First idea which brought our mod to life was to recreate the game conception that we had waited for instead of the one we've got, as the original game release turned out to be crippled in content and gameplay features. So we, along with many other STALKER fans, were eager to make it closer to our expectations. OGSE mod was founded in 2008 as a small add-on to the well known OGSM mod, created by a small group of STALKER enthusiasts, and within the following years it has grown into a huge global mod, with lots of exclusive features and advanced gameplay, having totally surpassed its ancestor. Nowadays the OGSE mod has no shared code with the OGSM, and it's team consists of 17 developers and 15 beta-testers.

Our goals are:

1. Rich gameplay with high replayability.

2. Perfect stability

3. Perfect image quality with no loss in game performance.

These are very high goals to be combined in one mod, so our development process takes pretty much time, lots of it being spent on bugfixes and code optimization. Our mod doesn't contain that huge amount of features as e.g. the "Solyanka", but it is well balanced, highly technologically advanced, remarkably stable and free of logical and storyline contradictions. We also offer a good online support for our players.

Some time we found out that our mod was popular even with foreign community - players were spending a lot of time installing OGSE 0692 on World-wide version of the game, and that is quite a non-trivial task, by the way. Even a rough translation was made by some enthusiasts. So it was decided to help the community and an official translation project was initiated. The translation is currently completed, and we are released the official English version of OGSE 0692.

Version 0693 will be released in both Russian and English concurrently, but English release can take some time to appear after the Russian one - the amounts of text in mod are huge and it's take a significant amounts of time to translate it all properly.

We also must inform our players what we are canceled our OGSE 07 development on Clear Sky game engine, due to the fact what all goals we set on 07 are already integrated in currently developed 0693 version. Most likely OGSE 0693 will be the last release of OGSE, but not the last project of OGSE Team, of course. More details are to follow in articles later.

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28 comments by KamikaZzeRu on Feb 18th, 2015

Hello, dear fans of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R game and OGSE mod!

As you already know, we are now in the open beta testing of 0693 version. Today I want to tell you the news about the OBT and the mod's further development.

First of all, as it turned out, the release of OBT version was a very good idea, indeed. Since at the last stage of the beta development our QA was carried out by only two persons, after beginning of OBT russian speaking players immediately identified a large number of issues relating to the mod, as well as remaining problems of the original game. Thanks to those beta testers and our advanced debugging tools, we collected adequate statistics and debugging info on all of these issues and managed to locate and repair most of them. The debugging continues today, beta testers getting full technical support and daily updates, and I hope when we release a full version, it will be the most stable mod for S.T.A.L.K.E.R among of all existing game modifications, including the original game itself. Here is a short list of problems (only ones from the original game), which we managed to fix thanks to the open beta test:

1. Fixed most of the CTDs of type "error in stalker with visual" - the cause of these crashes, as it turned out, was in the game engine. At some point in the development of the game GSC developers had completely changed the principle of characters animation, dividing animations for the legs and torso apart. However, some number of routines in the engine wasn't changed according to this, and in some situations these routines were called and tried to assign to the NPC no longer existing animation cycles with the names by the old patterns.

2. Fixed all of the CTDs of type "e_parent && e_entity" - their cause was also in the original game's engine, they arose from the fact that several object deletions routines was not checking the existence of the object at all, which led to crash as a result of erroneous deletion tries of already non-existent objects.

3. Fixed all of the CTDs of type "Invalid graph point neighborhood" - the reason was in the engine, too. Due to a bug in the pathfinding routine the engine periodically searches for ways and can not find a route, which leads to CTD, while all it had to do is invalidate the path and restart the search process. This in fact looks like the engine's developers just forgot to remove from release some purely debugging features that are not required anymore.

4. Fixed one of the oldest problems of the original game - CTDs during removing of cartridge packs from corpses. As it turned out, when NPC is dying, the game engine for some reason is cleaning out all their cartridges for the main weapon from the inventory. Exactly the same thing at the same time is being done by the postmortem script loot manager. That causes the problem when the same clip is sending to removal procedure twice - first by the game engine, and then by the loot manager, resulting in ambiguous situations that caused CTDs.

