Angels Fall First: Planetstorm is an objective-based assault game fought both in space and on the ground. Featuring totally original art and completely new game types, we take you from flying gigantic capital ships, piloting fighters, and manning turrets to the traditional vehicular and infantry combat, both planet-side and inside the starships themselves. At your command are more than two dozen ships and vehicles, including all original weaponry, 3 maps with full bot support, two custom characters, with more on the way. This is a <b>total</b> conversion mod in the fullest sense of the word. Welcome to Planetstorm.

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First of all, thank you guys for putting us in the Top 100 Best Upcoming Mods for the 2008 Mod of the Year Awards. It's unexpected, but warmly appreciated. :) Anywho, what have the elves of AFF been doing this winter?

Posted by AStepIntoOblivion on Jan 22nd, 2009


The Wheels Keep Turning...


First of all, thank you guys for putting us in the Top 100 Best Upcoming Mods for the 2008 Mod of the Year Awards. It's unexpected, but warmly appreciated. :) Anywho, what have the elves of AFF been doing this winter?

Artside:

  • As promised earlier, here's a little taste of a facet of the art pipeline gamers seldom see - concept art. And we think they're certainly far too pretty to be kept hidden. Concepts from Faxmaster for the United League of Planets:
ULP Concept Art  ULP Concept Art  ULP Concept Art
 

  • High polygon upgrades of the ships are also nearly finished. The ships will now look much much better up close, as the art team hammers together the new spiffier versions of the Ti, Anubis, Rapier, Viper, Sword, Ranger, Huggin, Griphon, Iret, Khamun, and the Firefly. Here are some shots of the upgraded ships:
Anubis Upgrade  Ti and Khamun Upgrade
 
Ranger Frigate  Sword and Rapier Upgrade

Iret Remake


  • Some of the new bits of odds and ends added:
AISN Internals  AISN Internals

  • And a new ground vehicle, the AIA Basta Hover APC:

Basta

Level Design:

  • Ship internal maps remain the focus for much of the work the last months. A new ground map has been added as well, Planet Blanc:
A Dhaka aims at a Silverback   Bird of prey
  • Meanwhile, here's a tour of the more-or-less finished interior map of the USN Ranger Frigate, courtesy of our lead level designer, Jetfire:
Ranger Internal Maps  Ranger Internal Maps

Ranger Internal Maps  Ranger Internal Maps

Ranger Internal Maps  Ranger Internal Maps


Codeside:

A warm welcome to a new member of the code team, MadNad, former lead coder of the Troopers: Dawn of Destiny for Unreal Tournament 2004. Meanwhile, our coders lead by Sarcen has been busy with:

  • Ship boarding tests using dropships has been successful (using a USN Dragoon, for the moment).
  • Windows within the ships now work. You can actually see the battle raging outside from inside the ship itself real-time (ships whizzing past you and all that). The view from inside one of the turret control chairs in the Ranger:
Ranger Internal Maps  Ranger Internal Maps

  • Weapon FX now has different penetration rates for different materials. i.e. A bullet will have more chances of going through wood than it would through steel plates.

Angels Fall First: The Second Antarean War


On another front, our sister project, Angels Fall First: The Second Antarean War has now entered Limited Public Beta testing as of January 11, 2008. Congratulations to Treeform. :) If you'd like to be part of the beta testing, please apply through the Angels Fall First: The Second Antarean War Forums.


aff2aw  aff2aw


For those who didn't catch the last news, you can download our first release from Moddb. If you have any problems with the installation, you can ask us in the Planetstorm Forums. Make sure to check the readme first.

Common problems encountered can usually be fixed by doing the following:

  1. Ensure that your UT3 install is patched to version 1.3
  2. Go to /../AFFGame/Config/ and delete any .ini's which do not start with DEFAULT*.ini
  3. Make sure AFFGame folder is sat next to UTGame in the My Documents and Settings/My Games/UnrealTournament3/ folder

If you're still having problems, don't hesitate to post and ask us. :)


We're still in need of people. If you like what you see and think you can help, contact us in our site: www.affuniverse.com or ps.aff2aw.com.Thank you. :)

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AlCool
AlCool Jan 23 2009, 3:13am says:

Pure Epic. Will be first in line for your next release most definitely :D.

There isn't a thing about this update I can criticize, and nothing more I could ever ask for.

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AlCool
AlCool Jan 23 2009, 3:31am says:

Haha, I commented on every single goddamned epic screenshot you posted for us :D.

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AStepIntoOblivion
AStepIntoOblivion Jan 23 2009, 5:03am replied:

LOL! No mean feat considering the number uploaded during this update. Thanks, man! :)

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Daystranger
Daystranger Jan 23 2009, 5:29am says:

Awesome mod!
Though, pre-alpha is not the version i'd like to play. Pretty buggy and choppy.
Better wait for beta at least.

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Jetfire_
Jetfire_ Jan 23 2009, 8:59am replied:

Nor me :p

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Range_Finder
Range_Finder Jan 23 2009, 6:06am says:

I dont think you should be thanking us, its you guys doing all the hard work to deserve being in the list

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vfn4i83
vfn4i83 Jan 23 2009, 2:14pm says:

Those renders are awesome.

great Work guys

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Mars_3K
Mars_3K Jan 23 2009, 3:51pm says:

wow, a coder from Troopers: Dawn of Destiny? I remember playing that way back when - some decent talent you've signed up, there!

Been following your progress since you started out on HW2. All the best to you! :D

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Jetfire_
Jetfire_ Jan 23 2009, 4:03pm replied:

I was Troopers' last lead LD and was the first to join AFF. Since then I've spent about a year grinding down Madnad until he submitted :D We also have Dru, Troopers' awesome texture artist doing a bit on the side. OT if you liked Troopers, back in the day, I strongly recommend you check out the v6 final release, it's everything we wanted that mod to become ;)

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ikarusFallsLast
ikarusFallsLast Jan 23 2009, 4:27pm says:

thx for the uber update bliv (yes i mean it)
and go AFF GO !

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Dremth
Dremth Jan 23 2009, 6:34pm says:

you guys have too many screenshots
it takes me like 30 minutes to look at them all lol

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Zedrion
Zedrion Jan 25 2009, 9:44am says:

Great update guys. please keep up the great work. is their any news on the mechs? those are going to be wicked to have ingame.

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