GTA: SOL uses an enhanced version of the Vice City game engine with a lot of added functionality taken from San Andreas and Liberty City with some new ideas I soon plan to add to improve overall game play such as the player/actor being able to crawl, swim, and climb. My main goal is to place all 3 GTA Game maps onto 1 single map and I have almost reached this goal with the help of those contributing towards this mod's progress, now helping me add San Andreas along side Mainland Liberty, Liberty City and Vice City, Other contributions towards the mod have been the Statue of Liberty, Squiddy's SA hud and Mark's Fun Island.
This is my first post on here for many months and a lot of things have happen since beta 51.9. The first big change is a solid team and not only that we also have an online client. We are looking for talented people to join our team (www.gtasolonline.com) I want to finish with project the best I can, but I need your help. I have posted below the team comments on the state of the project.
Posted by Mc-Kay on Sep 23rd, 2011
We admire your ability to have patience with us while we juggled our life issues over the past few months. Although we understand that people might have lost interest along the way, or might have given up hope that we would ever complete the project, we can now safely guarantee that opening up the team to applications is a fundamental first step to get this project back on track. Over the past couple weeks, particularly, we have worked hard to complete our development of the application and the development websites, maximizing the functionality available to you as a team member. We will not reveal this functionality to you, for if accepted, you will have a first-hand look. Being a member of the team is nothing short of spectacular. We have always intended to open up the team at some point; however, it was delayed due to complications.
By having more members on the team, the project will finally be operating at a faster pace, allowing us to release more videos quicker, to disclose updates on a regular basis opposed to a few per month, and most importantly, to make the development of the builds and maps more progressive, and more stable quicker. The team is, thus, a community effort, which requires “strength in numbers” to most efficiently produce as close to a perfect product as we can get.
So, at this point, you must be wondering what our current goals, as a project, are. Most recently, we have made it our best effort to completely refine our code and maps. Over the past couple of weeks, the internal core for our builds has started the journey of being completely revamped. Additionally, we have ceased the addition of new areas to the map, in favor of refining and repairing bugs that have existed since the beginning of the merge, up to the present. Obviously, you can expect that much has changed since the merge, as it has. The map has grown tremendously more complex in size and in detail (illustrated by various screenshots and the radar images), and the core for the multi-player and the additional game features have improved (indicated by the development videos and the disclosure of swimming).
By applying to the team, every member is encouraged to help us thoroughly test the current map and multi-player builds for bugs. As with every project out there, the debugging process is the most intrusive and time-consuming. Having a large team to distribute the debugging process will make the project as a whole more stable, which is the goal of all software. After all, who would want to play SOL-O if it constantly crashed, as in the past with GTA:SOL 51.9 and VC-O?
Most importantly, being a part of the team will allow you to be at a “one-on-one” level with the development progress, opposed to waiting for weekly updates. Of course with everything, there is a catch. To guarantee the best chance of being accepted on the team, you must make your application “shine.” What does this mean? We are looking for dedicated and experienced members, opposed to those “off the street.” Make yourself unique and important when you apply. To guarantee success, we need successful members. It’s that simple.
Another question you might have is how many members we are planning to recruit on the team. Well, our answer is that we don’t really have an exact answer. The amount of initial members that we are looking for is 15-20 people, who will ideally be dedicated to beta testing and quality assurance. This number will be adjusted as necessary. Keep in mind that we look at applications in the order that we receive them.
So, what are you waiting for? Are you ready to become a member of this project? Details outlining the application can be found at:
The details regarding the application process itself are also outlined on that page. We are ready to have you join us. Good luck![/SIZE]