I started making a map of Seaholm Power plant one year ago. That project was interupted when I was asked to make a map for Fantastic Fest. However I am happy to say that work has resumed on this project.
The Seaholm Power Plant is a incredible 1950's art deco power plant located along the river in Austin, TX near down town. The power plant was a gas/steam turbine plant and ran all the way into the 1980's.
For the game I am reviving the plant from its current empty state. This will be a four map campaign for Left 4 Dead 2.
The following are screenshots of the Seaholm pump station and surrounding walking path along the river. This is the first map and current area I am working on.
If your interested in more screenshots, including interior shots, see my flickr gallery here: http://goo.gl/AqYeU
For anyone interested you can view my presentation shown at the IGDA Microtalks.
You can view the speaker notes for my details on each slide.
Join me at the IGDA Microtalks on December 2nd.
I will be doing a short 10-minute talk on "Making video game maps based on real-world locations"
I am creating a special mini-map just for the event to help drive the point home.
Event details here:
After four months of hard work the map is ready for release!
Please share this map with all your friends. Scavenge mode is hard and really needs a full set of friends to win.
I know there are quite a few of you are waiting for the map release so you can go kill zombies at the Highball. I have been working on the map every night to finish it out. I have added a few new assets from The Sacrifice update and currently 100% of the map geometry and all the details are done and locked in. I just have a few bugs that affect scavenge mode to figure out and then I will release the map.
Also, Left4Dead2 is still less then $7 right now, so if you want to play this map that is a low price to pay.
In the mean time please enjoy some of the final screenshots:
If you missed Fantastic Fest and Fantastic Arcade, then you missed out on a great time.
There were over 100 movies to see, and 30 independent video games to play. Along with lots of other fun events.
Click below for my images and comments from Fantastic Arcade
I made a quick two minutes video to show off the map and gameplay.
This weekend I completed some important props. Namely the awesome old bowling machines the Highball has, and the custom made booths. Both of these were quite a challenge to model but really tie the map to the real world.
No matter where you look in this map you will find small authentic details and easter eggs.
For example here is someone who apparently broke ino the South Lamar Pharmacy, but never quite made it out with the pills.
All the signs, even the big "Flu Shots" sign is taken from on-site photographs.