Mark Kern’s Em-8ER on omniframe classes, THMPR animations

    
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Mark Kern’s crowdfunded MMO-shooter Em-8ER has a slew of new videos out this week featuring animations for the THMPR, finishing off the mech’s “basic animation set.”

“Next up is our test terrain and skybox, then importing the animations into Unreal and wiring everything together,” Kern says. Over the weekend, he also posted a “draft spec” on the powered armorsuits in the game known as “omniframes.” They’re basically the game’s equivalent of classes; Kern likens them to building a deck in a collectible card game. Warframe-ish, maybe?

Back in February, we covered how the name “Em-8ER” came to be, but that’s probably not going to stop you from snarking, is it? Kern himself is well-known to the MMORPG genre thanks to his involvement with Firefall and the vanilla WoW community. He has previously discussed his plans for this shooter, including “serial Kickstarting” and a Firefall-esque foundation that doesn’t “drift over to ‘WoW with guns’ again.” Studio Crixa has raised $23,000 to date through crowdfunding and has since offered Firefall players credit toward the new game.

We’ve included some of the animation videos below.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Golly gosh-durn. Name is extremely important. It’s either gotta roll of your tongue like World of Warcraft, be evocative like the Witcher, or descriptive like Lord of the Rings. What it can never ever be is something you need to explain. If this is the depth of creativity here, this game is already over.

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J. J. Sándor

Interestingly enough, The Witcher could’ve been The Hexer (as used by some early attempts to translate Sapkowski work into English, including the ill-fated 2001 TV show / movie). Instead of going with “hexer”, the publishers opted for a neologism, which is arguably for the better.

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Crowe

Well, he’s sort of making a remake of his last game which was a failure. So I’m not really even seeing an attempt at creativity.

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Bruno Brito

The only thing this guy should be developing, is the decoration for his cell.

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Aldristavan

Words like “Em-8er” and ‘Thmpr” make me want to slip into an immediate and irreversible c0m@.

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MesaSage

I’ll be kickstarting my own title, aptly named Um-L8er

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Nathan Aldana

He’s not even trying to pretend he isnt stealing his entire game design whole cloth from his last one.

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