Fair enough thom, i clearly got the wrong end of the stick when you
mentioned in the news using Genesis 3D to create a 2D game, and I can see
why doing cunning but complex things with the editer to create 2D instead of
3d effects wouldn't exactly be user friendly.
i'm afraid though i don't agree with you that releasing a level editer would
stop people from upgrading the game.
Unless you were thinking of releasing the upgrades to the levels as actually
new commercially available level packs for the game, ---- the way Pinball
party pack vol 1 is a commercial expantion of esp Pinball extreme, i really
don't see why people would not bother upgrading the game. Afterall, however
many levels people created, the chances of them being exactly the same as
your own official levels for the game would be very slim.
pluss, unless you released some fairly extensive editing tools such as an
object creator, or complete game code editer, you'd be the only person able
to make substantive changes to the game such as adding new enemies.
so even if a level editer (as many mainstream editers did), allowed players
the chance to place the game elements anywhere they wished in levels, ----
or even use their own audio cutscenes, background ambience etc, only you
yourself as the creator of the game would actually be able to make
completely new elements with new behaviour and effects on gameplay, ----
such as other enemies and power-ups, ---- and for those things, ---- even if
not for your own level designs, it'd be worth people upgrading.
A similar mainstream example can be found with prince of Persia, ---- which
had a level editer, yet also a sequal, prince of Persia 2 which worked on
the same basic game engine, but had substantially different enemies and some
gameplay alterations, none of which would've been possible with the editer.
obviously though, even a basic object placement editer would require some
fairly extensive work to create, particularly if you need to monkey about
with variables in the game code, so this is probably going speculationwards.
whether your planning on commercial or free level pack expantions, i must
say that as an eexploration fan, i think it's a great idea!
Beware the Grue!
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