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Teaser Trailer 1: In Case Of Emergency, Release Raptor
« on: May 12, 2016, 02:50:13 PM »
Original: http://arcengames.com/teaser-trailer-1-in-case-of-emergency-release-raptor/



Not only is the steam store page for the game now live, but we also have our first actual trailer-style video!  Happy day. :)

Here's some fun/interesting facts about the trailer:

  • The music is by our own Pablo Vega, with lead vocals by his wife Hunter Vega.  That's not the whole title track for the game, but it's about a third of it.  I'm so stoked to be able to share that with you, because they both knocked it out of the park.

  • The main footage shown is still from the SciFi Industrial Level Kit demo level, by Ximo Catala.  I'm getting soooo close to having stuff I can show you with the procedural generation, but I'm not there yet.

  • The darker lab-style stuff was from the demo scene from Lab interior pack by Silver, which I've shown a screenshot from before, but no video.  The lighting in that was a mess and mostly off, but it looked neat and so I figured why not.

  • The robots shown being destroyed are Mechnarid, by Daniel Kole Productions.  Those are suuuuper stand-in alpha stuff.  I just slapped them in there in about an hour and rigged them up so I could demolish them in pieces.

  • The temp-y robots illustrate an uber-simple form of "dismemberment" (with the top gone, but legs still walking), but it doesn't have true AI, and it doesn't look like the real robots will in the game.  Thematically I needed some sort of robot footage for the trailer, so I figured that was good enough to get the idea across.

  • The story talking about "the corporations have fallen" is a reference to the corporations that run the world in Bionic Dues.  The incompetent machines that make for such fun puzzles and levels in BD are the precursor to the robots in this game, which are in no way incompetent.

  • The story mentioning "our fleets have abandoned us" is actually referring to the abandonment of Earth that happens back during the civil war in the prologue to AI War: Fleet Command.

  • Curious about how the story for our games fit together?  Bionic Dues is maybe a few decades before Raptor, and then Raptor is about 800ish years before AI War.  The Last Federation and Stars Beyond Reach both come later (in a different galaxy), and Starward Rogue is a few billion years after that.  The forums have a cool post on the Lore timeline of the Arcenverse.

  • Anywho: the idea is that the humans have mostly abandoned the planet to the machines, and yet a few humans left behind are turning to genetically-engineered raptors to fight the robots that are after them.

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Re: Teaser Trailer 1: In Case Of Emergency, Release Raptor
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2016, 04:40:23 PM »
I...what? This is an arcen trailer...

How to say this...

It works, it really does. It got me curious and looked...professional. I am walking on eggshells, so I will just say this is the most intriguing trailer you have done with how little you revealed.

In other words it is an excellent trailer!
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Re: Teaser Trailer 1: In Case Of Emergency, Release Raptor
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2016, 05:40:58 PM »
Together with the name and gameplay, I was expecting a more humorous trailer, but this also works.

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Re: Teaser Trailer 1: In Case Of Emergency, Release Raptor
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2016, 05:58:22 PM »
sick trailer I wasn't expecting as theatrical but it works by the way Chris you still need to change the title of this to game to ,in case of emergency release genetically breed killer raptor, me and Kregoth decided it was objectively superior to your current title for one its more descriptive to what your game is and for enougher thing it sounds better.
ps at least to me that is 0_0
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Re: Teaser Trailer 1: In Case Of Emergency, Release Raptor
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2016, 08:40:00 PM »
Wow, the music is awesome, as always!  Pablo just keeps getting better and better.

Overall, the trailer itself was pretty good.  A little rough, but still gets the point across.

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Re: Teaser Trailer 1: In Case Of Emergency, Release Raptor
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2016, 01:33:54 AM »
I dunno what I was expecting. But not that. That was pretty sweet! Nicely done!
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Re: Teaser Trailer 1: In Case Of Emergency, Release Raptor
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2016, 06:15:57 AM »
I'm in the average (for once).

1) I love the music. GG to both Vegas!
2) The very serious tone is surprising, knowing how few seriously the project began. But I love it.

(We went from a robot dating simulator joke to... that. :o )

Personal mention: I love the Arcenverse being tied together and I eager for more explanations, especially between RR and BD (Who's behind these robots? Why?), and between RR and AIW. (800 years? Civil war?)

Anyway, I'm very please with the more serious tone you're pouring in this. I already decided to buy it, but now I CAN'T WAIT!
Teaser's effective.
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Re: Teaser Trailer 1: In Case Of Emergency, Release Raptor
« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2016, 06:18:25 AM »
I'm in the average (for once).

