There's nothing quite like the rush of running, falling, jumping and crawling your way toward the release switch whilst under fire from rockets, railguns and lasers... then jabbing that switch and releasing all your team mates! Then finally watching as they all come running out of the open doors and beat the other team to death with Laser Cleavers! There's never a dull moment in JB, you're either fighting to stay alive, fighting to release your team mates, or fighting to escape from jail!

Post news Report content RSS feed Jailbreak: Source - More New Features!

Jailbreak: Source made the Top 100! We can't thank you all enough! So as a sort of thank you, we've made another media release, revealing a few more of the new features!

Posted by on

We made the Top 100! And we are insanely, dancing crazy about it! Thank you so much to everyone who voted for us, it means a hell of a lot, and we don't plan on disappointing you, the next version of Jailbreak is quite literally just around the corner...

Mod of the Year Awards

As a little bonus to all the lovely and awesome people who have voted for us thus far, I thought I'd do a small write up today showing off a few of the new features of Jailbreak that have evolved and been added since 0.4.

Weapon Swapping and Selection:
A complaint which came up again and again during 0.4 was that players who "knew the maps" could pick up the majority of good weapons within ten seconds of the round starting, leave newer players with the basic spawn weapons. To alleviate this, we've implemented a very basic weapon swapping system, forcing you to choose which weapon to carry from six different categories.


Now when you walk over a weapon, you simply press X to swap it! The categories are Melee, Pistols, SMGs, Rifles, Heavy Weapons and Explosives. Likewise, changing weapons is much faster, you either flick your mouse wheel up or down or press 1-6 to select a weapon slot. You'll also notice that each weapon type now has it's own crosshair!

Stealth:
We've created a whole new stealth shader for the next release, inspired by the "Predator" and much, much more effective than before. It's also terrifying when someone attacks you out of the shadows!


The shader itself has chameleon qualities, so the more you move, the more visible you become, but if you stay still for a few seconds in one place, then you gradually blend into the background!

Team Selection Menu:
We've also redesigned the team selection VGUI menu so you can rapidly select a team and get straight into the action. There's no complex loadout screens or menu screens, just click the Dino or the Robot and get shooting! All the VGUI menus in the game have the same theme too!


Updates to Plague:
One of the most unpopular maps from 0.4 was Plague. Looking at our stats, when it arrived in the map cycle, players often left the server and joined a different one. After talking to the players, it became apparent that people were frustrated by the layout. The original layout was essentially one very long corridor, with a single choke point. Once players were killed, they would escape, and have a very long walk back to their base, only to get killed again.


For 0.5, we have completely redesigned the map, it is now effectively a whole new map, the layout is now based around a figure of eight, with many routes between the bases, and a much shorter slog between the two, making it much more enjoyable and more tactical for teamworkers.

Evolution of a Map:
I thought it would also be interesting to show how one of our maps has evolved over the last few releases. Abalos was one of the first two maps in the very first release of Jailbreak over 18 months ago. Since then it has become almost unrecognisable, and for 0.5 has had a complete lighting overhaul.


Escape Balance and Updates:
One of the key complaints was the balance of the escape routes, and on certain maps players felt that one team had a much easier chance of escaping than the other. We've really worked hard to address this in the latest version, with many hours spent timing and testing escape routes, particularly the fan favourite, Resident Evil inspired, laser dodging escape!


We've also created whole new escape routes for some maps, and new escape routes based on fan feedback about what they enjoy when escaping for the new maps, such as this Indiana Jones inspired jumping puzzle through an ancient tomb!


Visual Updates:
We've also made other smaller visual updates to add to the sense of immersion and theme, for example in the images below you can see that we've added blue muzzle flashes to the Robot and Heavy weaponry, we've updated the HUD with new fonts, made the overview slightly smaller, created all new animations for the weapons, and added new ammo and HUD icons.


Many more Features:
There's many, many more new features we've implemented in Jailbreak: Source 0.5, and we simply can't go into full detail here without going on for several more pages. Either way, you'll all get to find out a week or two from now! We'll be announcing the release date very soon and getting in contact with all the server admins who have promised us servers upon release! We want to make sure you've got plenty of choice when it comes to breaking out!

Mod of the Year Awards

If you want more things Jailbreak, get on over to our website at www.jailbreaksource.com and be sure to add yourself to our Mod Watch if you haven't already!

Comments
darknessexzero
darknessexzero

first ahhhh come out now

Reply Good karma Bad karma+1 vote
Qu1f
Qu1f

Good things come to those who wait mate.

Awesome media guys, keep up the good work.

Reply Good karma Bad karma+1 vote
Jayjack40
Jayjack40

Duke Nukem Forever better be ******* awesome, then

Reply Good karma Bad karma+1 vote
Bernardrego
Bernardrego

Damn,I WANT THAT!

Reply Good karma Bad karma+2 votes
Bird_of_Prey
Bird_of_Prey

Congratulations on making it to the top 100. Well deserved. Can't wait to play with all the new stuff!

Reply Good karma Bad karma+1 vote
Spooboy
Spooboy

looking good!

Reply Good karma Bad karma+1 vote
CustomCharacter
CustomCharacter

You guys deserved the top 100 spot. I can't wait to play this.

I also noticed in the very first video for 0.5 that there was a new font.

Reply Good karma Bad karma+1 vote
SAHChandler
SAHChandler

You guys aren't going to packrat everything for the mappers this time around. Trying to get Jailbreak set up for hammer was such a pain, I didn't even feel like doing the work.

But I seriously CANNOT WAIT.

Reply Good karma Bad karma+1 vote
Wills Author
Wills

Nope we aren't dont worry, everything is outside of the BSPs for 0.5 :D

Reply Good karma+1 vote
Jayjack40
Jayjack40

:-)

Thank God!

Reply Good karma Bad karma+1 vote
feltorn
feltorn

I still don't get how the whole dinsours and robots thing fits in to this all...

Reply Good karma Bad karma-1 votes
Draken101
Draken101

That's the point. Nothing is supposed to 'fit'.

Reply Good karma Bad karma+1 vote
DuckSauce
DuckSauce

AWESOME news update!

Reply Good karma Bad karma+1 vote
Nitram
Nitram

Good work guys! Hope you get to the top five, and I think you can ;)

Reply Good karma Bad karma+1 vote
Nauz
Nauz

i like!

Reply Good karma Bad karma+1 vote
DaveLife
DaveLife

The only version I played was o.4 but I loved it, one of the best mods I've ever played. I'm glad that the new version is coming out because no one played o.4 Also is there anything going to be done about griefers blocking escape routes?

Reply Good karma Bad karma+1 vote
nipzor
nipzor

Escapes got wider, therefore you can team up with several jail inmates to katana that bitch down, or just wait for sombody to realease you, wich is less fun but alot quicker

nice media, almost forgot about these details :)
still dont like the health and sprint hud images though

Reply Good karma Bad karma+1 vote
William
William

You guys definitely deserve to be on the top 100. Congrats and can't wait to play this new version!

Reply Good karma Bad karma+1 vote
drhead
drhead

Voted for you before and now.

Lovely lovely mod. Recommended to everyone!

Reply Good karma Bad karma+1 vote
Post a comment
Sign in or join with:

Only registered members can share their thoughts. So come on! Join the community today (totally free - or sign in with your social account on the right) and join in the conversation.

Icon
Half-Life 2
Creator
Wills
Contact
Send Message
Release date
Mod watch
Start tracking
News
Browse
News
New
Post news
Share
Related Mods
Related Games
Half-Life 2
Half-Life 2 First Person Shooter