too much. Besides, every change in perspective would mean drawing the whole map again which is time consuming.

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The project is pretty low budget, I think that Obsidian shouldn't experiment too much. Besides, every change in perspective would mean drawing the whole map again which is time consuming.


No. You misunderstand. The whole room would be "drawn" at a different perspective. And it isn't consuming. Everything is already done from a camera anyway. The 3d modeling of the landscape is already prerendered. You set your camera at the direction you want, the zoom value, and the angle at which it is projecting and whatever your background renders, you just set your 3D models to render at that same camera angle. The monsters are 3D models, so you can see different angles. Your party is at a different angle automatically. and any 3d models also render at that new camera zoom and angle. It should be pretty easy to do.

The question is, does it make for a better and more engaging narrative if you do mess with camera angles and zooming? I think it can be effective in certain situations and locations, like small rooms.

Edited by Hormalakh, 01 December 2012 - 06:39 PM.


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Hormalakh, I don't know if you caught this statement by Sawyer as to his thoughts:

For open exterior environments, we are experimenting (as in this image) with rendering scenes from an angle that is closer to Fallout and Fallout 2, about 15 degrees lower than the BG/IWD camera angles. There are a few reasons for this, the main one being that tall vertical objects can be seen in greater detail. Because the environments are open, the practical issues of overlapping walls and obstructions are not usually a problem. We will continue to experiment with this angle and the higher angle on interiors to see what mix works.


http://forums.obsidi...40#entry1234960

So, I guess they're still experimenting with the concept.

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Hormalakh, I don't know if you caught this statement by Sawyer as to his thoughts:


For open exterior environments, we are experimenting (as in this image) with rendering scenes from an angle that is closer to Fallout and Fallout 2, about 15 degrees lower than the BG/IWD camera angles. There are a few reasons for this, the main one being that tall vertical objects can be seen in greater detail. Because the environments are open, the practical issues of overlapping walls and obstructions are not usually a problem. We will continue to experiment with this angle and the higher angle on interiors to see what mix works.


http://forums.obsidi...40#entry1234960

So, I guess they're still experimenting with the concept.


I interpreted that quote to mean they're still experimenting with camera angle in the globally static sense--where it will be for the entire game.

At first I thought OP meant this idea, but it sounds like OP's idea is to have different camera angles for specific area types, just a single re-angle iteration instead of multiples, so the work on backgrounds should theoretically be the same. On the other hand, the avatar animations may require multiple renders at different angles+positions, including all combat animations and all armor and weapons, so that may not be worth it for only an atmosphere effect.... Dunno.

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Ieo - I'm sure you're right as my technical expertise could be written on the back of a match cover.

I misunderstood what Hormalakh was saying apparently.

It's good to see you posting more again!

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Ieo - I'm sure you're right as my technical expertise could be written on the back of a match cover.

I misunderstood what Hormalakh was saying apparently.

It's good to see you posting more again!


No worries. I suspect this topic really belongs in the Engine/Technology subforum, really. :)

And thanks, between work and night school, Nov-Dec are really the hell months! I'm too tired to even play BG:EE--how horrible is that? :sweat:

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I'm fine with a constant zoom and perspective. I'd prefer they spend less resources on the 3D character models and just not zoom in ever. Also making zoomed in rooms would require more detail, therefore more time and resources.

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The project is pretty low budget, I think that Obsidian shouldn't experiment too much. Besides, every change in perspective would mean drawing the whole map again which is time consuming.


No. You misunderstand. The whole room would be "drawn" at a different perspective. And it isn't consuming. Everything is already done from a camera anyway. The 3d modeling of the landscape is already prerendered. You set your camera at the direction you want, the zoom value, and the angle at which it is projecting and whatever your background renders, you just set your 3D models to render at that same camera angle. The monsters are 3D models, so you can see different angles. Your party is at a different angle automatically. and any 3d models also render at that new camera zoom and angle. It should be pretty easy to do.

The question is, does it make for a better and more engaging narrative if you do mess with camera angles and zooming? I think it can be effective in certain situations and locations, like small rooms.


