Since all areas of the game are being revised, we took a good look at the current UI for Primal Carnage and ultimately came to the conclusion that it wasn’t really working. After some time dissecting its current state our UI Developer – Will, a freelancer from Australia – came up with a list of things missing, or that overall weren’t working:
- As it stood there was no Gamepad support in the menus and inconsistent support during gameplay
- The visuals were stylistically inconsistent – one area of the UI would be raster graphics whereas another would be vector graphics
- The branding overall was inconsistent with multiple versions of the Primal Carnage logo in the game, on the Steam store, and on the web
- There were a lot of visually unappealing static elements
- HUD elements were hard to read and conveyed information poorly. For example the health bars were silhouettes of the character class and they drained/filled as the player’s health went up/down.
A closer look at the source files indicated it would have been nearly impossible to build upon what has already been implemented and have it present a quality known to modern games. It’s unfortunately a problem that has been the leading factor in the amount of time needed to be spent on the recode.
New Direction, New Design
Following the identification of what didn’t work with the old UI, the decision was made to give it a complete do-over. Almost everything from the old game was scrapped, and the intention was to rebuild it completely from scratch. However before development began we had to establish several key things that would go into the design and development of the new User Interface for Primal Carnage.
Gamepad support was an essential feature and should be completely available for the game. The player should have the ability to simply pick up a gamepad and start playing without a hitch whatsoever.
Additionally, the style was overhauled to maintain a high level of consistency in quality and a sense of dynamism the original release did not.
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