INTERSTELLAR MARINES resurrects the old school tactical FPS, offering a unique blend of co-op, role-playing and nonlinear gameplay. Set in a believable future, you take on the role as an elite soldier handpicked to join Project IM, a top secret military program being assembled to protect mankind from all dangers outside our solar system - Head on over to our Steam store page and check it out!

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About Interstellar Marines with 8 comments by ZPSHicks on Sep 26th, 2014

The NeuroGen Incident

After four months of hard work, today we are massively proud to announce that our very first full co-op experience has been released!

Interstellar Marines is a game built on the promise of awesome co-op, and The NeuroGen Incident is the first time we've unleashed the full power of our co-op experience. Built in a level 6 times the size of our largest multiplayer map, The NeuroGen Incident allows you to play through one of the pivotal stories in the development of the Interstellar Marines program.

With difficulty levels ranging from Easy all the way to the legendary Interstellar Marines, The NeuroGen Incident can be played through multiple times with a different experience and path every game. You and your co-op friends will be fighting intelligent enemies, in different areas with divergent paths to success each time you fire up Interstellar Marines! We've even added several new Steam achievements for you to achieve during the fight.

Version: 0.5.13
Released: 18th September 2014

What's New

  • ADDED: First iteration of co-op, "The NeuroGen Incident"
  • ADDED: First iteration of revive
  • ADDED: Guard AI, animations, audio and revised CTR model
  • ADDED: Afflicted AI, animations, audio and revised CTR model
  • ADDED: Ability to add electrical systems to levels, including power boxes and switches
  • ADDED: Ability to add door locks to levels
  • ADDED: Ability to add key cards to levels
  • ADDED: Ability to add audio logs to levels
  • ADDED: Ability to add waypoints to levels
  • ADDED: Ability to invite friends to servers from within the game
  • ADDED: Ability to randomly spawn co-op items (CTR, key cards etc.)
  • ADDED: VOIP for co-op, including in-game VOIP tab (press ESC to access)
  • ADDED: ZPS admin ability to kick/ban players on a server
  • ADDED: Central ban register
  • ADDED: Round score logging
  • ADDED: Ability to add multiple difficulty levels for AI
  • ADDED: Ability for the AI to patrol
  • ADDED: Ability for the Afflicted AI to melee attack
  • ADDED: Massive new range of props
  • ADDED: Large number of new modules
  • ADDED: Best team in Interstellar Marines icon
  • ADDED: Additional server browser filters
  • ADDED: Ability for first player to pick public, friends-only or private server in co-op
  • ADDED: Ability for first player to choose difficulty level of server in co-op
  • ADDED: Show difficulty level in HUD
  • ADDED: First iteration of co-op game mode
  • ADDED: Sector-based CTR relevancy
  • ADDED: 100+ audio recordings

Improvements

  • UPDATED: Megalodon model and sounds
  • UPDATED: Glass windows now have a new shader
  • UPDATED: Force player into walk-crouch to avoid clipping in vents
  • UPDATED: Announcer manager to buffer audio announcements
  • UPDATED: Reflections use cube maps
  • UPDATED: CTR model
  • UPDATED: Build tools to speed up Linux builds
  • UPDATED: Build tools to speed up Linux builds

Known Issues

  • The HUD names and kill messages will be clipped on aspect ratios that are less wide than 16:10
  • The game will stop updating when switching out of fullscreen in Windows (known bug in Unity 4)
  • View jittering may occur when jumping on lossy networks
  • Audio may cut off partially/completely on weapon/helmet sounds
  • Other players will seem to float above or interpenetrate while standing on a moving dynamic platforms (network smoothing will exaggerate this effect)
  • Mainline and Mainline Winter maps have been temporarily removed from menu
  • Potential to fall through elevator when moving

Fixes

  • FIXED: "TP stealing when more than one player is capturing a zone"

Head on over to our Steam store page and check it out

Keep the great feedback coming!

FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME,
Your team at Zero Point Software

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Mkilbride
Mkilbride Oct 7 2011, 2:25pm says:

Really can't wait for this. Looks awesome.

However, what do I not like is the hype machine you're trying to build. You buff your own games up so much it makes it suspicious. Your videos showcase an awesome looking game, fun and such, but there has been many games with a similar look, and feel, and gameplay based off the three demo's so far.

But your videos constantly state that it is very unique gameplay.

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wolfedya
wolfedya Nov 18 2011, 5:29am replied:

It's unfinished....the unique feel to it...is unfinished....
How simple do you need it explained?

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wolfedya
wolfedya Sep 28 2011, 3:29pm says:

I am stunned....... EA,Activision,Ubisoft,Crytek..... all of the f*ckin sudden.......these names no longer have any meaning in my head....

This is an unbelievable effort to do something...... and not have someones fancy logo and bossy behaivior f*ck it up.......

I am simply speechless......all CAN say..... is that I will very patiently wait and express my support....

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dongiboy2000
dongiboy2000 Sep 21 2011, 3:57am says:

Ok Mister xalener,
no need to get nasty and personal.

This is a fps, right? So for an fps, the graphics are crucial. No one want's to play a shooter with ancient graphics from 2005. These guys trying hard to get the best out of Unity with post processing effects and shaders. That's great. But this is like you put a shiny icing on top of a poorly backed cake. Unity rendering capacities are pretty weak compared to UDK or Cry, when it comes to desktop games.
And what do you think how fast this will run in a Browser? I tried it and the performance was not really satisfying.
I'm not against Unity at all. Or this project. They doing a good job with the limited opportunities. And I'm happy to see when a small indie team compete against the big guys. Unity is also a nice tool for casual games and great for mobile games. I worked on some Unity games for iPhone as well.
But for an desktop/console fps, it is simply not the best choice. There are engines which are way more potent for such a graphics intense genre with optimized tools that suits perfectly for such a task.
Furthermore permit me to remark, that I find it really immature to get voted down and personally attacked just because I asked a simple question. I did not talk this project or Unity down. And I have no problem to discuss this as long we keep this in a decent manner. Ok?

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RayBarrera
RayBarrera Oct 10 2011, 8:00pm replied:

That's a bit near-sighted, my friend. You need to expand your horizons. Many f2p games look like **** compared to this and do extremely well. Hell, CS is still played over the better-looking CS:S. It's not ALL about graphics.
With that said, I do think these guys have put a great effort into polish, which is way more important. Every piece looks like it received the tlc it needs. You are also vastly under-estimating Unity's potential. Not only is a great engine already, there are MAJOR engine upgrades coming in the next few months.
To correct some misinformation: The Browser player and Stand-alone code are practically identical, so it will run fine in either (and already does as evident in the bullseye and running man demos).

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Piemanlives
Piemanlives Sep 28 2011, 7:01pm replied:

well it depends really, but btw i don't think it's possible to run unity on a console, but a good game dose not depends on it's graphics examples would include freespace 1&2, halo 1, homeworld, red alert 2, and tiberium sun, these are truly fantastic games all with horrible graphics compared to now but yet they live on. i rate games based on game play, re-playability, overall awesome, originality, and that's all i can think of right now but yeah it doesn't matter about the graphics, it's the game that matters and if you think otherwise your an idiot

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fragfest2012
fragfest2012 Sep 21 2011, 2:28am says:

Oh my god!! Been following this game on their site for like a year and a half now! I want to upgrade to spearhead soooooo bad, but I don't have any $$ :(

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Aimforthehead
Aimforthehead Sep 20 2011, 11:25pm says:

Awesome advertisement.

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RequiemLux
RequiemLux Sep 20 2011, 4:48pm says:

can't wait

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