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Posted by CrommCruac on Sep 9th, 2013
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A lot has happened since last year, so let's see a quick summary of what we did, and what we are doing nowdays, with better words "where we are heading to?" :)

Mess in June 2012


In late May 2012 Dez went to Holland to work and unexpectedly didn’t have access to the internet for more than a month.
At the same time, the lead programmer was doing exams at university and was also away for more than a month.
In the absence of the level designer, project lead, and the lead programmer, some members thought the project was abandoned or frozen and posted their opinions on some forums. This sparked a huge amount of speculation and rumours about the fate of the project.
As soon as Dez moved to Rotterdam and had internet access, he realized what a mess the situation was in and something needed to be done.
The project wasn’t dead at all. Developers were quietly doing their job without much communication with the community besides the usual
monthly calendars + 5 screens. There was a good reason for it. The project was undergoing a huge change. Many engine and script bugs needed fixing and some of them were really tricky. The situation was stabilized in late July and everyone calmed down. The release was still planned for Q3 2012.



The September Delay


There was big talk on GSC’s facebook page about Lost Alpha in the summer of 2012. Dez started to talk with GSC again, mainly with one of their sales representative. Previously, GSC weren’t really interested in LA due to the lack of time and the issues surrounding the company which happened in December 2011.
GSC agreed to check LA again at the end of September, just when Dezowave planned to release it.
“To tell you the truth, it was something of a life-saver because LA still had several engine bugs which caused crashes.”
After Dezowave presented a build to GSC, they (GSC) were silent for a few days, maybe a week, then they gave some feedback. They said that if GSC would release Lost Alpha as a commercial product, then Dezowave would need to fix many things. Dez decided to post news on moddb page, but it was hard to explain the situation because nothing was certain. Everything depended on the quality of the project but this was information which they were not at liberty to post at that time.
Work was going fine but slow. The developers fixed many bugs and upgraded the engine to better suit modern computers.



December was an interesting month


Lost Alpha won MOTY 2012 “Mod in development, players’ choice.”
Moddb.com

In honor of this achievement, Dezowave prepared a small competition in which the winner could decide what level he would like to see in a short 1-1.5min video. They chose to see Pripyat underground level:


Dez: "Pripyat Underground was never finished. It was just a plan on paper for "Anarchy Cell", which was later remade and released as "Clear Sky". Only some draft objects remained in the GSC repository and we extended, fixed, retextured, and added interior decor to them (pipes, junk, water, lights, other props, and of course a-life and story). It took us almost a year to achieve what we have now. You cannot compare our version to any other because it doesn’t exist. GSC also remade it for "Call of Pripyat" but it looks completely different.


Happy New Year Video



The happy new year video was also in the works, but the main designer was on holiday and later had much work to do, so Dez decided to make the trailer.




Q1 2013, Lost Alpha – a paid addon?


In the spring of 2013, GSC’s sales representative said that LA can be officially published as a new S.T.A.L.K.E.R. addon if the quality was good enough.
Dez: “This pretty much explains everything. Now people have a bit more insight into why we delayed the game. A quality release is very important."
There was also info from Dezowave that LA will be a standalone game and SoC will not be needed for installation.


May 2013


Dezowave Team showed a taste of the updated render to the public :





The big garden work from spring to mid- summer, 2013: vegetation replacement


Dezowave decided to replace/enhance many tree\bush\grass models, since they used some models from 2002-2003 which have bad UV and model quality, and too low poly.

Here are few examples of the old low quality trees:

Too square:

Incorrect UV:

Incorrect UV and too square:

Dez wrote:It’s 2013, not 2000. The old trees still look better than vanilla tree models in shape. They look more realistic. We kept the best ones from the old 'arsenal' when we made the new models, just fixed their texturing and made them less square, and now we think they look much better

All the screenshots with new trees were captured on low quality compiled levels, that’s why some surfaces are completely black and shadows are too contrasted.


New sorts of trees were added, including birch:

You can also see an old, but remade tree model named "tree_green6" on the left and also in the middle.

