Douglas Firs cripple City of Titans’ framerate

    
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File this under “amusing development moments:” The City of Titans team was struggling with low framerate performance for its pre-alpha test map, and only by eliminating the map’s landmarks one by one did the devs discover what it was. The culprit? Douglas Firs.

“Turned out that somehow during the creation process for the Fir, one of the settings was off with the result being that the Douglas Fir […] was sporting a huge, and I mean gigantic, mathematical error within the mesh,” the team posted. “Nothing the human eye could see, but hidden within the polygons of that conifer was a glitch that drove video cards insane.”

Check out the Douglas Fir map optimization tweaks in the following video and let us know what you think about this developing project!

[Source: Dev blog. Thanks to Byron for the tip!]
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SimyJo
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SimyJo

Falling physics need to be realistic and faster – at the moment it looks like he floats down under low gravity.

mmalsed
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mmalsed

social_crime ManastuUtakata Where did it get caught with its pants down? They let us in on a (typically never shown) bug-finding process before the game even made it to Alpha status. . . this is rather cool, actually.

DavidPhillips2
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DavidPhillips2

Any other studio encountering such a problem during development and we wouldn’t have heard anything about this. Have to love MWM’s transparency on this.

Radfist
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Radfist

ZNSinger Craw Blackomen wolfyseyes  You definitely need a fir tree villain, who slows down players and causes them to stutter.

Sukugaru
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Sukugaru

thbeatnik Oh god that brought the memories back! But you’re right, it has to be a Nemesis plot!

Celestia
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Celestia

I love this team, and wish them nothing but the very best.

mysecretid
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mysecretid

Ekphrasis 
Digital Douglas Firs … they’re such dicks.

mysecretid
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mysecretid

Blackomen wolfyseyes 
“I sense a great disturbance in the Internet” — Obi-Wan Blackomen

Mansemat
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Mansemat

ZNSinger Mansemat Thanks for the insight. It’s very much appreciated.

social_crime
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ManastuUtakata Whoops wrong COH’s “Comeback” but you get the idea.