Jorak Uln

Kotor 2 Movie Style Overhaul

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5 hours ago, Jorak Uln said:

@BekHavent revealed the Hawk yet. And what do you think about Manaan, Dantooine?

They both look great! I've been following this thread for a very long time. I'm very excited for the release of this mod, if you decide to release it.

My favorite thing about this mod is it makes the environments look distinctly different. I wish you the best of luck with this mod, and I hope your creativity remains high. I'll continue to follow your mod with great interest.

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3 hours ago, Bek said:

They both look great! I've been following this thread for a very long time. I'm very excited for the release of this mod, if you decide to release it.

My favorite thing about this mod is it makes the environments look distinctly different. I wish you the best of luck with this mod, and I hope your creativity remains high. I'll continue to follow your mod with great interest.

Thank you, thats nice to hear!

Quantity-wise, the planets are all textured now, so you dont have to worry about the mod release.

However, there is still quite a lot of work regarding model editing, QC on the textures & performance Optimization to do - for example i'll hex different instances of textures to use the same name to increase fps..

Also, many textures still  need special attention to details like small lights etc. to radiate that Star Wars flair at every corner of the game.

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Looking very good. I think what @Bek  meant was that you can see part of the Ebon Hawk on one of  the Manaan pics.

3 hours ago, Jorak Uln said:

for example i'll hex different instances of textures to use the same name to increase fps..

I am unclear what you mean by this. Can you give me any examples?

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1 hour ago, Hunters Run said:

I am unclear what you mean by this. Can you give me any examples?

quite simple - for example for  Telos you have  TEL_HW1, TEL_HW8, TEL_HW10 that use the same texture :

Instead of having the same texture loaded 3 times into Kotor, i hex edit the area model to have only one instance, lets say TEL_HW1.  That way visual quality is the same but it uses much less system ressources. Of course that goes for any modded texture as well. 

About the Hawk, its still needs a lot of polish, im thinking about giving it a matte metallic shell, but lets see how it turns out.  

 

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5 hours ago, Jorak Uln said:

quite simple - for example for  Telos you have  TEL_HW1, TEL_HW8, TEL_HW10 that use the same texture :

Instead of having the same texture loaded 3 times into Kotor, i hex edit the area model to have only one instance, lets say TEL_HW1.  That way visual quality is the same but it uses much less system ressources. Of course that goes for any modded texture as well. 

About the Hawk, its still needs a lot of polish, im thinking about giving it a matte metallic shell, but lets see how it turns out.  

 

Ah, I see. In that case why don't you just convert to ascii and use notepad++ to find and replace?

 

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13 hours ago, Hunters Run said:

Ah, I see. In that case why don't you just convert to ascii and use notepad++ to find and replace?

 

How do you mean exactly?

When i tried out custom cubemaps, in MdlEdit 1.0.104B there was an option to rename texture instances; however, the texture rename didnt work after saving the file.

It only worked when i hex edited the mdl manually.

As it seems, you have another solution for this?

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What  I mean is that you save the model as ascii  in mdledit (cntrl-s for windows).

It should save to a chosen location with an .ascii extension. Go to where you saved the model and open it with notepad++. 

To use the example you gave me find and replace TEL_HW10 with TEL_HW1. 

Save your ascii and close it. 

Open your ascii in mdledit. You can check the textures if you want, but they should be changed. 

Save as a  binary (cntrl-b for windows).

Choose your location to save. 

Note: the binary will have an .ascii extension.  You can delete the  .ascii extension when you save the binary.

All in all, it should take an average of five minutes per model, although YMMV.

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On 7/30/2020 at 7:38 PM, Hunters Run said:

What  I mean is that you save the model as ascii  in mdledit (cntrl-s for windows).

It should save to a chosen location with an .ascii extension. Go to where you saved the model and open it with notepad++. 

To use the example you gave me find and replace TEL_HW10 with TEL_HW1. 

Save your ascii and close it. 

Open your ascii in mdledit. You can check the textures if you want, but they should be changed. 

Save as a  binary (cntrl-b for windows).

Choose your location to save. 

Note: the binary will have an .ascii extension.  You can delete the  .ascii extension when you save the binary.

All in all, it should take an average of five minutes per model, although YMMV.

Thank you. I'll see if it can speed up my editing with this. 

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Here some updated screenshots - its amazes me how much graphical improvement can be made with texturing alone, although adding custom lightmaps is something thats hopefully is doable later, too.

Recently created highly detailed heightmaps for a realistic look on (uneven) surfaces:

Vanilla texture:

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recreated tex:

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Ingame:

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primarily used on Korriban:

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misc planets:

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Please give me a short feedback whether you like/dislike the new look and why.

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By the Force! Do you want me to never stop playing Kotor?!

Such artistry.

Lehon at the cusp of dusk... Gorgeous.

Kashyyyk finally matching the aesthetic of the descent into the shadow lands. Brilliant.

The tiny sediment grain and tangible glyphs looking so good you want to touch them in the monastery? I'm sold. 

I suppose only the back entrance of the Sith Academy seems rather jarring, unfinished?

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Literally nothing with the screenshots you posted. This is very fine work. I am anticipating your release :)

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I have no criticism, except maybe the back door to the academy that @Natural Law mentioned. everything looks great, especially Lehon (and Dantooine... and all the rest). you've made K1 look so much better, while retaining much of the classic look and feel. I cant wait to see your work on Taris 😄

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Thanks guys, glad you like my work!😀 Means a lot to me also for keeping spirits high to go through the non-fun stuff like redrawing textures. 

About Telos i still seeking inspiration regarding especially the lower & undercity / Daviks Estate. 

The Upper Apartments are almost done though:

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I know the door is a tad too clean, but the texture model is totally messed up, so i cant promise to change it:

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Looking very good,  just one question:

19 hours ago, Jorak Uln said:

 

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Is the door supposed to be transparent? 

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1 hour ago, Hunters Run said:

Looking very good,  just one question:

Is the door supposed to be transparent? 

Yes, absolutely. It gives a bit of an exclusive touch  to the uppercity. As you see in earlier posted pics, i try to give every area a unique look, which may differ greatly even on the same planet. In Vanilla, everything is too conform to the point you dont really feel much of a difference.

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Amazing work Jorak. Have not played the original KOTOR in over a decade (I'm a TSL guy 😁), but I simply must do so once this mod is ready to go!

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Taris never looked so good o.o and I like the door lol. I suppose you could make the brown part slightly darker to make it look less "clean". or would that clash with other parts of upper Taris?

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I personally think the Taris door would look for spiffy the other way around, with the middle bit being transparent and the outlying bits being the opaque "metal" bits. 

But otherwise absolutely superb, between the eventual release of this and Kek's Skyboxes, we'll have KOTOR completely HD-ified. 

(Apart from the repeating NPC issue.) 

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