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Old 18th Mar 2006, 03:05 PM   #1
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BlackCat Nightblade: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

This thread will hopefully address some of the fairly common questions about Nightblade. Anything in this thread has been officially confirmed, and I'll try to keep it updated with new information.

What is Nightblade exactly?
Nightblade is a new game from Black Cat Games, currently in pre-production for Unreal Tournament 3. Our aim is to produce a well-balanced stealth-based multiplayer game set in an immersive, emergent and dramatic world, where teams with specific skill sets face off using stealth, violence, and teamwork in an attempt to complete their goals.

Further game details will be announced before the release of UT3.

When will Nightblade be released?
When it's ready! A release date will be announced some months in advance; check the website for updates. However we hope to have regular public builds available very soon after the release of UT3.

Will this project interfere with work on Alien Swarm: Infested?
No. The teams working on Nightblade and Alien Swarm share only a few members, and both are progressing simultaneously.

Is Nightblade the official sequel to Thievery?
No - though Nightblade develops many features seen in Thievery, many features and goals are quite new or different. The setting and characterisation are also wholly original and have nothing to do with Thievery.

Will levels, be like in Thievery - single maps, or will it be a big City that seamlessly loads each area (like in the GTA series or Oblivion)?

The game will be based around separate levels (maps).

How large will levels be?
An average level will be about the same size as a Thievery level. The average multiplayer round is designed to be played in 15 minutes. There will however be maps catering to every game size.

Will Nightblade feature training or tutorial levels?
Yes, Nightblade will feature tutorial levels for new players to learn the game.

Will players be able to choose appearance and skin colour?
The Thieves will be able to choose their gender and skin colour. The other teams are (intentionally) more homogenous.

Will Nightblade cost any money like Alien Swarm:Infested?
This is as yet undecided. We hope to look into new distribution methods that Epic are preparing for UT3. However, our policy is to release a full beta to the public first, and we will always have a demo version if and when we do decide to go commercial.

Any other questions, please post here and I'll do my best to answer them!

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Old 18th Mar 2006, 05:26 PM   #2
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Hows about I turn this into a little sticky aye? Yes. Thanks for the info Orgy.
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Old 18th Mar 2006, 05:44 PM   #3
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Funny, thought I stickied it when making the post! Thanks anyway BA.
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Old 18th Mar 2006, 06:09 PM   #4
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Question.
How is the actual speed of your work progressing? Are you short of members needing a hand? Are you working away like a charm?
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Old 18th Mar 2006, 07:20 PM   #5
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question - are all three teams against each other ? (im guessing that one) or is it guards vs thiefs and shades? or is it guards vs thiefs or shades

because it sounds to me like the guards are going to have to fight 2 sides at once. the shades and thiefs could easier just work together during a match.

2nd question - have you discussed who would win - is it a race between the thiefs and shades to complete there objectives first? and guards win if they stop both?
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Old 18th Mar 2006, 07:21 PM   #6
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I think they've said it's pretty much a 3-way battle. Both the thieves and shades want the Nightblade pieces, and the mercs (obviously a misspelling of "guards") want to keep the city safe from criminals and evil spirits.
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Old 18th Mar 2006, 07:24 PM   #7
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the thiefs are interested in carrying away as much wealth as possible - thats not the nightblade pieces - so why would the thiefs and shades fight each other - they would be going out there way
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Old 18th Mar 2006, 07:27 PM   #8
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Nightblade pieces sell for tons on the black market.
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Old 19th Mar 2006, 09:28 PM   #9
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YES!!! THANK YOU!! W(o)(o)T!! *shakes BCGs' team members hands*
maybe this might cut down on them "when is nb going to be released" or "whats the progress" threads...
...and make more room for some Spam j/k

Suggestion: Since the EvilAvatar Interview threads for Night-Blade are longer in exist do you think the screen shots that were shown in Part 2 can be added to the gallery?

Or was that like one of them special you see it or you you don't see it things? where only a few got to see the screenshots in some x amount of time? sorta like the Guild Wars events.
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oRGy is there going to be a campaign????
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Old 20th Mar 2006, 03:48 AM   #11
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I'll look into it!

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No comment.
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Old 20th Mar 2006, 02:36 PM   #12
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Oh cmon, gotta something give something about that! Nightblade might be the next Thief!
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Old 20th Mar 2006, 10:24 PM   #13
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We must be getting close to an update or something
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Old 21st Mar 2006, 09:32 AM   #14
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Or it's just to calm down the enraging mob named bcg-community (I implement myself to this)
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 Originally Posted by sky-fiwa-:
Oh cmon, gotta something give something about that! Nightblade might be the next Thief!
You are thinking about the Dark Mod...

this is thievery
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 Originally Posted by necros:
You are thinking about the Dark Mod...

this is thievery
Necros, i'm talking about NIGHTBLADE!
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Old 21st Mar 2006, 09:46 PM   #17
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 Originally Posted by R:
Or it's just to calm down the enraging mob named bcg-community (I implement myself to this)
We could be getting close to a riot then
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Old 22nd Mar 2006, 12:30 PM   #18
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no, you said this will be next "thief", that is Dark Mod...

NB will be next "thievery" despite constant assurance to the contrary it will be more like thievery than thief..
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Old 22nd Mar 2006, 03:19 PM   #19
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It will be like Thievery because it has thieves and guards mercenaries.
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Old 22nd Mar 2006, 10:44 PM   #20
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Can we keep this thread clean? Keep to questions please? It's a FAQ thread.

Will you be able to choose your skin type? Like in some other UT2004 mods. Or will it be like thievery? Not yet decided?

(Meant for a thief to choose skin, guards I'm sure are set in the map, that way the mapper can have more control over the theme of the map, right?)
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Old 23rd Mar 2006, 05:44 AM   #21
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Has everyone already forgotten the Shades?
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 Originally Posted by Phantaloz:
Has everyone already forgotten the Shades?
I know the "future's so bright, I gotta wear shades"
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Old 23rd Mar 2006, 07:36 AM   #23
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Thief players will be able to choose their appearance and gender. The appearance of Guards and Shades follow different mechanisms.
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shades get to be... it... it... it or it?
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 Originally Posted by oRGy:
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Thief players will be able to choose their appearance and gender. The appearance of Guards and Shades follow different mechanisms.
WooT! Now thats what I'm talking about, lol, so there is stuff that is there but you haven't told us about... now we just gotta ask the right questions..
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will the full night blade version cost any money like AS:I ?
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I bet 20 bucks I can answer this!

No. It can't cost any money because it's made with the Unreal Engine 2, which means you are not allowed to ask any money for it (without Epic's permission, I think)
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NEW Night-Blade Site! WOW check out them, guards!
http://members.tripod.com/ladygia/
JUST KIDDING!

But yes, Night-Blade will not cost any money. Which is pretty cool because Night-Blade owns!!
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 Originally Posted by Phantaloz:
I bet 20 bucks I can answer this!

No. It can't cost any money because it's made with the Unreal Engine 2, which means you are not allowed to ask any money for it (without Epic's permission, I think)
But you can ask for manditory donations!
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 Originally Posted by Sandman:
will the full night blade version cost any money like AS:I ?
This is not yet decided.
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