[MOD] High-res background graphics [V1.0]

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[MOD] High-res background graphics [V1.0]

Postby splette » Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:27 am

I love FTL and I do like retro and pixel graphic. But I'm not a huge fan of the background graphic of FTL. They seem low res (especially the nebula animations). Some of the planets and galaxies look like they were painted over with an impressionist brush in Photoshop. So, I decided to replace the planets and backgrounds with higher quality versions, trying to stay as close as possible to the original subjects - and add a couple of new ones.

What it does
The only thing this mod (or should I say reskin? Not sure about the nomenclature) does is replace the background graphics. That is planets, sun, stars, galaxies and the nebula. No other textures (ships etc) are being modified.

Please note: For the added backgrounds and planet, I had to modify the file events_imageList.xml (append is not possible in this case). Keep this in mind if you use any other mods that altered that file.

Future development
In the vanilla version of the game there are only 9 planets + 1 sun. Therefore, the backgrounds get pretty repetitive after a while of playing. In V1.0I added 4 new backgrounds + 1 planet. In future releases I might add more graphics. Let me know what else you want to see and how I can improve this mod.

Maybe, if Justin & Mathew are interested, it would be great to integrate this into a future update of the main game. What do you think?

High-res background graphics V1.0

Installation Instructions (requires Grognak's Mod Manager):

1. Download the "Highres Backgrounds V1.0.ftl" file above ^
2. Drag the .ftl file into the "mods" folder in you FTL installation directory (note: the folder used by GMM in the same directory you installed GMM)
3. Run GMM. Select "Highres Backgrounds V1.0" from the mod list and click OK.
4. Once GMM is finished repacking, run FTL, and enjoy!

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Re: [MOD] High-res background graphics

Postby Darkfrost » Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:30 am

Looks good :) The only one that bugged me before was the really low quality nebula clouds, good to see you replaced them!
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Re: [MOD] High-res background graphics

Postby boa13 » Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:32 am

Like you, I'm not too found of the pseudo-low-res nature of the backgrounds in FTL. However, they've been voluntarily done this way, that got me thinking that maybe more detailed backgrounds would distract the player and make it harder to spot the smaller elements of the GUI.

The changes you show are nice-looking, but you could post a screenshot of an ongoing ship fight, so we can see how they look in real use? :)
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Re: [MOD] High-res background graphics

Postby splette » Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:13 am

I was also wondering why they did that. My guess is that they somehow wanted to match the pixel graphic of the foreground with some lowres graphic in the background. But it doesn't match very well in my opinion.

I understand the concern about the background being too distracting but the problem is a different one. The graphics being a little more precise or washed out doesn't make any difference in terms of distraction. What does is what is shown in the background. Some of the backgrounds are just black space with a few tiny stars and then one planet. But there are three background images that show colorful nebula. They have a high contrast and are very busy. They might indeed considered distracting by some.

I have been experimenting a little. One idea I had was to 'properly' pixelate the backgrounds:
But it doesn't solve the problem of the busy backgrounds and the pixellation doesn't match well with the rest of the graphics, so I dropped that idea.

Anyway here are some screenshots. This one has one of the detailed galaxies in the background.
For more screenshots in high resolution click on the image:

If there is a consensus here that the nebula are too much, I could reduce their complexity. But if you are not distracted by them in the vanilla version of FTL, you probably won't be bothered by my updated nebulas either. So, let me know what you think.

PS. You might notice another modification on my screenshot. Something else I am working on seperately.
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Re: [MOD] High-res background graphics

Postby Cthulhus » Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:17 am

Top!! Can't wait !
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Re: [MOD] High-res background graphics

Postby Whale Cancer » Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:06 am

This is great! Can't wait for the release!
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Re: [MOD] High-res background graphics

Postby froz » Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:20 am

Really good work. It looks great. I wouldn't worry about distraction, I don't think it's a real issue at all.

Original background were a little bit dissapointing. I remember what I felt for the first time I had those events claiming that "it's so beatiful here". Well, I read that, then I looked at the background and thought "not really".
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Re: [MOD] High-res background graphics

Postby chronial » Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:50 am

I am pretty sure you can add more planet images. Have a look at events_imageList.xml in data.dat. The contents should be pretty self–explanatory.
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Re: [MOD] High-res background graphics

Postby Ethelwulf » Fri Sep 28, 2012 12:25 pm

This is amazing. Looking forward to it!
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Re: [MOD] High-res background graphics

Postby Mr. Mister » Fri Sep 28, 2012 1:09 pm

I'm all for this!

If something distracted me, it was the overpixelated look of the nebula. So I might get less distracted with your retexture :D

And if you want to de more, original backgrounds/planets, then I'd appreciate it even more!

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