Hyp is a top-down shooter that focuses on intricate game design while offering a unique way to be immersed in the shooting culture.
We've been making some big changes to Hypovolemia!
Posted by defragen1 on Aug 6th, 2012
Hello everyone! Thanks for supporting Hyp; we're glad the community has been steadily growing.
I suppose every mod team must make this post at least once; apologizing for a delayed update. We've been working very hard and we'd like to take some time to let you guys know what we've been up to, and reveal some of the reasons for the delays.
We originally had planned on releasing a small bugfix update (version 0.1.1), but we've had some major stumbling blocks in our way. First was an almost two week long SVN outage, which halted progress completely. We also had several issues with the way the SDK code is structured. A small feature that we wanted to implement (being able to control grenade particle effects from the weaponscript files) quickly escalated into an entirely new inventory system. Similar things have happened with other features; small improvements were impossible without large changes. We've already made huge improvements over 0.1, and we have decided that our next update will be a full update, released as version 0.2.
Here is a complete list of changes we have already finished, taken from our SVN logs.
A new auto-updating installer/downloader automatically patches files, which makes updating the mod a breeze for both the user and us!
Pecheneg PKP - General-purpose machine gun
Weight : 8.7 kg
Rate of fire: 650 RPM
Default capacity: 100rd 7.62x54mmR belt
M240L - General-purpose machine gun
Weight : 10.1 kg
Rate of fire: 850 RPM
Default capacity: 100rd 7.62x51mm belt
AR15 - Civilian version of the M16
Fire modes: Semi auto only.
Weight: 2.27 kg
GM-94 - Pump-action grenade launcher
Weight: 4.8 kg
43x30mm grenades have only a 3 meter arming distance.
Small but lethal explosive thermobaric radius.
M1014 - Semi-automatic shotgun
Weight: 3.82 kg
Watch Hyp video of the M1014
"hitlocation_leg_slowdown_time" from 400ms to 620ms
"hitlocation_leg_slowdown_precent" .15 to .4
We've still got some work to do before our next release, but our goals are clearly defined.
The new inventory system I mentioned earlier will add a large number of features to Hyp. With it, each marine will keep track of the weapons, magazines, and the cartridges he is carrying. Each cartridge and magazine will have weight, allowing the marine's weight to be fully accurate and you will have to manage how many magazines you will carry. As you fire your weapon, your weight will decrease slightly. Having this complex of a system allows each weapon to be able to use several different magazines, eg: HK416 will be able able to use different sized magazines, such as 30rd / 60rd / 100rd / 200rd. You will be able to have different types of cartridges in each magazine, such as explosive bullets, hollow points, etc. This system will not be 100% finalized for version 0.2, but the base framework for a new inventory system will be fully laid out. In 0.2, the inventory will be designed as to not need manual management with a GUI. Later on, these will be added in later versions with some new twists. We've created an early concept of what the inventory might look like, as seen here.
We're also working hard on fixing an unforeseen issue with players not being able to spawn on smaller maps. Due to our somewhat overzealous spawn radius protection, players were unable to spawn when more than a few players (~8) were in the server, since at least one player was within the radius defined by each spawn area. In 0.2, players will have the ability to force spawn even if there are no safe spots available. The spawn manager will then spawn them in the safest available spot.
A big bug fix I'd also like to mention is the config.cfg fix released by Jonathan Sutton at Valve. This fix was released on 7/6/12 to the Alien Swarm community. This fix allows mods to store their config.cfg files in the Steam Cloud separately from Alien Swarm, which fixes a commonly reported issue with our mod about key bindings being overwritten.
Another feature we're planning to implement is an easier to read hud for weapons that use the cocking mechanic. This will become more important in the future, when cocking is added to all rifles. Every time the small numbers next to the cartridges appear (green +1 or red +1) they will start large and quickly shrink to their smaller original size. This will allow the player to quickly and easily see the active weapon's current state without having to refocus their eyes on the hud frequently.
We would also like to share the fact that since it was time to renew our website domain, we have decided this was the perfect time to switch domain providers away from GoDaddy due to their support of SOPA, as we oppose anything that threatens internet freedom.
With that out of the way, we'd also like to put out a request for any programmers or modelers/animators that feel they've got what it takes to be on the Hyp mod team.
It is required that you have strong C++ experience and are easy to contact. It is recommended that you have experience with the Source SDK.
We are looking for all capable skill levels. You must be able to model at least one of the following:
* Level props
* Usable items ( med-kits, canisters, ladders, night vision goggles, gas masks, blow torch, sandbags etc. )
- MUST have prior experience animating character models for source engine.
- Experience with handling firearms in real life is a plus.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can get a faster response by adding me to steam friends: pavle_bodi
As always, if you have any questions or would like to suggest a new feature you would like to see, drop by our forums, at Hypovolemia-mod.net