Tool selection is a critical part for development of a game like Rulers of the Sea. We are already investigating options, and like to keep you informed on this. Below are some of our starting points:
- We plan to use an existing 3d game engine, and not build one from scratch. Current main candidates are Unreal and Unity3d, but we are looking into some other options as well.
- We will start early with tool development as we strongly believe this is one of the success factors for development of any MMO.
- One of the biggest challenges for RotS will be calculating and synchronizing large amounts of continuously changing, persistent game data, so we will have a strong focus on getting that right.
- We are also looking into game network middleware platforms, such as SpatialOS, to see if these can help solve some of the challenges we will face.
Feel free to join the discussion, or let us know if you have any questions!
Are you also considering Lumberyard, as that is the choice engine for Star Citizen/Cloud Imperium? It seems like you are sort of a historical Star Citizen, so it might be a good fit?
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We didn't rule out Lumberyard yet, but it's not on top of our list. CryEngine/Lumberyard have splendid graphical rendering capabilities, but we don't (yet) want to lock ourselves in on AWS (Lumberyard). The Star Engine used for Star Citizen is based on Cryengine/Lumberyard, but needed heavy customization. We know we will need to customize and build upon any tool we select, but we won't have the kind of resources to do something as big as Star Citizen.
RotS has similarities with games you mention, but there are also some major differences (besides the fact that we only need to build a single planet). And RotS will not be a real-time FPS and will not have 3d navigable worlds (with huge amounts of particle systems, flying projectiles, etc.), so our requirements for 3d rendering, physics-engines, etc. are relatively low.
Of course handling large amounts of concurrent players will be challenge. But this is in general not handled by the game engine. We already take this into account in the design as RotS is an open world game, but we don't plan to have 'one single open world' (zones and ports will run on separate instances). This will make salability a little easier to implement. We also look into specific networking/middleware tools (such as SpatialOS) to see if these can be used for (parts of) RotS. This means compatibility and roadmaps of these tools will also be part of our engine selection.
The main challenge for RotS is to create a -constantly changing- persistent world (no world resets!) with large amounts of data to be calculated and synchronized between game servers and clients. This will require a fair amount of custom build back-end software regardless of the chosen engine.
So if I follow, RotS will be EVE-like on a planetary scale. Once it kicks off, deuces are wild and anything (almost) goes until the trumpets sound.
If you ever wonder why men would line up and fire at each other with muskets, wearing layers of wool in the summer sun and carrying their property on their back, and tolerate that arrangement, don't worry. I'm sure they wondered too.
So if I follow, RotS will be EVE-like on a planetary scale. Once it kicks off, deuces are wild and anything (almost) goes until the trumpets sound.
Indeed the clock keeps ticking once we hit the start button on release... We expect to tune and balance while the game is progressing, but once the game started we plan to roll forward without any world resets... Monarchs (played by our Game Masters) may occasionally sound a trumpet though...
Interesting initial discussion. For instance sessions maybe land and sea warfare, as well as city sections, have you considered something that scales (think Sins of a Solar Empire)?
Of all men's miseries the bitterest is this: to know so much and to have control over nothing. - Herodotus
@Spartan. Battles will run as instances for sure. The large fleet battles will even be scheduled, so we can allocate resources in advance. As for (sections of) cities and family homes, we are in the process on how to deal with this. MMO Scaleability is a big challenge that -fortunately- has been solved many times by now, and we take care in the core game design to support scaling. And we also look into solutions like SpatioalOS and HadeanOS to see if these fit to our design. The balance between scaleability and playability is also considered in this (you may not want 100+ players in the same instance scrambling upon the same NPC-vendor 😉 ... And thanks for the pointer to Sins of Solar Empire, we will have a look at how this games deals with this topic.
Game engine suggestion: Godot. Simple, small, opensource, able to do some amazing things!
Thanks! indeed Godot is one of the engines on our shortlist. We love open source software, but there's many other things to consider in engine selection. Why do you think the Godot engine would be a good fit for RotS?
