Ubisoft veterans Julien Cuny and Louis-Pierre Pharand have announced their first title to come out of the brand-new Montreal-based studio Pixyul, titled ReRoll. Pitched as a truly open-world survival action RPG, ReRoll will be offering a contemporary setting in what the team describe as a "true open world playground," with the help of drones that is.
To help fully capture the real world that ReRoll is being placed inside of, the team are utilising a unique method, drone-sourcing. Using the help of small civilian drones, Pixyul will be mapping out the entire world, one square kilometer at a time.
Using small civilian drones, like the eBee mini-drone developed by senseFly, a partner of Pixyul, our intention is to drone source and recreate the entire planet one square kilometer at a time. These autonomous drones are equipped with small digital HD cameras and they map out the environment by taking thousands of pictures. These pictures are processed with existing 3D softwares to reconstructs the actual environment as 3D objects. This data and these 3d objects will generate the game's environment or in video game terms, the level design.
To help push even more realism into the game, the team are looking to use what they call the Reality System Sync (RSS), which will enable ReRoll to have a 24-hour day and night cycle, complete with real-life weather.
"Days are 24 hours with day & night cycles, with time set to where your character is in the world. Real life weather systems are connected to the game universe... if it's freezing & snowing for real where your character is... it will in the game."
If all this sounds like your cup of tea, you can find the official website
filled with further details on how the team plan to bring real-life realism into the game. Those keen enough can also throw their own funds into the game, with Pixyul now opening up their crowd funding through the website, where you can purchase a number of different packages.
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