Unreal Tournament CTF

This project is a grey box created for Unreal Tournament, for 3 vs 3 capture the flag. The map was constructed to be asymmetrical, allow for a variety of pickups, and for facilitating different modes of play! The project itself was restricted in what types of weapons were allowed, so the map only features the use of the shock rifle, rocket launcher, and enforcer.

The main design principles of the map were focused on funneling and leading the different players on the map towards each other, as well as the flags. This was achieved by use of shape language in curving corners to promote directionality, and by creating clear leading edges at entrances and exits.

 

The map was developed over the period of a month and went through many different iterations as testing was carried out.

 

 

Link to the LDD:

Creating Flow in PVP

The greatest design challenge of this map, was successfully funneling the players to areas of engagement, and allowing for different play styles to emerge. It was critical that the map be within the correct size to ensure player engagement. The original map was a behemoth, easily able to fit twenty versus twenty comfortably. After a play testing session, it quickly became glaringly obvious the map needed to be cut down to size, but beyond that, that the map itself had to work to create deliberate play spaces. Nothing is as boring as running around an empty map with a flag, unchallenged.

Crafting Engagement

To ensure players interacted over the course of the map, I created a deliberate series of "funneling" points. These area's were designed to be of high engagement, were dotted with cover, and were the converging points of major pathways for both teams. There were two main points, allocating for the allowance of additional modes of circumnavigating one funnel  or the other to ensure the map didn't force a match to stagnate artificially. The gallery shows how I planned out these points.

Additionally, the map was created with deliberately curved corners to lead the players towards these spaces. For example, walls facing turns towards the main lower level were extended and curved to make the opening more obvious than that of one of the side paths.

Level Specifications

Engine:

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Number of Players:

Number of Pickups

Types of Weapons

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Unreal Engine 4

Capture the flag

FPS

Three vs three

Thirteen

Three

One month grey box, art in progress

 
 
Unreal CTF Grey Box Game Play
 

I am currently in the process of finishing this level all the way to full implementation with art. In the Level Design Document, I highlighted the use of a cave like environment in the finalized product, but found that didn’t fit for the overall open air design of the environment. During testing, the open air environment was a bonus for creating clear sightlines. Additionally, I’ve become quite the connoisseur of building caves in personal projects, and wanted to attempt something different, with an open ambience. To that end, the environment art is being finalized into of a series of streets within a city.  The buildings featured below are from the Victorian Street pack by Richard Vinci on the Unreal marketpace.

The work in progress can be seen below!