But there is a 2D hand-drawn image on top of the 3D model, wouldn't they have to have the that image drawn again?

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But there is a 2D hand-drawn image on top of the 3D model, wouldn't they have to have the that image drawn again?


You're right, painting would have to be redone if you used the same room model at different vertical angles. Also the 3D models will be made for one perspective, not as complete 3D scenes, like 3D Skyboxs in Source engine games, often two or three sides aren't there because they're only ever seen from one angle. So you couldn't have a room be at isometric or cavalier oblique, then move the angle horizontally but moving it vertically would still be possible, although it would have to be repainted.

Edited by AwesomeOcelot, 02 December 2012 - 04:02 AM.


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the commandos games alloyed you to look at the map from 4 angles, and they were isometric (no?)

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the commandos games alloyed you to look at the map from 4 angles, and they were isometric (no?)


I haven't seen that in gameplay videos, this would only be achieved in a 2D isometric game by having four assets for one object. That wouldn't be that hard considering the game doesn't look that much better than C&C or Red Alert, with repeated objects placed on tiles, both those games I believe had 8 assets for moving objects that rotated. It depends whether Obsidian want to do that for more angles or if they want to spend their time making rooms look unique or varied. In Commandos a lot of the assets seem to have 4 to 8 versions already just viewing at one angle, objects are placed on the map at different angles, two identical buildings next to each other are placed at angles e.g. facing north and north-west.

Edited by AwesomeOcelot, 02 December 2012 - 04:38 AM.


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You can zoom in BGEE and it's cool, but when you zoom in too close it gets pixelated (due to paperdoll resolution no doubt). P:E will obviously be more high-tech.

It's like zooming in on a picture in "Picture Viewer", scroll up zooms in, scroll down zooms out.

Angles are a bit more tricky with a 2D image, you'd have to draw the image from several different views.

EDIT: Some areas could even be oddly angled (like the picture in the attachment) as an illusion, or a magical area where you walk on walls or walk upside down on the roof~

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Edited by Osvir, 02 December 2012 - 04:28 AM.


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EDIT: Some areas could even be oddly angled (like the picture in the attachment) as an illusion, or a magical area where you walk on walls or walk upside down on the roof~


*Tilts head* I hope not, that's giving me neck ache.

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I think that the types of sudden shifts in scale and angle described by the OP would have limited usefulness and may be disconcerting. Changes in mood and atmosphere can be accomplished by other means: sounds, music, colors, illumination, timing, or cut-scenes.
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Zooming, yes I would like to have both for battlefield and better locational awareness plus ability to have better look at your characters and equipment; rotation of camera angles I do not require and do not care about. As long as any set items or scenery become's a form of transpanacy so do not lose sight of the characters or items behind them, then thats all I require as far as angles are concerned.

Edited by Dragoonlordz, 02 December 2012 - 08:35 AM.


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I think that the types of sudden shifts in scale and angle described by the OP would have limited usefulness and may be disconcerting. Changes in mood and atmosphere can be accomplished by other means: sounds, music, colors, illumination, timing, or cut-scenes.


Well it's worth considering and testing. They are in pre-production anyway: now would be the time to try these sorts of things out. It might not be at disconcerting as you think, but I do agree that if it is too jarring, it would be counter-productive.

I'm not sure everyone actually understands my idea. It's a little difficult to convey. Basically, the camera for the outside areas and in the city would be at one certain angle and zoom/focal-length. Then in certain rooms, where it can convey another mood, you have different angles and zoom lengths. But that probably still doesn't help clarify....oh well.

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EDIT: Some areas could even be oddly angled (like the picture in the attachment) as an illusion, or a magical area where you walk on walls or walk upside down on the roof~


*Tilts head* I hope not, that's giving me neck ache.


Obviously the background picture would have to be accommodated and authentic to the "idea". Kind of like the Harry Potter staircase.
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Sorry for the picture, couldn't find a better one (didn't look hard enough).

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Something else I'm thinking about...

Resident Evil pre-rendered 2D backgrounds. It'd be cool for some areas with a close-up on combat but... yeah maybe not, just throwing it out there.
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