Rendezvous in Chinatown
As promised, what follows is a secret report marked highly classified, and for Reloaded community eyes only. What you see and hear from this point is given in strictest confidence and if this blog could self destruct in five seconds, it would!
The Secret Investor
A special ops team managed to sneak out a single photo from the clandestine meeting, which took place in Chinatown, London, England.
Pictured are the two men suspected of masterminding and funding the whole operation, and top priority must be given to these targets.
Although we could not get surveillance equipment into the restaurant, we did get fragments of transcript which seemed to hint at possible futures for the Reloaded product and brand.
It appears that the project is indeed split into several key objectives, with the first and highest amongst them the total completion of the first release this side of Christmas. A second pillar to the plan is the steady release of updates and features on a very aggressive cadence which include a deliberate effort to publish high quality model packs that tap into the enhanced capabilities of the Reloaded technology.
A third pillar, which our sources suggest are highly suspect, is the possible deployment to other platforms, specifically mobile and tablet formats. Information is sketchy at this point and more investigation has been authorised into the possibility of this new threat.
Official spokesmen for TGC stress that this mysterious third pillar is complete conjecture and totally unsubstantiated. It was rumoured that a napkin, containing top secret sketches might have been left at the scene, but as yet the napkin has not been confirmed, and might in fact contain nothing more sinister than sweet and sour sauce.
Four hours from my office chair to London Euston, not too bad! I could probably do the whole thing in a day if I made it a very long day, but it's good to know I have solid transportation links to the capital. The meeting with my investor friend went very well, and we had a great meal and chat. I could not ask for a more enthusiastic backer, and I am looking forward to delivering an awesome product this Christmas. Like an good superhero, we have agreed to keep his identity a secret, and to keep you guessing I'm wearing a question mark box in the photo too. I was on a secret mission after all!
Corporate spy thrillers aside, normal coding activity will resume Monday with the completion of the 'delete object from instance stamp' code and the start of the deferred prototype when we find out once and for all what the speed cost of the technique is on a standard Ultrabook form factor (i.e.. no dedicated GPU). From the comments made so far, it does seem like the vote is Heavily in favour of deferred rendering, which suggests most users are happy to break out their graphics cards for the task of running Reloaded. I am curious how many of those voting for deferred are using laptops to edit and play their FPSC games. For Reloaded to really hit the high end of deferred rendering and dynamic shadow techniques, you'll probably need a dedicated desktop GPU! Performance statistics and reality check to follow.
Once again, thanks for the meal, the company and the chance to talk endlessly about my favourite subjects!