Here is a short presentation video about the redesigned vegetation in Lost Alpha project



SkyLoader explained that tree replacement takes a long time since you need to replace many trees on many levels, check how they are placed,
then test compile and re-check and then make HQ compile. He also said that a few hard-to-fix bugs were fixed in the last few months.

You can read his blog where he hi-lights some of the main bugs here: Moddb.com

Development continues on many fronts and replacing trees does not slow down the process. Programmers are still coding and fixing bugs, while level designers are still working on the levels and game designers working on the gameplay.

Lost Alpha's lead programmer has finished the university semester and will be free until the end of August, so development of the new render should go faster.


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Jonex_
Jonex_ Sep 9 2013, 8:36am says:

Keep it up guys. A high quality release is what everyone wants, so take your time!

+13 votes     reply to comment
david.m.e
david.m.e Sep 9 2013, 10:33am replied:

The release date isn't really important, As long as it's coming there's something to look forward to.

+8 votes     reply to comment
Hakumen
Hakumen Sep 9 2013, 12:53pm says:

Oh as I understood it this would be released as a downloadable free add-on or something like that, so that is not the case but this will actually be published and all? Will we even see a physical copy if that is the case?

+3 votes     reply to comment
Rus[T]
Rus[T] Sep 9 2013, 1:26pm says:

Articles have been re-uploaded?

+4 votes     reply to comment
Guest
Guest Sep 10 2013, 5:04am replied:

nope, just sorted out, check the main site, now you dont need to scroll down for ages

+3 votes     reply to comment
slipkid69
slipkid69 Sep 9 2013, 3:30pm says:

LA + Pounds equals?

+2 votes     reply to comment
slipkid69
slipkid69 Sep 9 2013, 3:34pm says:

There are already some really amazing mods out in the stalker community; so what will make your standalone release better quality and unique and a new refreshing innovative experience, worth parting with hard earned cash?

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david.m.e
david.m.e Sep 9 2013, 5:14pm replied:

That'll be best answered by reading the older articles about all the work thats been done and is still being done, they've made major changes including an overhaul allowing multi-core use by the engine, Also remember it's gonna be GSC who decide whether it is good enough to sell, not the modders who made it.

+6 votes     reply to comment
slipkid69
slipkid69 Sep 9 2013, 5:16pm replied:

Ok thanks point me in the right direction and I'll check out all the info.
:)

+4 votes     reply to comment
david.m.e
david.m.e Sep 9 2013, 5:55pm replied:

Look under news at the top of the page.

+5 votes     reply to comment
slipkid69
slipkid69 Sep 9 2013, 7:36pm replied:

Thank you.

+3 votes     reply to comment
kenny355a
kenny355a Oct 30 2013, 5:01pm says:

I'd hate to be that guy but are you guys looking at a date yet? At least a year??

+2 votes     reply to comment
Patsuriku
Patsuriku Nov 5 2013, 12:47am says:

This is looking awesome. Hope that you guys get the "Thumbs Up" from GSC. I will for sure buy it.

+3 votes     reply to comment
HunterKiller1
HunterKiller1 Dec 15 2013, 3:52am says:

Can't wait. Got close to 1k hours in the other three, total so, let's hope this it the boss of them all.

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Noe
Noe Dec 21 2013, 3:32pm says:

How far are we in cash from releasing the game? I think it's time for some serious donations, but I'm not convinced to do it unless I see how it works - let's say we're 0,5M $ from our goal. Let's donate and see the counter go. Please, take kindly our money and please release :)

I don't want any gifts or credits, I want the project to receive the glory it deserves before it's too late. And it WILL be too late in 2016. Of course I'll buy it, but it will be like playing Doom now. (I play Brutal Doom from time to time.)

The amount make you laugh? So be it, name the price, and we'll try our best. But now - L.A. is a kind of Wish Granter...

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gadjo
gadjo Apr 4 2014, 3:48am says:

I'd gladly pay a bit of money for a quality release. Maybe a donation system if this does not end up as commercial stuff?

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