[devblog] Preview - meet Kuro & Lea, rackets and new court

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WongKit
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[devblog] Preview - meet Kuro & Lea, rackets and new court

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Heya!

it has been a while since the last official news. If you thought that this project is dead... well I can't blame you ;)
I am happy to announce that Pixel Tennis is finally going to get anime style character models. The old existing placeholder pills will be replaced with Kuro (left) and Lea (right).

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They are fully animated and support swapping different outfits and hair styles. There will be also a new isle/beach themed court with way greater detail than the existing basic and arena ones.
Oh.. and rackets! Do not ask me, why it took more than 4 years for a tennis game to implement rackets :?

The previous updates mainly focused on gameplay and technical stuff. Visuals and everything related to 3D modeling were neglected across the board because of its complexity combined with my lack of knowledge. Outsourcing this task did not work that well, so I crash coursed into Blender, meshes, vertexes vertices, UV mapping, rigging, weight painting, blend shapes, lightmaps, matcaps, normals, pbr, culling, lod, animations, shaders and donuts in the last 4 months and this is the result.

There is no release date yet, because I want to take more time for polishing and also tackle the following topics:
  • Add more equipment variations
  • Better visual effects for charging, hitting and running
  • Handle/convert old items that were purchased in the current version
  • Rebuild the UI for theme support
Pixel Tennis will return to time limited test runs once the update is live. In the mean time, you can subscribe to the progress topic or simply play the current version of the game!

As always, every feedback is welcome!
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Re: [devblog] Preview - meet Kuro & Lea, rackets and new court

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Omg, that's great news ! Congrats. :D
You manage the task, very well.

Did you make a concept art as reference before modeling it ?
Wait n' See... ;)
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Re: [devblog] Preview - meet Kuro & Lea, rackets and new court

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Thanks!

I have not created the characters from scratch ^^", they are based on VRoid Studio. Most of the work went into customization and porting them to Pixel Tennis including the ability to freely swap equipment.
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Re: [devblog] Preview - meet Kuro & Lea, rackets and new court

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It might've been a while but this is a great update, the models are looking great so far :)
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Re: [devblog] Preview - meet Kuro & Lea, rackets and new court

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Thank you, I appreciate that :)
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