It was not so much the game, that part was finished. What mostly killed our ambitions of a quick port was KallistiOS and KallistiGL completely changing (as it happens with software evolution, nowhere near their fault), and our own engine changing over the past few years.
If you remember, Chui and myself, many years ago, got EDGE running on the Dreamcast with no issues. SLaVE was developed with a newer version of my engine, but it wasn’t so new that we didn’t expect the time to take to port would be so long.Rather, it has evolved into us submitting patches to KOS, and several work-arounds to get the hardware and toolchain “talking” to an extent. There were many things that we had to reduce and completely refactor (it was not as easy as we had initially hoped) and, finally, we are on the last leg — flushing out Video RAM; which also changed with KOS 2.0.
Combine that with an army of programmers, myself included, getting the thing to run without overflowing became a nightmare. We are finally at the point where we just need to handle VRAM auto-flushing, and the game will be ready.It was either that, or ship it in a very unreliable state. We are sorry to have stayed silent for so long, but with many of us encountering life-changing situations the last two years, it seemed we could only work on it here-and-there while real life took utmost priority. Luckily, things have became a bit more sane, and now we are hoping to get it done with the level of quality you would expect for a commercial release.
We could have done this much sooner, sure, but we wanted to do what we could to prevent random (sometimes, it wouldn’t even happen) video RAM overflows and other potential issues our customers could have faced.So please, be patient — we are gearing up to get it done, and once it does our engine will surely become a viable platform for other DC developers, and SLaVE itself will be more than worth the wait.
So, we hope that clears up the confusion about SLaVE's prolonged porting time. It has indeed taken much longer than anticipated. I will be more forthcoming to issues that plague us in the future.
The "army of programmers" I speak of was the regular 3DGE team (which permanently and prominently features Chilly Willy), but Josh "PH3NOM" Pearson, who was also part of the crew tasked to port it, before he left and started his great-looking project "In the Line of Fire". So, with people coming and going, especially since we relied so heavily on PH3NOM to help fix-up our KGL issues, things just naturally took much longer. But he's still our buddy, and I hope he brings that project to my team after SLaVE is finished and gone Gold so we can help him finish it up, without the hassles of a Kickstarter!
For now, check out our Facebook here really soon for a collection of new Hypertension development shots, as well as an eventual video of SLaVE running on real hardware, on a VHS TV combo. I lost my AV cables and can't find my VGA one either (my daughter probably ran off with it), so just stay tuned!
We also have an interview coming soon that is more of a "Tell-All" -- you won't want to miss it, and we'll post it here first when it comes up! xD
Take care, love you all!
ConnorORT wrote:Coraline from Isotope has posted some new information regarding SLaVE for those interested:
http://tdgmods.blogspot.ca/2017/01/what-really-happened-with-slave-on-sega.htmlThe "army of programmers" I speak of was the regular 3DGE team (which permanently and prominently features Chilly Willy), but Josh "PH3NOM" Pearson, who was also part of the crew tasked to port it, before he left and started his great-looking project "In the Line of Fire". So, with people coming and going, especially since we relied so heavily on PH3NOM to help fix-up our KGL issues, things just naturally took much longer. But he's still our buddy, and I hope he brings that project to my team after SLaVE is finished and gone Gold so we can help him finish it up, without the hassles of a Kickstarter!
1. Get the group together again (If not possible , maybe you can join other developers such as Retro Sumus and complete it together)
2. Start Preordering instead this will allow people to order the game for a longer time
3 Start a simple blog where you post the progress , this will make more people intrested in the game the more progress you do (equals more preorders)
4 Work on your freetime , no need to work 8 hour days right ? and set the release date like 2-2,5 years from now. Im pretty sure this wont matter as long as you keep posting your progress at least once a month (and no it does not have to be major updates each time, just so we see that progress has not halted)
After all , you guys probably like us all here love the Dreamcast so..... what are you waiting for ? Grab a beer and start get back to work asap Btw tell me where to make the preorder when they are available mmkay ! best regards Florian ----Wall of text ends here----
Nico0020 wrote:Glad to see Facebook showing off more of Hypertension. I'm dieing for more videos of Hypertension, as I am so impressed with how that game has evolved. It's my most anticipated game for DC. Keep up the good work.
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