Train2Game News: CD Projekt RED releases game creation tools

REDKit BetaCD Projekt RED have announced the launch of REDkit, the ultimate set of tools for crafting non-linear role-playing adventures.

Available for free via its official website, REDkit is based on the development tools used to create CD Projekt RED’s award-winning game, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.

The editor has just entered its open beta phase, allowing everyone who is waiting for The Witcher 3 to go back to the previous installment of the series and create new, amazing content or just play around with other modders’ creations.

REDkit gives modders of all skill levels the tools, they need to tell non-linear tales full of branching plots, believable characters and far-reaching consequences for player actions. Without learning to program or wrangling with opaque editors, game creators can use the top-quality art and assets from The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings or import their own, as well as intuitive tools for environment creation, to craft their own unique role-playing adventures.

“For CD Projekt RED, RPGs are all about telling amazing stories,” said Adam Badowski, head of CD Projekt RED. “We want to give players the power to tell the same kind of non-linear, branching stories that made The Witcher games so popular. Our fans have helped us for years to make our games the best they can be, and REDkit is part of embracing our community as a partner in game development.”

REDKit features:

• Intuitive tools developed for all would-be storytellers and game designers
• Complex and user-friendly terrain tools, including the SpeedTree foliage system
• Utilize the astonishing graphics and visuals that power The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
• Create a realistic and dynamic day and night cycle in a few clicks
• Implement non-linear stories and quests with a unique quest system that allows player decisions to impact the game world and plot
• Build believable characters, NPCs, and entire communities and set their interactions with the player
• Place dialogue cameras automatically or manually to create a film-like experience

This is excellent news for Train2Game students who want to test what they have learnt on an already established game or just use already created tools to see what your knowledge can create!

Portal’s ‘Still Alive’ composed using Minecraft note blocks

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Minecraft has a huge following on the Train2Game forum, so given the subject of a new video that has appeared,  it’s a no brainer to post this!

Train2Game Minecraft players have probably already seen the Note Block that was released during the latest update. Some have probably even made their own little tunes.

However, they probably won’t have put as much effort as Tritex989 has into using the Note Blocks to compose the ending theme from Portal and all round internet favourite ‘Still Alive’ Apparently the project only took around 6 hours to complete which is rather staggering given the effort involved.

Train2Game students can watch Minecraft being used to play Still Alive in the video below.

It’s impressive, isn’t it? And you can download the map here. Also impressive is the fact that Minecraft has now been sold over 1 million times. Not bad at all for a game by an indie developer which only recently entered its Beta stage. Developer Notch says Minecraft will get a full release before the end of the year. For more information about the indie sensation that is Minecraft, on the Thoughts of Train2Game blog.

Train2Game blog readers will know that there’s a lot of love for Portal on the internet, with one example being this recreation of the game made using LittleBigPlanet 2.

Portal 2 itself is due for release on April 22nd this year, having originally been scheduled for February. You can check out a trailer here which features Stephen Merchant as robotic companion Wheatley. You can also see how the new additions of Faith Plates and Repulsion Gel work in these mini trailers.

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on the Minecraft recreation of Still Alive? Will you download the level? And what songs would you like to make using Note Blocks?

As usual, you can leave your thoughts here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

[Source: Rock, Paper, Shotgun]