May 22nd 2013
Today we’re happy to introduce you to Star Citizen network and server programmer Tom Sawyer (and yes, that is his real name.) Tom is responsible for building much of the ‘behind the screens’ technology that will allow the Star Citizen universe to come together correctly. You can learn more about Tom this Friday on Wingman’s Hangar, where he’ll answer live questions!
Luckily, Sony took interest in one of my 3D game demos (specifically one that was a four player networked smash up called “Chillz vs. the Abominable Snowmen” that was complete with motion capture and 3D models depicting cute penguins and scary looking wooden art mannequins) and said, “Tom, would you like to do graphics in Foster City or network code in San Diego” — this was an easy choice for me to make, as the weather in San Diego is absolutely gorgeous and I wanted to learn how to surf. And the rest is history!
My most recent projects have been “Starhawk” and “Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale”. The full list of projects that I have worked on while with Sony Computer Entertainment America is here. The SOCOM US Navy Seals franchise is one of my favorite of all time.
Responsible for architecting the initial server-backend “Universe Cluster” that interfaces with CryEngine’s dedicated servers for instancing worlds, server-to-server communication, and web services.
Responsible for the CryNetwork, ensuring optimal bandwidth utilization between each PC client and the CryEngine dedicated servers – and working with the Physics programmer ensuring that distributed physics in a network environment is working as smoothly as possible with variable player counts from only a few to a few hundred.