I've always felt a similar and simpler solution that produces the same quality result is nearly always the best choice. Godot is simple, smooth, and can produce high quality results without putting a drag on the system. I've only tinkered around with it (on a crappy old laptop), personally, but found its smooth operation wonderful. The shader was smooth. Drag and drop was smooth. Was easy to learn. You can compile easily anytime a new feature is out for test, rather than waiting for an update. I have not tried it, but it is supposed to be easy to simply move your project over to other engines, too. But, I've not found a video on that to actually see it in practice. Is free so it can get you started sooner. 🙂
Thanks for your insights. I agree the Godot engine is lightweight, and is a "more simpler" solution. As for 3D rendering (and physics) performance however, Godot seems not (yet) on par with engines like Unity and Unreal. Part of our engine selection will be benchmarking these components, based on the requirements for RotS.
don't know if this is the correct section but i try anyway.
reading around i think i've understood that RotS will be a mix of already existing ideas(games/mechanics). so , for example, are you going to develop economy from a Patrician 4 mechanics style where reputation is linked to success in trading, large scale economy from EVE, land battle from Total War: Arena and so on?
because what is missing today in the world of videgames is a game that combines the best of the mechanics of the various games produced until now, and RotS looks really like the answer we can have in the future for age of sail gameplay
We completely agree with you about what is missing in games, and to an extent you are right. We have taken inspiration from the titles you mention, and have taken 'the best of all worlds'. But nevertheless we are not exactly like those games in those specific aspects, because we do not just copy these things, we have redesigned them, so they are not the same. Also some things are completely new, like the education system. The way we implement gamer government. The way we implement battles. The way we are a management simulation. There is no game that does it exactly in the way we do. Our economy has a greater complexity than any game I know, and that has to do with creating a realistic 18th century model.
But this thread is about tools and game engine selection. So to make a bridge to that: the complexity of this design is not so much in the physics and graphics. They are a lot of work, but not technically more complex than most MMO's, in fact, probably less so. The complexity is more in the model of economy and management. This game design is heavy on simulation and management, there is a huge amount of dynamic data to manage. So that makes our focus on choice of engine and tooling different to most MMORPG's.
If you hadn't guessed yet, I'm the game designer. Ask me anything, that's what I'm here for!
Have You checked out Novaquark and what they are doing with Unigine 2 for Dual Universe? Its a seamless open-world space-MMO. And if it works on several planets in a single universe, it should work on a single planet even better.
Life is too short to play bad games. 🙂
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Personal data collected through your use of the Rulers of the Sea Services
|Categories of Personal Data||Description of category|
|Rulers of the Sea Service Usage Data||This is the Personal Data that is collected about you when you are using the Rulers of the Sea Services – this may include:|
|Categories of Personal Data||Description of category|
|Voluntary Mobile Data||In addition to the mobile data we collect to provide you with the Rulers of the Sea Services (outlined above), you also have the option to give us your consent to collect additional Personal Data from your (mobile) device to provide you with features/functionalities that will enhance your Rulers of the Sea Services experiences.|
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When you use or interact with the Rulers of the Sea Services, we use a variety of technologies to process the personal data we collect about you for various reasons. We have set out in the table below the reasons why we process your personal data, the associated legal bases we rely upon to legally permit us to process your personal data, and the categories of personal data (identified in Section 6 ‘What personal data do we collect from you?’) used for these purposes:
|Description of why Rulers of the Sea processes your Personal Data (‘processing purpose’)||Legal Basis for the processing purpose||Categories of Personal Data used by Rulers of the Sea for the processing purpose|
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|To communicate with you for Rulers of the Sea Services-related purposes.|
|To process your payment to prevent or detect fraud including fraudulent payments and fraudulent use of the Rulers of the Sea Service.|
|To communicate with you, either directly or through one of our partners, for:|
via emails, notifications, or other messages, consistent with any permissions you may have communicated to us (e.g., through your Account Settings page).
|To provide you with features, information, advertising, or other content which is based on your specific location.|
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The following Personal Data will always be publicly available on the Rulers of the Sea Services: your ID and/or username and potentially a profile picture.
The following personal data will only be shared with the categories of recipients outlined in the table below if:
|Categories of Recipients||Reason for sharing|
|Support Community||When you register for Rulers of the Sea Support Account on the Rulers of the Sea Support Community, we will ask you to create a specific Rulers of the Sea Support Community username. This will be publicly displayed to anyone who accesses the Rulers of the Sea Support Community along with any questions or comments you post.|
|Your Rulers of the Sea Followers||There also may be times when you want us to share certain Service Usage Data, specifically information about your use of Rulers of the Sea, with other Rulers of the Sea users known as ‘Your Rulers of the Sea Followers’.|
Learn more about how to manage notifications, your publicly available information, and what you share with others in the ‘Your rights and your preferences: Giving you choice and control’ Section 4 of this Policy and on the Privacy Center.
|Categories of Recipients||Reason for sharing|
|Service Providers and Others||We may use technical service providers which operate the technical infrastructure that we need to provide the Rulers of the Sea Services; in particular providers which host, store, manage, and maintain the Rulers of the Sea application.|
We may use technical service providers to help us communicate with you, as described in Section 7 of this Policy.
