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18 comments by bjorn98009_91 on Sep 16th, 2014

Hello all!

Welcome to our September update.

Since our previous update in July, we've finished production on our soundtrack. Both the in-game files and album versions are completed and implemented, so unless we find further issues with it, that part of the project is pretty much done. The album, which consists of a series of suite arrangements, is going to be available on Bandcamp and some other venues (such as YouTube and SoundCloud) when we are ready to release the mod.

In mapping news, we are still working on the exterior Area 51 location. Progress there has been slow, as it's a large map and our environment designer has been busy with his personal obligations. It is close to being done, and compared to the original map, has nearly tripled in playable area. We have also tackled the bug list quite a bit, and coding-wise some bits and pieces have been optimized and trimmed. Various other improvements have been made to a wide variety of the other maps such as implementing our own wish-list items, adding decoration and improving on the assortment of ambient sounds in the game.

Area 51 Overview comparison

The playable area has been vastly expanded.

Area 51 Surface
Area 51 Surface
Area 51 Surface

We are also proud to present that in collaboration with unifiedDX we have implemented switchable 1x/2x UI sizes. For those with a resolution of 1280x960 or above (note that both the height and width have to be larger) can use the new 2x graphics mode so that texts, menus and other screens will be readable.  Our graphics artist has also been busy recently with creating new 2x Davavault images in addition to the 1x that will be used by default. These new datavaults will contain more details then their 1x counterparts due to being 800x800 compared to 400x400.

2x Datavault images

As an example of lingering technical difficulties I've personally struggled with, I’ll talk about a BSP issue in the Paris Cathedral map. A BSP issue is where the world geometry is not assembled correctly by the Unreal editor. This particular error occurred after I went in to fix a texture misalignment on a “mover” object, which requires having the editor reassemble or “rebuild” the map. After the rebuild I discovered the BSP error tearing up a piece of a house near the canal in the map. A lot of time and effort went into trying to solve it by changing surface solidity and the positioning of brushes (geometry details) on the house, with several attempts at rebuilding it (each rebuild takes around 15 minutes). When that didn’t solve the issue, I finally gave up and removed some brushes on the house, namely a set of windows. That solved the problem, but then another issue came up with house nearby. As much if not more time went into fixing that second house, creating zone portals for all the windows, changing solidity and so on. When that was finally settled I found out when testing that the entire map was accidentally flooded due to a leaking water zone- although the method of fixing the issue is quite different, it is a remarkably similar problem to the real-world circumstance. And that's what I am working to solve right now.

Flooded Cathedral

I’m looking forward to sharing more with you all as we begin to finish finishing Revision.

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Apocalipso
Apocalipso Sep 2 2014, 7:25am says:

I heard that in the game files, you can find unused Gunther Hermann's phrases, where he talked about learning GEP-gun handling (I myself dont know exactly). If you ever want to change the training room, it would be possible to use these phrases.
I apologize for my bad English.

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Guest
Guest Sep 3 2014, 1:43am replied:

Actually, Your English is quite good. All mistakes (minor as they are) are tolerable. And Yes - it would be at least interesting to hear new phrases from our beloved Herman. :) If it is possible, of course.

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Epecb
Epecb Sep 3 2014, 1:45am replied:

Wow. I am a guest all of a sudden. :)

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Drewie
Drewie Aug 26 2014, 3:35pm says:

Has anyone nominated JC for the #alsicebucketchallenge? No..? What a shame.

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Jerion
Jerion Aug 27 2014, 11:47am replied:

Not JC, but... Youtube.com

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Guest
Guest Aug 27 2014, 4:31pm replied:

Ha

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Drewie
Drewie Aug 27 2014, 1:48pm replied:

Adam Jensen: Stealing JC Denton's spotlight in the Deus Ex series since 2011

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Drewie
Drewie Aug 25 2014, 3:16pm replied:

Apart the soundtrack being complete, I doubt there's anything major to report about.

But if you check Bugs.launchpad.net you can see that things are seriously coming together and after A51 gets completed, a third (and possibly the final) beta should come up very soon:)

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bjorn98009_91
bjorn98009_91 Aug 25 2014, 4:09pm replied:

True. If we have anything to talk about we'll write an update, but not much as of now.

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Guest
Guest Aug 25 2014, 6:16pm replied:

Cool - thanks guys - very much looking forward to this

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