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2 comments by Swaggletooth on Apr 18th, 2012

Fans of "Terrorist Hunt" in Rainbow Six may see some similarity to this gamemode, however we're working on making "Merc Hunters" different in several ways.

The first difference is that NPCs start off as somewhat weak - only being armed with pistols, eventually progressing to wielding heavier weaponry.  I'm toying with the idea of having some maps progress onto heavy vehicles / helicopters as sort of boss type enemies, it depends how feasible that is (and more importantly, if that's fun or not).

The second point is that players will have a time limit (there won't be endless spawning enemies in this like in Nazi Zombies).  I'm hoping we can give players the ability to extend the time limit if they want to do so, giving them a choice for bugging out if things get too hard.

We'll have a number of maps for this gamemode, the first of which I should mention is one called "Gunkanjima" by the very talented JimOnions


I'm also working on porting a previously unreleased map of his called "Frozen", which is set on a mountainside.  Needless to say, it's a fine looking map and should be great fun to play!

Another map for this gamemode is a map of mine called "Rusland".  It's not really set with anywhere specific in mind (just somewhere vaguely Russian), I've been working from a variety of references to produce this.  It's been quite nice to work on this as a break from the other large scale maps I've been making for the main game mode.


I still want to add a great deal more detail to the map, so I'll be posting more pictures of this as I develop it.

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H3roChr1s
H3roChr1s Nov 10 2012, 1:36pm says:

Hello,is the release date window is 2012?:)

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Swaggletooth
Swaggletooth Nov 11 2012, 5:20am replied:

It's not likely to be, probably around July next year.

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toadie
toadie Nov 14 2012, 1:31am replied:

Yeah, July is a realistic projection. We'd hoped to have something to show by November, but life got in the way of some things.

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B8NDIT
B8NDIT Oct 31 2012, 1:12pm says:

I think this looks great so far. If you could change uo the default hud, it would help a lot. Also if it is possible to add player s legs that are visible it would be greatly appreciated. Keep up the good work.

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Swaggletooth
Swaggletooth Oct 31 2012, 4:02pm replied:

Thanks for the interest! We are planning to fully change the HUD, but right now it's a "when it's done" kind of thing.

As for legs... that would be a nice feature but one which won't really be necessary (you won't be looking down much in the game).

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Urby
Urby Oct 27 2012, 12:29pm says:

Keep forgetting to track this whenever it pops up.

Anyway, problem solved. :P

On the topic of NPCs, will you be putting a little more work into their reactions etc. The combine and many other NPCs in HL2 barely react to getting hit and then they cut straight to ragdoll physics when their health reaches zero. Will you be utilising animation blending as seen in L4D or RAGE or is this something you don't intend to change,

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Swaggletooth
Swaggletooth Oct 28 2012, 5:13am replied:

Thanks for tracking ;D

I guess it's true that standard NPCs don't react too much, I guess it's something we can look into. Ideally it would just be something that requires animating an extended hit animation (I really need to check the animation sequences sometime...)

We'll see how things turn out :)

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H3roChr1s
H3roChr1s Oct 26 2012, 8:11am says:

YES UPDATES,cant wait to play it!:D

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H3roChr1s
H3roChr1s Oct 16 2012, 3:33pm says:

Looks really good,tracking!

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milo-rd
milo-rd Sep 13 2012, 6:34am says:

Great work on the new weapons guys :)

cheers!

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