We use marketing (and advertising partners) to show you more tailored content, or to help us understand your use of the Rulers of the Sea Services, to provide you with a better experience. We also may share Personal Data with certain marketing and advertising partners to send you promotional communications about Rulers of the Sea.
|Rulers of the Sea Partners||We might share your Personal Data in a pseudonymised format with marketing partners who help us with promotional efforts and with advertisers that allow us to offer a free service.|
|Academic Researchers||We may share your Personal Data for activities such as statistical analysis and academic study but only in a pseudonymised format.|
|Other Rulers of the Sea Group Companies||We might share your Personal Data with other Deadeye Games B.V. Group Companies to carry out our daily business operations and to enable us to maintain and provide the Rulers of the Sea Services to you.|
|Law Enforcement and Data Protection Authorities||We will share your Personal Data when we in good faith believe it is necessary for us to do so in order to comply with a legal obligation under applicable law, or respond to valid legal process, such as a search warrant, a court order, or a subpoena.|
We also will share your personal data where we in good faith believe that it is necessary for the purpose of our own, or a third party’s legitimate interest relating to national security, law enforcement, litigation, criminal investigation, protecting the safety of any person, or to prevent death or imminent bodily harm, provided that we deem that such interest is not overridden by your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms requiring the protection of your Personal Data.
We keep your Personal Data only as long as necessary to provide you with the Rulers of the Sea Service and for legitimate and essential business purposes, such as maintaining the performance of the Deadeye Games Services, making data-driven business decisions about new features and offerings, complying with our legal obligations, and resolving disputes. We keep some of your Personal Data for as long as you are a user of the game.
If you request, we will delete or anonymise your Personal Data so that it no longer identifies you, unless, we are legally allowed or required to maintain certain Personal Data, including situations such as the following:
Deadeye Games B.V. might share your Personal Data globally with other companies in the Deadeye Games B.V. Group in order to carry out the activities specified in this Policy. Deadeye Games B.V. may also subcontract processing to, or share your Personal Data with, third parties located in countries other than your home country. Your personal data, therefore, may be subject to privacy laws that are different from those in your country of residence.
Personal Data collected within the European Union and Switzerland may, for example, be transferred to and processed by third parties located in a country outside of the European Union and Switzerland. In such instances Deadeye Games B.V. will ensure that the transfer of your Personal Data is carried out in accordance with applicable privacy laws and, in particular, that appropriate contractual, technical, and organizational measures are in place such as the Standard Contractual Clauses approved by the EU Commission.
For further details of the security measures we use to protect your Personal Data, please see the ‘Keeping your personal data safe’ Section 12 of this Policy.
We may display advertisements from third parties and other content that links to third-party websites. We cannot control or be held responsible for third parties’ privacy practices and content. If you click on a third-party advertisement or link, please understand that you are leaving the Rulers of the Sea Service and any Personal Data you provide will not be covered by this Policy. Please read their privacy policies to find out how they collect process and protect your Personal Data.
We are committed to protecting our users’ Personal Data. We implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to help protect the security of your Personal Data; however, please note that no system is ever completely secure. We have implemented various policies including pseudonymisation, encryption, access, and retention policies to guard against unauthorized access and unnecessary retention of Personal Data in our systems.
Your password protects your user account, so we encourage you to use a unique and strong password, limit access to your computer and browser, and log out after having used the Rulers of the Sea Services.
The Rulers of the Sea Services are not directed to children under the age of 13 years. However, in some countries, stricter age limits may apply under local law. Please see our Terms of Services for further details.
We do not knowingly collect Personal Data from children under 13 years or under the applicable age limit (the “Age Limit”). If you are under the Age Limit, please do not use the Rulers of the Sea Services, and do not provide any Personal Data to us.
If you are a parent of a child under the Age Limit and become aware that your child has provided Personal Data to Rulers of the Sea, please contact us using the form on the Privacy Center, and you may request exercise of your applicable rights detailed in the ‘Your rights and your preferences: Giving you choice and control’ Section 4 of this Policy.
If we learn that we have collected the Personal Data of a child under the age of 13 years, we will take reasonable steps to delete the Personal Data. This may require us to delete the Rulers of the Sea account for that child.
We will occasionally update this Policy. When we make material updates to this Policy, we will provide you with prominent notice as appropriate under the circumstances, e.g., by displaying a prominent notice within the Rulers of the Sea Services or by sending you an email.
Please, therefore, make sure you read any such notice carefully. Annually this Policy will be reviewed for accuracy and changes in GDPR. If no material changes are made, you will not be notified.
If you want to find out more about this Policy and how Deadeye Games B.V. uses your Personal Data, please visit the Privacy Center on RulersoftheSea.com to find out more.
Deadeye Games BV is the data processor for the purposes of the personal data processed under this Policy.