From: Gabriel Bregg <firstname.lastname@example.org>
(Posted to the HBO Forum, April 5, 2001, 8:28 pm UTC)
One of the other guys was talking about the jeep mechanics, and I thought
i'd elucidate a bit more. I am making the assumption that a race with FTL
travel has mastered also small scale fusion power and high temperature
superconductors, so here goes. 1) The reason that no driveline is visible
is because each wheel is driven magnetically (like the guts of an electric
motor) with each wheel having an independant power plant. In addition to
elimiating the need for a seperate braking system, this adds redundancy to
the propulsion system, in case of damage during combat. The key to an
effective combat vehicle is simplicity.
One complaint as well. Why is a technology this advanced still using
conventional, cased ammunition?? It may make for cool eye candy during
game play, but caseless ammunition allows for lighter weight and more ammo
in a magazine, which is always a good thing. Plus no casings are left
behind after a firefight, making moving undetected much easier.
Even beyond that, chemical projectiles very in-efficient. Better yet would
be gauss weapons, which use magnetics to accelerate the procjectile, and
are silent and flashless, and could be used to deliver a variety of
payloads (explosive, incendiary, chemical, etc.).
Overall I am very stoked about the arrival of this game, all the movies
and screenshots I have seen so far are awesome. This information may be
available elsewhere, but what is the graphics engine this game is based
on, or is it being developed on its own??