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A never-before-seen look into the archives of one of the most anticipated mods this year.

Posted by stenchy on Jun 17th, 2009

The team behind NEOTOKYO° has let me dive into their super secret archives in order to steep myself in all things NT. Shuffling through all of the reference photos, works in progress and concepts was a daunting task. However, with a little explanation from the development team, I’ve managed to piece together the never-before-seen origins of the mod as it currently exists.

NEOTOKYO° (NT) started out as an Unreal Tournament 2004 mod, unknown to many, which played out as a deathmatch mod with capture points. Although the art style for NT UT2K4 claimed to take its inspiration from such sources as Akira and Ghost in the Shell, it was a mish-mash of ideas with several interpretations from contributors. Although the results were entertaining, the mod failed to gain traction and was soon lost to mod graveyard like many, many others before it.

As is usual with the large majority of mod projects, the turnover of contributors eventually whittled the team down to its few core members. It was at this time that the switch was made to work on the Source engine. The team had been itching to get their hands on Source since the development of their UT2K4 version, which was more or less something of a primer for them. It was with this little bit of development experience that they solidified their game plan.

What you see above is the kernel of NEOTOKYO° Source, born as a story closely following the fictional events of their previous project. Billed as the “Shadow War”, both sides would be armed with the latest technology, battling it out for the chance to secure sensitive data crucial to gaining unprecedented control in Japan’s government. The team also took this time to crystallize the futuristic anime influences in the new mod’s art style. Several sketches helped developed the look of the NSF and JINRAI forces as they exist today and set the mood of the futuristic urban combat environments.

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These ideas then evolved into something that the public is more familiar with:

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Up next, we’ll explore the exact reasons why the “Shadow War” exists and how each side plans to win it.

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yamato57 Jun 17 2009, 7:21am says:


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Killer_man_1996 Jun 17 2009, 5:18pm replied:

It's so f"!6ing Beautiful....


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Nelllle Jun 17 2009, 7:29am says:


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mrbarracuda Jun 17 2009, 7:32am says:

sexy good :)

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chaosmaster4 Jun 17 2009, 7:34am says:

it kind of reminds me of ghost in the shell, in a good way.
keep up the good work!
Beatiful XD

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107th_Raven Jun 17 2009, 2:32pm replied:

definitely ! :D i like it

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Kattevoer Jun 17 2009, 7:42am says:

Pushbak... <3

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Tatsur0 Jun 17 2009, 8:11am replied:

Indeed. Push is both a friend and mentor. <3

[Edit]...for the right amount of $

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Khalus Jun 17 2009, 7:57am says:

*loves JINRAI* Awesome ^^ *relatively decaying from agonizing wait >.<*

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_Jinz_ Jun 17 2009, 8:03am says:


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hushpuppy Jun 17 2009, 8:09am says:

Damn it, i cant wait any longer!!!!

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sauerfreak Jun 17 2009, 8:43am says:

Still lookin' great, I love the concept art. :D

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enablerbr Jun 17 2009, 9:30am says:

So why the change from UT2K4 to Source? was coding for Source easier to do than UT2K4? wouldn't such a move from one engine to another cause another long learning curve?

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Glasseater Jun 17 2009, 12:42pm replied:

it wasnt a change, it was allways decided to be put on the Source Engine, but when HL2 got leaked and pushed back, they had to work on something, they didnt wanna just wait untill valve released Hl2, so they got to work on a "concept version" for UT2k4

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Ansob Jun 17 2009, 9:40am says:

I'd briefly seen the UT2k4 version of nT before, but I'd never stopped to pay attention to it - it's actually a lot more polished than I thought it would be. I hope the CP gameplay ends up being introduced to the Source version, as I'm not the biggest fan of CTF.

As a completely unrelated aside, I swear I've heard some of Ed Harrison's stuff in mainstream media recently. :S

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DjBourgeoisie Jun 17 2009, 9:44am says:

Half life has always had a good reputation of supporting mods, not to say unreal does not, but Source showed more promise in demo's, the engine just seemed more impressive than what the 2k4 engine was capable of at that time.

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pvt.Johnson Jun 17 2009, 2:11pm replied:

The Unreal engine has been around just as long as the Source(gold source engine, known as before the source engine in 2004) engine, and has been held high for its easily mod ability in many aspects. The only difference in which one is better is the fact that the Unreal engine is more versatile on different platforms(the Source engines stutters on the PS3 and will probably never officially make its way to Mac OSX). But yes, the ut2004 engine never really found a way to make every mod shine on computers... some have managed, no doubt(Killing Floor, Ballistic Weapons, Out of Hell, Mars Wars, Law dogs, etc).

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enablerbr Jun 17 2009, 9:50am says:

looking at the video. it would sugest that it had quite a bit of development time spent on it. so going Source surely meant new coding, redesign of assests etc. so basically scapping loads of previous work and effort.

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Hendrix Jun 17 2009, 10:28am says:

looks amazing.

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Ben_E Jun 17 2009, 10:41am says:

Keep the hype coming!

