Modular Combat has come a long way in the last two years.
We fought our way past initial criticism because we, as developers, believed in the validity of the game play. Winston and I knew that we had something special here; something that nobody else was doing. Under the Mod Fidelity name, we did something that HL2 developer had ever done: be a part of their own community. We listened to you and made the changes you wanted to see.
Modular Combat 2.0.1 is no different. You told us that the game was too buggy and unbalanced. We listened. Presenting...
Modular Combat 2.0.1: Less bugs, more baddies.
The biggest thing about Modular Combat 2.0.1 is the ability to create new monster types. We’ve included a few of these new monsters as examples. The Charger, for example, is a hunter that never uses the hunter darts. We will be providing a tutorial on how to create your own monsters very, very soon (along with some other important tutorials).
The main focus on 2.0.1 was to take the game we have now and make it better. We also wanted to take some of the key minor features of v1.77 and incorporate it into the game.
Here is a full changelist:
- Refunded all module points to all characters due to underlying database changes
- Server owners can now create new monster types (including custom skins & models)
- Added collection to game play statistics to aid with future game balancing
- Accounts can now hold a maxiumum of 12 suits
Look and feel
- Redesigned module menu UI to include categories
- Added game statistics to the character UI menu
- Combines now have more suits to choose from
- Added affliction material system which allows for a wider variety of visual effects
- Updated modular cVars to a standardized naming system
- Added various new cVars
- New BoSS voice & sound effects
Modules & balance
- Removed all passive resistance modules
- Impact: reduced overall effectiveness by 50%
- Armor Regen: will now always regenerate to maximum armor
- Hunters: now awards greater experience
- Hula dolls have been replaced with a red battery that awards more auxiliary power
- Monsters will no longer attempt to attack spectators
- Scoreboard timer no longer counts into negative time at the end of a game
- Voting for a non-existent map will no longer result in a random map change
- Players now recieve 50% of awarded shared experience for damage after death
- Fixed a bug that causes players to be launched into the air when squishing a headcrab that is about to pounce
- Made various improvements to teleport blockers
Before you go ahead and download Modular Combat, please read the next part of this post and let us know what you think.
Mod Fidelity... and Art of Ascension?
If you’ve taken a look at our developer profile here on Mod DB, you will have noticed that Mod Fidelity is now partnered with Art of Ascension, another Action RPG mod that is being developed for Half-Life 2.
If you’re familiar with AoA, then you already know that it is Modular Combat’s direct competition. In fact, if you’re familiar with mods for Quake 2, you will know that MC and AoA already have a long history is being in competition with each other (previously as Project Vortex & King of the Server).
So why partner with Art of Ascension? Don’t you want people to play Modular Combat?
Just over 6 months ago I approached bloodykenny, the developer of AoA, proposing that we partner up. Why? Because I want to give Art of Ascension more exposure. I think that what bloodykenny does with the game is incredible and if you haven’t given it a shot, you should definitely try it out.
I’ve chosen to partner up with Art of Ascension because I believe in community more than anything else. I believe that we as developers need to support each other because there are many, many amazing mods out there that are under-exposed.
With this, I am issuing a challenge to all the high-profile developers here on Mod DB:
Find a mod in your genre (read: your competition), or a mod that you absolutely love that is extremely under-exposed and show them some love through your own profile with a well-written news post.
As for myself, I will be doing some promotional work for Art of Ascension over the next few months because I believe in the mod and its game play. That being said...
We’ll see you on the servers!