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Follow the life of a colonist in Jastian Summer, a planetary research colony owned by SynTek. This mod is a never-before-seen perspective on the Alien Swarm universe: a first person story-based single player adventure.
In the last week, the Jastian Summer team has expanded from a programmer to a group of five! Here what we've done in the last week.
A good bit of our time has spent on writing. Slowly, the story of Jastian Summer is falling into place. However, not too much is set in stone right now, and we don't want to reveal that much anything - so this is about as much as we can tell you!
Our resident developer has been working hard as well. In this week, he's improved NPC marines' choice of weapons, prevented them from running out of ammo, and implemented a new combat method known internally as flashlight combat. In this mode, the player is surrounded by darkness and given a flashlight and one or more marines. The marines can protect the player, but only if they can see their enemies. Furthermore, we've given the clones (make of that what you will) a new model - though the textures for it are still a work in progress.
Some of our time has been spent on composing music. One track has been released, Green Summers, which will be the song played over the title screen. Currently, multiple compositions are being worked on, so stay tuned for more tunes!
As I said at the beginning, our team has increased from a single person to five - but there is still room for more! If you are a modeller, animator, texture artist, musician - anything! and are willing to work for free, then let us know in the comments and we will be in touch.
Since 2002 we have explored, played and enjoyed mods of all shapes and sizes just like Jastian Summer. We love games like Alien Swarm that have opened themselves up to modding. Because of communities like Workshop, Nexus, Curse, RTSL, GameBanana and Mod DB, more games support modding today than ever before.
Let's celebrate modding
As mods play a bigger role in the future of gaming, we believe it is important to recognize the effort the teams behind the work put in, giving us countless hours of enjoyment while asking nothing in return. We have the power to change our games and that needs to be celebrated to ensure it remains a big part of PC gaming's future.
It all started
In 2015, when the paid modding dispute left many gamers and modders worried about the direction the industry is headed. Things have since settled down, but we believe it is important to continue this small tradition to show we are not alone in our love for mods, and the open platforms that embrace them.
Mod Appreciation Week
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