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spellman23 Jun 17 2009, 10:52am says:

lookin' sweet. Can't wait for the release, although my internetz been a bit slow so I'm not sure I'll be able to play at any release party.

there is gonna be a release party, right?

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linfosoma Jun 17 2009, 11:04am says:

Well, I've been put into shame, that concept art is incredible.

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MrMattWebb Jun 17 2009, 11:34am says:


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Glasseater Jun 17 2009, 12:43pm says:

Spread the word guys, this stuff is incredible

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KindredPhantom Jun 17 2009, 1:00pm says:

An interesting look at Neotokyo's history.

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Spooboy Jun 17 2009, 1:45pm says:

Ive been following this mod for some time now, maybe even sense the very beginning. I knew from the first day I every looked at this mod that it had outstanding potential, and I guess I was right. Cant wait to download and play this bad *** mod. Good work really sums it all up.

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tidel Jun 17 2009, 2:07pm says:

i'd be interested in the technologie used for visualising the things the character sees. like a camera connected to his cyberbrain? or what is it,beeing connected to his cyberbrain if his eyes are blocked like it is shown in some concept arts. the metal plate doenst realy look like an visual input to me. would be cool to get some information about that!

realy looking forward to the release! you're doing a great job

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FriedchikenCamo Jun 17 2009, 4:42pm replied:

In the actual mod, the character models have extra details showing tiny cameras mounted on the protective face-plates. A lot of the soldiers have 4 or more electronic eyes wired to their brains, so ideally they don't need to sacrifice sight for heavy face protection.

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pvt.Johnson Jun 17 2009, 2:12pm says:

I remember playing the UT2004 mod, not online of course. haha
The mod has come a long way, great work guys.

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Armageddon104 Jun 17 2009, 2:35pm says:


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MrCowThing Jun 17 2009, 3:30pm says:

That is just beautiful!
I remember it being a UT2k4 mod, I never really followed it until it came to Source though.

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KEEP_IT_UP! Jun 17 2009, 3:34pm says:

SIMPLY GREAT ARTWORKS! very talented! looking forward to play this :)
keep it up ;)

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Mkilbride Jun 17 2009, 3:54pm says:

Man. It gets better and better. This is going to be a definitive mod for Source, I know it.

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RocketSurgery Jun 17 2009, 4:04pm says:

good art, cant wait for this game

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RogerRamjet Jun 17 2009, 5:27pm says:

Excellent evolution of a soon to be classic mod for HL2... top work...

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Lt.SnoWolf Jun 17 2009, 6:02pm says:

Glad we get to take a look at NT before source and its development. Cant wait for the next one!

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purplehaze412 Jun 17 2009, 6:52pm says:


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CitizenLand Jun 17 2009, 8:24pm says:

had a huge amount of fun playing the 2k4 version. Unfortunately word just didn't get around and it was tough to get a game together.

Looking at the Source version I beleive this will change. The game absolutely destroys CS in every way.

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Rukus_ Jun 17 2009, 9:04pm says:

I need to download UT2K4!

Keep up the good work Radi-8

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vfn4i83 Jun 18 2009, 2:23am says:

Outstanding article.
really that mod has a little background and huge effort. Cant wait.

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Jashin Jun 18 2009, 3:31am says:

I played this on UT2k4. It didn't "catch on" cus it needed massive rework and nobody took it on. The weighted classes didn't really counter one another like the titles suggest and the maps were simple and basic. It was more a homage to the aesthetic of Ghost in the Shell than a serious multiplayer game.

I hope those issues have been addressed :)

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mrbarracuda Jun 18 2009, 6:46am replied:

ut2k4 version was really just a prototype.

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wbokunic Jun 18 2009, 10:27am replied:

The UT2k4 version was made in a year. The Source engine version has been in development for four years. It's obvious that this isn't just another unbalanced mod. It's going to be heavily balanced and be virtually bug free upon release.

I would have said "like most official games (aka - not mods)," but America's Army 3 just came out and we all know how buggy that game is.

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DELTΔ Jun 18 2009, 3:54am says:

oh emm gee thats right it was so good that i had to spell it it was simply to powerful to fit inside a small container of three letters so it exploded into the new beautiful 8 letter name it has now been given and even this does not begin to describe its beauty maybe i should have said oh emm eff gee ell oo ell arr oo eff ell emm aa ye oo or in other words omfglolroflmayo thats right its that good

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Dna|tmrocks Jun 18 2009, 9:51am says:


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Incognito84 Jun 18 2009, 2:22pm says:

Great work.

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grinder71518 Jun 18 2009, 6:01pm says:

MOD OF THE YEAR 2009-2232!!!!!!!!!!!

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theM3nace Jun 19 2009, 8:15am says:

If anybody could or should make this mod it would definately be you guys..
And it is which I am very happy for

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.illogical Jun 22 2009, 2:24pm says:

amazing, I want to see more

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exanity Jun 27 2009, 1:16pm says:

This mod has such an amazing feel and art style, and gaining access to the origins of the mod and it's development has given me an even greater respect for it.

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