The Bloodlines Resurgence Project is a community effort to update the original Vampire Bloodlines game, bringing it to the current Source engine. To achieve this, a dedicated team of hobbyists are working on converting the original content into the new engine. This has the following benefits:

  • Fixing all of the bugs still found in the original games (the original developers were only able to release one patch - it's up to us!)
  • Among these bugs were slowdowns, bad framerates, quest issues, graphical problems/glitches, and a serious control issue present for most people that locks up all controls for several moments periodically.
  • To bring the fans of the game an SDK to work with
  • This allows fans to make their own Bloodlines content - maps, textures, quests, npcs - anything and everything

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16 comments by atrblizzard on Nov 6th, 2013

Hello fellow Kindreds! As always, it's been such a long time since our last news article, but as always, we come with some great news!

I must admit, it's been quite quiet around here, so you might ask, what have been happening lately? Well, first of all we're planning on releasing the multiplayer alpha as soon as possible. And I don't say "soon" loosely either. I should strap a "Valve time" on it so it would make it a whole lot clear on the situation. We were hoping to release it as soon as September, but there were several holds up.

First of all, we were trying to polish the multiplayer in every way possible before releasing. First of all getting the player class done, HUD, menu panels and such. So what is holding us to post pone the release even further? I would gladly say not much, since it's almost in the expected state. One of the biggest issues we have which is nothing too serious is to get all player animations to work properly.
Since player animations are being handled differently as NPC ones, I'm going to spare all the details regarding Source's animation system (which is a lovely one by the way). The current issues we have is with weapon aiming, such as not aiming the right direction and not following the player's aim view.
Besides that there are still a few map tweaks and polishing left to do, but despite these issues, it's all ready to be released.

I would like to point out a few things on what to expect on the first release of the multiplayer.

It will feature a few game mode varieties, such as deathmatch and detonation, along with a few selection of maps. These will be extended once more game modes and suitable maps will get added.
There will be no disciplines added yet, since it's still being worked on. Getting things working on multiplayer takes a different approach, but we want to make sure everything is balanced and not to hold up any release because of that.

The weapon system will feature a unique per class selection, being able to swap between primary weapons. For the time being there will be only 11 ranged weapons to choose from.
Melee weapons won't be included because they are missing first person animations and it wouldn't work out without those, especially for a multiplayer mode. But do not worry, it's currently being worked on and added in a later point once it's finished.

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It is going to feature two teams for the initial release: Camarilla and Society of Leopold (Vampire Hunters). Will feature all Camarilla player models, both gender and armor selections, along with the default ranged weapon arsenal, ammo containers and more.

Here's a short demonstration on the Demolition game mode.

And now for some news on the progress on single player!

We've been working on getting more NPCs done as you can see in the video below. Since the original game had their custom written AI system along, we've taken the approach to not only write our own NPC entities, but also to use ActBusy for adding more varieties to how they act. It's a substitute to interesting_place, which tells the NPC to be "busy" within a scene to add further "touch" to the scenery.

Besides a gameplay progress, I also ported a cutscene as an experiment due to the nature that they used a different approach on animating the actors for the cutscenes. Since each cutscene animation is set to use 4 actors within a single animation (namely 4 bipeds within a scene), it allowed them to animate them easier along with animating the player itself. But nonetheless, I worked out on a different approach on bringing them alive. They were set up as regular scripted sequences that animate the actors from an origin point, having the cutscene sequences split up for each actor.

Also in case you missed out on older updates, we've demonstrated on using map instancing for several maps, meaning more maps can be seamlessly integrated and compiled as a whole, thus removing the need to load maps between the hub maps and the buildings and removing the need for any sort of map transition. This allows us to have more control over an area and adding a sense of realism between the maps, as seen in the following video below:

Along with that, we also use a different approach on dealing with Elysium areas. Since the maps are connected, Elysium areas are done using trigger area brushes that triggers the Elysium specific functions, shown here:

We're hoping to release the multiplayer alpha as soon as possible, until the end of this month. Thanks for sticking around and as always, keep your eyes on our project as it's getting more progress.

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Bloodlines Resurgence Demo Installer 1.0.1.4

Bloodlines Resurgence Demo Installer 1.0.1.4

Apr 5, 2011 Demo 6 comments

This installer converts your original version of the game into the latest Source engine with various working maps as demonstration of the mod. The installer...

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MCGONN
MCGONN Apr 11 2011, 7:28pm says:

I was just wondering, are you actually fixing and improving maps and things or are you just porting them directly?

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pureevil29
pureevil29 Apr 6 2011, 11:49pm says:

Tracking, great mod guys... I hope that the latest source engine can bring lots of improvements to the original, specially in the "loading every 5 seconds part"... Graphics wise the game was fine, but firearms combat was a complete mess...

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Mkilbride
Mkilbride Apr 7 2011, 1:22am replied:

Every 5 seconds? Only when you changed zones, and due to the natural of the game, it cannot.

They would literally have to remake every map...which is insane to ask, as they are already short-staffed on just porting it.

The thing is, I asked the same thing, but they explained to me, the inside of a building was usually bigger than the outside of the building that it was portrayed as...hence, some serious map editing would be required to make it connected. I'm sure loading times will be better, heck, it could even be near instant loading, I'm sure, due to engine enhancements.

But unless you can find a coder, and mapper, who wants to do that...unlikely.

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ShadowIllusive
ShadowIllusive Apr 6 2011, 8:00am says:

god, this is sweet. tracking you guys! <3

gonna make a few more runs at bloodlines :3 Malkavian 4life!

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atrblizzard
atrblizzard Apr 6 2011, 7:35am says:

So far, the only missing feature of the mod are code related parts, such as gameplay mechanism, various entities and NPCs and so on.

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Vcc2cc
Vcc2cc Apr 6 2011, 4:34pm replied:

so basically what has caused thousands of other mods to shut down- lack of coders. This is usually a top priority before any other development is to be made.

It's sad but I hope this doesn't cause the mod to die. Started tracking yesterday.

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Mkilbride
Mkilbride Apr 7 2011, 1:25am replied:

Well, they figured they could at least port all the maps and models in the mean time, so that when they DO get a coder, it'll all be ready for him to take advantage of.

Better than doing nothing, really.

Coders aren't rare, there are so many. Finding a coder who will work though...now that's rare.

Most coders I've seen, join up for a mod, do one or two things, and quit, cause they got bored or something. That's why it's so rare for a quality mod to be made...I mean, people get paid for what they do for free, hence alot of them have trouble with that. They feel they should do it and get paid or so, but hey, it's a free mod...can't really get paid.

Just think how many really successful mods there are? Not many. By successful, I mean are completed. There are hundreds of completed mods, but many thousands that had an alpha and then died due to lack of a coder.

I can't blame the coders either, but I thank the ones who stick it out with a mod and make a really great game.

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Mkilbride
Mkilbride Apr 6 2011, 12:54pm replied:

Ah, the least important part.

:P

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IdiotInAJeep
IdiotInAJeep Apr 6 2011, 6:05am says:

Good luck guys. Pleased to see an update.

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Mkilbride
Mkilbride Apr 5 2011, 3:13pm replied:

It will be a mod for HL2, but it will require you to own Bloodlines, i.e, you need critical assets from it.

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