Return to the Shadowlands

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I am totally hyped!
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Ever since you announced this project, I've been really pumped for the new levelpack (or source mod, I should say)! I can't wait to play something new from the great Ceilick! And it looks like you're planning to make even more! This is going to be fantastic!

Did K1n9_Duk3 program all the Keen 4 enemies from scratch? I've been wondering how the Keen 4 stuff got transferred to the source code stuff. Will the source code for this mod be released when the mod is released, like what happened with Atroxian Realm? It would be interesting to see something close to how the Keen 4 source code might've looked along with how the stuff works. Same thing goes for episodes 5 and 6.
Ceilick wrote: Mon Apr 12, 2021 0:22 So I'm for sure going to replace one enemy, the Korath, and will try to sneak robo Blue in (and change the title screen otherwise). Replacing the Korath will be little Ampton's older brother Big Ampton (looking forward to revealing the design for this), and as for Robo Blue, I'm envisioning keen seeking missiles.
When you said Big Ampton, I'm picturing this scene from the Bugs Bunny cartoon Hare Lift (and Devil's Feud Cake) that featured a robot that looks very similar to an enlarged Little Ampton. I wonder if that might've been the inspiration for your design of Big Ampton. Or I could be wrong -- I guess I'll have to find out.
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Re: Return to the Shadowlands

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:D

I do plan on doing a Keen 5 and Keen 6 continuation of the story, and both will be enhanced levelpacks of their source material.

This is kind of a fuzzy definition of levelpack, to explain further: I try to utilize every in-level tile the original games came with at least once, with a few exceptions, and most levels should feel like they're part of a levelpack. But I also added a lot of material; without expanding the tileset sizes, I've used nearly every available tile space to add something. And with the world map, most of the map tiles are from the originals, but most of the level entrances offer various degrees of newness. After playing this you'll have a much better idea of what the future holds for the Keen 5 and 6 followups.

I'm especially excited for some new enemies in Keen 5 like Big Ampton (he's much more burly and mean looking than that Bugs Bunny robot, who, speaking of which, I always felt would fit right at home in keen 1), and to work with Keen 6 in general, since Aliens Ate my Babysitter has some of the most interesting alien environments, creatures, and graphics but has never had a game that really makes them shine (it also has the most hellish tileset organization of any Keen galaxy game, which I plan to reorganize and make more intuitive for future modders who wish to work with it).
Did K1n9_Duk3 program all the Keen 4 enemies from scratch? I've been wondering how the Keen 4 stuff got transferred to the source code stuff. Will the source code for this mod be released when the mod is released, like what happened with Atroxian Realm? It would be interesting to see something close to how the Keen 4 source code might've looked along with how the stuff works. Same thing goes for episodes 5 and 6.
K1n9_Duk3 really deserves a round of applause for this, as he has reconstructed the Keen 4 source code and tweaked it to my needs. As long as I have his permission, the source code for this project will be available. I would personally be thrilled to see this utilized for other Keen 4 projects.
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Any chance of getting a preview video? :)
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If I knew anything about video editing I would create a trailer showcasing some action, but honestly I'd rather everyone get to experience the levels themselves for the first time rather than through any demo footage.

Maybe some extra screenshots when I'm off work tonight :p
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Here's some teaser screenshots that reveal very little :p

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Re: Return to the Shadowlands

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They are revealing enough to keep me hyped :) I am really curious how this plays and feels :)
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