Is that this actual life? 12 years in the past, in a really totally different PC gaming surroundings where voxels had been simply changing into the model du jour, a solo indie undertaking known as Dice World made a hell of a splash. Minecraft-like, however with extra of an RPG bent, the event movies posted to YouTube pulled in tens and even lots of of hundreds of views. It was progressing slowly however steadily till 2014, solely to go silent for 5 years. When it abruptly returned and launched, effectively, Dice World turned out to be… fairly dangerous.
That anticlimax appeared destined to be the tip of Dice World’s story, however right here we’re whiplashing again to the early 2000s once more. Dice World’s again, with a brand new trailer and a brand new web site, where developer Wolfram von Funck briefly described its return. It actually appears to be in the identical spirit Dice World all the time was, with an emphasis on utilizing procedural technology to create selection.
“The largest change I’m engaged on is procedural fashions,” says von Funck. “All creatures on this planet, together with gamers, NPCs, pets, at the moment are procedurally generated in order that mainly every creature is exclusive. No a part of a personality is hand-modeled, neither hair, face nor palms—every little thing is generated by an algorithm.”
This new model of the game, which he is known as Dice World Omega, is constructed on a brand new Vulkan graphics engine. The identify might sound a bit braggadocious on its face, however it’s really a reference to Dice World’s alpha, which is a little bit of a sore spot for folk who adopted the game a few years in the past. Earlier than he took that 5 12 months break, von Funck launched an alpha model of Dice World that had some RPG fundamentals already working, together with character leveling and ability timber. When it returned, the discharge model had surprisingly stripped these options out. It was now not the kind of RPG folks had been following and dreaming of taking part in for thus lengthy.
It looks like von Funck hasn’t fairly given up on that unique thought both. “I selected the undertaking title Dice World Omega as a reference to Dice World Alpha, as a result of I’d wish to develop it within the spirit of that model, however with a brand new engine and new options,” he says.
The factor that actually makes my head spin is that this new submit makes no point out of a launch date or how a lot of the work has already been accomplished. It is nebulous however promising, similar to Dice World was so way back in 2011. However this time, Dragon Quest Builders 2 already exists, and it is kinda the entire bundle that Dice World all the time wished to be.