It is July 31st, meaning it is time for another TAGAP 4 media onslaught for the celebration of the 14th anniversary of TAGAP!
It has been ages since I've given any updates on TAGAP 4. So, my apologies, time to correct this mistake, big time!
Without further ado;
The level in this playthrough is from around the half-way point into TAGAP 4 and is set in the Glowenko Industries steel mill – one recycling and producing the alloys needed by the automated robot factory. You know, the one the endless supply of turrets and Penguinators comes from.
The inspiration for the level are two fold. Since the new shaders meant the fire and heat effects of the new engine were a lot better than before, I wanted to have another level filled with fire and brimstone. However, stuff like volcanos and lava streams didn't fit the flow of the game at all. A steel mill, on the other hand, felt logical. Thus I started designing the level with pen and paper, using the legendary ending scene of Terminator 2 as a reference.
The other inspiration comes from music, per usual. The very week I started to actually produce the level based on the pencil design drafts, Metallica's brilliant S&M2 was released. In case you didn't know, S&M albums are live recordings of Metallica performing with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and are the textbook definition of epic. The new album has a couple of classical performances as well... one of them being Alexander Mosolov's ahead-of-its-time "Iron Foundry".
If you are into industrial music, you likely already know "Iron Foundry". Written in 1926, it is arguably 'the original industrial song', a piece of a ballet composed to sound like the massive ironworks factory. Whilst there have been many versions of this piece – many of which I've loved – none of them quite capture the fire-and-brimstone atmosphere of a foundry quite like the S&M2 one.
Needless to say, I mapped most of this level playing the song on repeat. In the end, I think the level looks and feels more like the song than the original influence of Terminator 2. Thus the name of the level became "Iron Foundry".
Petja started composing music for TAGAP 4 before many of the levels were ready and this is one of the first three such songs. Leaning on the more apocalyptic side of TAGAP, this one felt a great fit for the "Iron Foundry" level. I have to admit, Mosolov's composition being in the public domain I almost asked Petja to usea Hammond cover of the track, but this is much more appropriate and – more importantly – 'more TAGAP'.
Since I captured a big chunk of high quality footage from the latest version of the game, time to put it to good use and take some screengrabs for your screenshot viewing pleasures!
I can't believe it's been 14 years already! Thank you for all your support, hopefully you're liking how TAGAP 4 is shaping up. Considering how unstable the world is these days, I honestly can't promise TAGAP 4 being out for the 15th anniversary. I can at the very least guarantee that by then you will know the release date!