Descent Being Recreated in UDK

I’m sure that many of you who played PC games in the ’90s have fond memories of Descent, the six-degrees-of-freedom FPS that made us more disoriented than a ride at Six Flags. Well, a modder/indie dev is working on recreating the original Descent in Epic’s UDK.

He’s only been at it a few weeks and has already accomplished the following:

  • Complete 6DOF movement with proper acceleration on every axis and double/triple chording
  • Weapon system basics for primary and secondary weapons that can be fired simultaneously
  • Laser and ball fire projectiles
  • Basic robot AI, currently tailored to the Class 1 and 2 Drone
  • Spawn points for easy placement of robots in a map

The dev has no plans on stopping there, however. The following features are in the pipeline:

  • A retelling of the original story
  • Remakes of the original levels, with an emphasis on a thriller/horror atmosphere
  • Remodeled and animated original robots with advanced AI
  • All the weapons from Descent with potential new ones mixed in
  • High-detail Pyro-GX ship model with 3D cockpit view
  • More diverse gameplay, but with a strong focus on the basics that made Descent great

Check out his work in progress:

I played the hell out of that map in Unreal Tournament 3, but I’ve never played it with six-degrees-of-freedom movement. Looking promising.

For more information, or to find out how you can help with this project, visit the official website.

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3 Comments on Descent Being Recreated in UDK

Zachary Dant

On November 1, 2012 at 12:22 pm

This is awesome!

Mr Flibble

On November 1, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Holy crap, that really just made me want to play Descent again. =D


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By: 1DVD4D2UDK aka D2U.PR.Guy

Prepared For Descent! Again!!!