Proto:Star Fox Adventures/Dinosaur Planet
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Compare build to E3 2000 footage, remnants in final/July demo, and final itself.
On February 20th, 2021, Forest of Illusion released a prototype build of Dinosaur Planet for the Nintendo 64. Dated December 1, 2000, it appears to be one of the final builds of the game in its original form, and represents the state of development at the beginning of its transition into Star Fox Adventures.
| Unused Models|
All the dev purpose markers, unused planets, and catching those hands!
| Unused Areas & Maps|
Back when Walled City and Earth Walker Temple still were two separate areas.
| Unused Text & Development Text|
Early localizations, early scripts and lots of placeholders.
- In a bit of a surprise, Fox McCloud has already begun replacing Sabre, the original male protagonist, by this point. This said, there are still numerous references to Sabre present, including his model, implying that the change was rather recent.
- Krystal is fully playable throughout the game, rather than only being playable in the prologue.
Sabre's gameplay and cutscene models are thankfully still present in this build of the game, but they each have some issues. Sabre's gameplay model (which is used as a placeholder for Fox's SharpClaw disguise) uses the wrong texture on the back of his head - a similar-looking texture intended for the ShadowHunter dinosaurs' legs is assigned by mistake but thankfully his proper texture is still in the ROM. Either of these textures would work, though the half-resolution one is probably intended for the gameplay model so a tiny bit of RAM can be freed:
Sabre's cutscene model (which doesn't appear to be used anywhere in the game but is very luckily still included) does have the correct textures assigned to it, however his model's skeleton seems to use a different joint hierarchy that doesn't match the one used by Fox's model. His animations don't play correctly as a result, causing him to stay in his bind pose most of the time and wiggle his ears instead of talking. Sabre's cutscene model also doesn't emote during cutscenes. It's currently unknown if the morph target data for his different expressions is still present in the ROM but unreferenced by his model, or if the blendshape deltas were simply erased as part of importing Fox's models into the game (Fox doesn't emote either, presumably because they only recently finished the model and didn't have time to create blend targets for it yet). Sabre's set of morph targets would probably be comparable to those used by Krystal's cutscene model, since she emotes correctly when brought into any cutscenes that're supposed to feature Sabre. Incidentally this shows that the facial animation keyframes for Sabre's cutscenes are all still there, they just don't do anything to Fox/Sabre's model!
Sabre's eyes animate properly on both models, but neither of them blink despite the textures for his blink animation still being in the ROM. Both models also have a bug which causes an overlay on Sabre's sword (which is a separate model) to go solid white most of the time, except when it briefly flickers back to its proper texturing during very specific combinations of viewing angles, player coordinates, and weather conditions.
The following GameShark code will replace Fox's cutscene and gameplay models with Sabre's gameplay model. Sabre's gameplay model isn't designed for cutscenes so it doesn't emote either, and its joint IDs are also slightly different from those used by Fox's cutscene model which again causes his ear to wiggle when his jaw should be moving:
81021780 0C02 81021782 6CC1 81021784 0000 81021786 0000 8109B304 240E 8109B306 0007 8109B308 108E 8109B30A 0003 8109B30C 240E 8109B30E 0008 8109B310 148E 8109B312 0002 8109B314 0000 8109B316 0000 8109B318 2404 8109B31A 0009 8109B31C 0800 8109B31E 5F57 8109B320 0004 8109B322 2023
Remnants of an earlier user interface seen in the press video and several teasers for the game. The head icons are prerendered images of the characters' high-poly models, the same models which were used for the higher resolution rendered artwork seen on the leaked character biographies. Sabre's icon is missing (it would also be a prerender of the model seen in the character bios, and is seen in teasers). It is unknown if Kyte ever had one in the first place, but an icon for her is missing as well. Also missing are most of the item icons and the font for the magic and food counters, along with the base health bar, which this blue one would overlay and be cut off as your health lowered.
E3 HUD leftovers
Unfortunately, little to practically nothing remains of the HUD shown off at E3.
The game contains a Scarab counter which is normally disabled. It can be re-enabled with the following GameShark code: 805C4D66 0008.
Opening Demo Cutscene
Replace the video with a better one in the native resolution.
An unused opening demo. It doesn't appear to be finished given how rough the animation looks in some areas. It can be viewed in-game by using the following GameShark code and pressing D-Pad up after starting a new save file.
815C5048 C538 815C504A 1BC8 815C504C 4092 815C504E 73A3 815C5050 4694 815C5052 F18A D10A7DC0 0800 800B4A58 0001
Unused Options Menu
There exists an unused options menu within the data for Dinosaur Planet. Almost none of the options work, however. Enabling the below code will bring the game here upon booting, instead of the save file menu. Exiting this menu with B will crash the game; the game appears to load segment ID 0x3E, which was likely an old menu screen that no longer exists.
Main Menu = Unused Options Menu 8008C857 0041
To exit the menu without crashing, apply the below codes and disable the above code to exit back into the logo screens from this menu. This makes the menus slightly glitchy, however.
Return Out of Options Menu 8008C853 003C 8008C857 003F
Allows for adjustments to screen settings. The Ratio option is always set to 16:9 by default, but the game still appears in 4:3.
Allows changing of music, sound effect volumes, and speaker setup settings. Setup appears to take no effect, but the Music and SFX sliders work as intended.
Allows toggling of subtitle text, though subtitles still output regardless. It's not clear what the Instruments setting does, if anything.
Allows changing of the Z button functionality. Also shows the controls.
A cheat menu with no functionality. "BIG HEAD" is toggled to the On state and cannot be turned off, though it has no effect. The rest of the cheats are below:
GIANT HEAD BLANK 1 BLANK 2 BLANK 3 BLANK 4 BLANK 5
There's two pages of cheats. Attempting to scroll down to a third page will crash the game.
Doesn't work. Was possibly intended to be used to view all cutscenes currently encountered in a save file's playthrough.
If the game ever crashes, it'll display this crash handler.