Designing Treasure Buildings for Gameplay Selection in Hood: Outlaws and Legends

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In Hood: Outlaws and Legends, you play as an outlaw, decided to undermine the oppressive state by stealing its wealth and returning it to the folks. The state retains treasure chests in huge buildings, safe inside locked vaults.

The state is an organized and highly effective ruling physique. The three sorts of treasure constructing symbolize its three arms: the church represents the state’s management of faith, the garrison its navy, and the towering hold represents its oppression of the folks.

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To point out this, we included brutalist components and took inspiration from fashionable regimes and blended them into the design of medieval buildings. Every constructing has its personal distinct character and gameplay, from the towering spires and claustrophobic catacombs of the church, to the practical but opulent halls of the garrison.

The treasure buildings dominate the skyline and are landmarks that aid you navigate. That is necessary, as a result of your first goal is to search out the sheriff and pickpocket his vault key. Every of the maps are a lot bigger than the treasure buildings alone, and the sheriff might be patrolling someplace exterior — however you gained’t know the place. Beware although! One other group of outlaws have the identical purpose.

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As soon as the important thing has been stolen, the constructing turns into your vacation spot. The treasure vault is inside someplace, a special place every time you play. Not solely that, however some maps include a couple of treasure constructing. Citadel – the state’s capital metropolis – comprises all three! Trying to find a treasure vault can typically be like in search of a needle in a haystack. Luckily, in case your workforce will get maintain of the sheriff’s key you’ll additionally study the placement of the vault it belongs to.

We needed to present gamers purpose to discover the buildings for the vault, however we didn’t need the them to be a maze. Your goal is usually proven as an icon on display, however you’re not proven easy methods to get there.

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With the variations that happen every sport, there’s no right path by the constructing. And whereas a church might function on a couple of map, there are alternative ways to get out and in of the constructing, in addition to completely different accessible flooring and completely different locations the place treasure rooms may very well be. We would have liked gamers to have the ability to enter a constructing from any course, get to wherever the treasure vault is, and out once more to one of many extraction factors on this planet. We needed gamers to “have religion” that probably the most intuitive route would take them the place they wanted to go, in order that even new gamers can discover their goal whereas avoiding guards and ambushing different gamers.

Systematically, we went spherical each aspect of the constructing and inside every room asking, “If I’m right here, how do I get there?” We pointed the digicam in direction of every vacation spot and located locations to place a brand new doorway in view, making an attempt to verify there was all the time an apparent path that might take you nearer to your purpose, wherever it may be. We sealed some up too, as an excessive amount of selection may be as dangerous as too little.

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Via playtesting, we noticed that enormous rooms had been higher for gameplay than slim corridors. An open house lets gamers see extra of the environment and it’s simpler to identify the distinctive vault door from afar. They’re higher for stealth, with the ability to ambush enemies whereas crouched behind tables or statues, and for melee fight, which requires house to place and dodge.

We determined {that a} constructing’s inside ought to include just a few massive rooms and every room ought to look distinctive. The hold, for instance, was designed round three huge atriums: an entrance corridor, a eating room and a storeroom. Balconies and staircases encompass them in such a manner you could see landmarks within the room, such because the golden face of the king’s statue that dominates the doorway corridor, in addition to guards and less-stealthy opponents.

Verticality is a robust theme in our sport, however it may be complicated. You already know the treasure vault is on a ground above you – however what doorway or passage do you have to take to achieve it?

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Once more, we needed gamers to belief that apparent routes will take them the place they wish to go. We made a rule: if you have to go up, any staircase up will take you in direction of your purpose. If you have to take the chest to an exit on the bottom ground, any staircase down is right. It’s best to by no means be led additional out of your purpose by doing that.

Staircases shouldn’t be arduous to search out, both—it ought to solely take a number of seconds to identify a manner out when you will have the chest. This sounds apparent in hindsight, nevertheless it required cautious planning. It’s very simple to put staircases on the finish of lengthy corridors or round corners. In fact, skilled gamers might study higher routes, akin to ropes to slip down or a ladder to climb.

All these options make each sport of Hood: Outlaws and Legends a special expertise and designing the treasure buildings to make that work has been difficult however satisfying. We hope you’ll agree when it releases Could 10 on Xbox Collection X|S and Xbox One. Watch the newly launched “Gameplay Overview” trailer (above) to take a deeper look into Hood’s medieval multiplayer heists.

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Hood: Outlaws & Legends (Pre-order)

Focus House Interactive

$29.99

Pre-order Hood: Outlaws & Legends to obtain:
• three days Early Entry – begin taking part in on Could seventh
• The Forest Lords Pack with unique skins! Strike down your enemies with four outfits and four weapon skins to make sure your home amongst legends.

We’re all Outlaws… however a few of us will develop into Legends.

Confronted with a cruel, unchecked state, rebels and rogues battle to say their place amongst legends. To win affect with an oppressed folks, rival gangs compete in daring heists to hit the rich the place it hurts. Folks hero or gold-hungry outlaw, solely the most effective will escape with hard-earned riches.

Two groups of four gamers compete to execute the proper heist, in medieval environments patrolled by lethal AI guards. With the distinctive abilities and mystical talents of every character, transferring in stealth to steal treasures unseen or dominating by loud and brutal fight.

Blood might be spilled. Riches might be stolen. Legends might be reborn.

• Outplay opponents in intense PvPvE multiplayer heists
• Expertise a violent medieval world the place mysticism competes with man-made energy and corruption
• Declare your loot and put money into perks, weapons and daring new appears
• Submit-launch help with new maps, characters, sport modes and occasions

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