Project Hermes

Cancelled: May 2001

Est. Release Date: Q2 2002


Background:

Hermes was the code name of a new title under development at Lucas Learning. It was meant to be Learning's follow-up title to Super Bombad Racing, a frenetic multiplayer platformer for next-generation consoles.

As the Lead Programmer it was my job to spearhead the development effort and lay down the groundwork for the OpenGL-based engine. I designed and programmed a highly-optimized graphics pipe fine-tuned for the performance requirements of the LucasArts GL layer developed for use in Starfighter. By the time the project was cancelled, I had built on the foundations provided by Learning's Asylum library and worked on the integrated development of encapsulated technologies in the following areas:

  1. Designed and programmed an OpenGL-based Rendering, Scenegraph and Object Store technology
  2. Designed and programmed an asynchronous, multiple streaming, producer/subscriber data-independent Streaming Resource system
  3. Managed the development of a Maya Exporter for # 1
  4. Managed the development of a Max Exporter for # 1
  5. Managed the development of a Character Animation system that supports blended animations, multi-weighted skinning, multi-textures, and a variety of other rendering features.
  6. Managed the development of a tight physics library for simple newtonian operations
  7. Managed the development of a reasonably good collision system for # 6
  8. Managed the development of a bytecode compiling extensible scripting language for in-game control of everything from resource loading to character animation


Team Links:
  • Nick Porcino's Site - The programmer who did all the hard work on the Physics, Collision and Scripting systems.
  • Alex Peck's Site - The programmer who was relegated largely to the purgatory of 3DS Max.

It was with great sadness that I laid Hermes to rest. It was an invaluable product for honing my professional skillset, but the tragedy is that it was shaping up to be a really fun game in a genre subset whose potential is still untapped in the larger game market.

Statistics
Publisher: Lucas Learning
Developed At:
Lucas Learning
Cancelled:
May 2001
Est. Release Date:
Q2 2002

Project Responsibilities: Lead Programmer
Languages Used: C++, others...
Technologies: OpenGL, Asylum, 3DS, Maya, Next-Generation Consoles...

 


 
 
 

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