1) I love the music. GG to both Vegas!
2) The very serious tone is surprising, knowing how few seriously the project began. But I love it.

(We went from a robot dating simulator joke to... that. :o )

Personal mention: I love the Arcenverse being tied together and I eager for more explanations, especially between RR and BD (Who's behind these robots? Why?), and between RR and AIW. (800 years? Civil war?)

Anyway, I'm very please with the more serious tone you're pouring in this. I already decided to buy it, but now I CAN'T WAIT!
Teaser's effective.
joke? what joke? I was never joking id pay actual money to play something well thought out with those elements in it.
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Re: Teaser Trailer 1: In Case Of Emergency, Release Raptor
« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2016, 10:28:09 AM »
This is really the best trailer/teaser I have yet seen from you guys.
Kudos.
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Re: Teaser Trailer 1: In Case Of Emergency, Release Raptor
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2016, 12:45:18 PM »
This is really the best trailer/teaser I have yet seen from you guys.
Kudos.
I wouldn't say it's the best. It really doesn't say a thing at all about the game or what it's about. I guess that's the point of a teaser. But it's definitely the most engaging and most "high production value".
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Re: Teaser Trailer 1: In Case Of Emergency, Release Raptor
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2016, 02:56:25 PM »
You are right here. I should have been more exact: Definitely the best teaser by far - and one of the best trailers anyway ;).
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Re: Teaser Trailer 1: In Case Of Emergency, Release Raptor
« Reply #11 on: May 16, 2016, 10:47:25 AM »
Thanks everybody!  I'm back in the office today, so finally reading and replying.  A few notes in no particular order:

1. The tone was always meant to be deadly serious and a bit tragic with this one, actually.  I mean, there was a whole thread of jokes and so forth, but that was more created by the community than myself.  I think of raptors as being these majestic powerful creatures, and to really feel like one I need the atmosphere to be fitting enough for that.

2. I'm glad you liked the teaser so well!  It was indeed a bit of an experiment in a different direction.  Having 3D footage really really helps, I have to say.  This is one that I created myself, and I'm really glad that I've "still got it" to some extent. ;)  I've done about... maybe 50% of the Arcen trailers, mostly the older ones.  But also the TLF ones.

3. In terms of what a trailer should accomplish, that's always a tricky thing.  But I think that the big one is making people go "I want that" or "I must know more," much more than it is about communicating details.  I've always tried to be very descriptive in trailers and have them explain what a game is, but that's so complex and so hard to do in a trailer while also achieving the first bit.  Generally speaking, a trailer plays on a page with a link to a bulleted list of features at bare minimum, so I figure the heavy lifting on that can be done there.

4. That said, in TRUE trailers (aka not teasers), I'll probably go for a mix of impact and information, I guess.  We shall see.  I'd be curious to know about trailers and/or teasers that you guys have seen for any sort of game (AAA, indie, whatever) that really worked on you.  And why it worked, if you feel like explaining it (emotional impact, curiosity piqued, clearly laid out a case for unique awesomeness, whatever).
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Re: Teaser Trailer 1: In Case Of Emergency, Release Raptor
« Reply #12 on: May 16, 2016, 05:59:55 PM »
I wish you had a right to use this song somewhere:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8WWGF3RZO8

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Re: Teaser Trailer 1: In Case Of Emergency, Release Raptor
« Reply #13 on: May 16, 2016, 07:21:21 PM »
I wish you had a right to use this song somewhere:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8WWGF3RZO8

That is awesome!  If someone knows how to get in touch with the artist, and the artist is not someone super famous for whom this would be a laughable proposal, then I'd suggest the following trade (of sorts): they give us the rights to use some portion of their song, which we'd play with static coming in and out at the start and end, and we'd put it emitting from some sort of virtual screen with their logo and website and so forth on there. 

I'm imagining this being on the verge of the amount of the song that would be Fair Use anyhow, but with the benefit of giving them some free advertising in-game (for what that is worth, if anything).  And from a consumer standpoint it's not really advertising so much as a fun way of giving credit where it is due (to the song artist), and having a fun in-joke for people who already know.  It's not product placement like trying to sell you Pepsi or something.

If anyone knows how to reach them, I'd be totally cool with something like that.  :D
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Re: Teaser Trailer 1: In Case Of Emergency, Release Raptor
« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2016, 08:02:51 PM »
They appear to be a UK band formed circa 97
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