Ahead of its launch next year, Wild West Dynasty developer Virtual Magic Games has shared some info about how the survival sandbox's environments are crafted. The devs say that every environment is hand-modeled before moving on to rendering it in-game.
How are the Wild West Dynasty environments created?
In a development trailer, Virtual Magic Games and publisher Toplitz say the secret to making compelling environments is "that human touch". Every biome in Wild West Dynasty is hand-modeled using modeling blocks "before a single polygon is rendered". Once the landscape has been created with these plastic blocks, it's then scanned into computers, with artists smoothing out rough edges and scaling the level appropriately.
Once this process is complete, the developers 3D print the skeleton of the level they've created, then layer it over with clay. At this point, the devs begin to hand-craft landscape features like boulders, mesas, clifftops, and more. Once the level is complete, it's scanned back in once more in order for the detail to be added. After this, the digital art team takes over, adding textures, lighting, and extra "population" like trees and rocks. Virtual Magic and Toplitz describe this as a "long, complex process", but they reckon it's worth it for the organic, physical feel it gives the levels in Wild West Dynasty.
When is the Wild West Dynasty release date?
If you're anything like us, this deep dive into Wild West Dynasty's level design has you excited to play the game. Unfortunately, it's going to be a little while before you can, as it's not slated to arrive until 2022. The detailed Wild West sim will feature both a structured mission system and a Free Play mode if you just want to settle down and build a little ranch somewhere. It'll also have an in-depth skill tree, plenty of cowboy activities to engage in, and a huge open world to explore.
We'll bring you more on Wild West Dynasty as soon as we get it, of course. Until we hear more about the release date, you can wishlist the game on Steam right now. We're sure to hear more about Wild West Dynasty in the coming weeks and months, so drop into the telegraph office in your local one-horse town and keep your ear to the ground, pardner.
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