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Afterbirth

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Release Date: July 4th, 2018

Development Time:  1 year

Team Size: just me :)

Afterbirth is a Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 custom zombies map project that is a remaster of a Call of Duty: World at War zombies map I made back in 2016 called Rebirth. On top of that, it is based on the classic 2D Roguelike game The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth. The goal of the map is capture the spirit of The Binding of Isaac and deliver an experience in a First Person Shooter zombies format.

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The art for the map immediately stands out as strange. I ended up manipulating photos taken from The Binding of Isaac in order to create textures for the rooms. This creates a blend of the realistic Call of Duty style art and pixel art. One of my favorite additions to the map that wasn't in the WaW version is the 2 boss zombies pictured above. To represent the duality of devils and angels in The Binding of Isaac I made a devil boss that shrieks and powers up nearby zombies to run faster, and an angel zombie that moves slowly but has the power to force players to put their weapons away!

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This map is really different from most Black Ops 3 zombies maps. Constructed like a Binding of Isaac level, with random elements to capture the roguelike feel, and lots of devil and angel imagery, this map is an interesting standout. I put a lot of work into making it standout with custom features like room lockdowns, keeper ai, buildable weapons, chalk drawings, and more. I'm very happy with the tight gameplay that turned out, and I think it's the perfect level of challenge.

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