How Blizzard Develops Maps for Overwatch?
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by Amanda Luginbuhl
7 hours ago

I've never heard of isolating the green channel of the normal map and using it as a paint layer. What effect does that create exactly?

WARNING They dont listen to their users as much as they like to say they do. Check their forums. Plenty of requests go unanswered. Their "To Do" list has been outdated. They lack staple features such as a Text Tool, Adjustment Layers, Channels, Layer Styling, Proper Cropping. Paintstorm cant even resize a photo correctly (It will always leave a border when resizes). You also run into square artifacts occasionally. There have also been several instances were paintstorm was detected as malware, once called out, the dev reuploads a clean version. This happened at least twice from forum reports and Virus Total. Aside from the very obvious lack of support and maintinence. The brush system is good. However a good brush engine will not replace the other basic features and functions paintstorm lacks. DO NOT expect support. This is definitely a homegrown app and it shows. If you want a versatile brush engine, clip studio or even krita is where its at.

How Blizzard Develops Maps for Overwatch?
11 May, 2018
Level Design

Check out Overwatch Assistant Game Director Aaron Keller talking with Ars Technica about the production of the Rialto map.

Rialto is a new map for Overwatch and it differs greatly from some of the other levels, created for this online multiplayer shooter. Assistant Game Director Aaron Keller talked with Ars Technica to discuss why this project was so different. It’s nothing super new, but it’s still great to hear Blizzard explain the process.

Aaron Keller was actually a lead level designer at Blizzard. He worked on World of WarCraft, Legacy of Kain, and Diablo III.


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