5. Fixed the old CTDs of type "error handler is invoked! 804", which stretches through many different game modifications, occurring in the mods including AI scheme for throwing grenades during the battle. If the player presses F key to take some object they get this CTD. The reason was simple - AI scheme used a special sighting grenades invisible for player to determine the fact of successful throw. These grenades just haven't one critical parameter - necessary object name.

6. Fixed the problems with the change of actor's visual after dressing outfits. The problem was purely in the engine; the code for changing visuals was incomplete and contained many dirty hacks, which led to many problems.

7. Fixed a problems with invisibility of attachable objects in cases where the NPC is already activated one of them. The most famous example - a Wolf's radio, which is not visible when the conversation was happening at night - due to the fact that he has active flashlight. Again purely engine's problem - as it turned out, the code of activation of attachable objects in the engine is as well incomplete and contains dirty hack, which resulted in fact that the NPC could have only one attachable object active.

8. Fixed a big number of problems of the original game related to the scripting part of the game: assigning roles for works in the camps, patrol AI scheme, campfire AI scheme and many others.

In addition to these problems, there was a lot of our own issues, the correction of which are underway. But in general, we are very pleased with the reviews of beta testers. According to them, we managed to do that nobody has been able for a long time - to do a S.T.A.L.K.E.R SHoC interesting and playable again. As they are saying, the main factors is primarily an advanced artificial intelligence and new locations with lots of quests and additions to the main plot, and also new graphical features. New autonomous combat AI have something to surprise even the most experienced players, AI behavior schemes are polished to become much more real and work more accurate, and locations and quests deserved the praise for atmospheric and organic inclusion in the game world. We do not use a template approach or restore the old style of the plot - the most striking locations, such as Darkscape and Dead City have been implemented completely differently from planned in early game builds or in any other modifications. Graphical improvements, on top of everything else, make old SHoC look much better than Clear Sky or Call of Pripyat.

Now some words about the further development:

The biggest news - we found a talented developers to work on a weapons part of the mod. At the same time, it seems we will be able to fully utilize our special weapon add-ons framework, long ago realized, but not used due to the lack of weapons models.

SVD multi-addon model in SDK. Bones for interchangeable scopes clearly visible, with two scopes already attached to the bones.

This framework implements interchangeable weapons addons, that would mean that in our mod you can now put on a weapon with a few sights of different types, and different underbarrel devices - not only grenade launchers but also the masterkey-like shotguns.

AK-74 with masterkey attached
Same AK with recoil dampener

The same thing can now be flexibly implemented for weapons magazines to make upgrades for them and many other add-ons. The new team of the weapons developers had already adopted a common hands standard and began work on main weapons.

AK-74 view in SDK with all addons visible at once

First of all, we doing the weapons of the Warsaw Pact, and with them we release a full modification. After that we will make an additional package with weapons of NATO countries. The English version, as we plan, will include both weapon lines out of the box. In addition, we found a talented developer of NPC visuals. Now he has corrected most of the problems of vanilla game's visuals, such as for example the twisting wrists of newbie stalkers, and now working on two serious reduxes - complete redesign of the military personnel and exoskeleton wearers.

Working on exo in Editor
Armored west 6B13M for military

Both should eventually become a lot more believable and detailed - it has long lacked, since almost no modification for them is ever done. We, the developers of engine and scripted part, are now actively working out existing problems and shortcomings, and planning additions that we can add and debug before release.

In general, the development is very active now, testing is also actively moving and at this moment 0693 are tested by at least a thousand people, and with this wonderful potential we have every opportunity to make our mod the best of all time in the history of S.T.A.L.K.E.R SHoC modifications. Only thing we need for this now is to have enough free time.

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OGSE 0.6.9.3 Russian Open Beta test version

OGSE 0.6.9.3 Russian Open Beta test version

Jan 15, 2015 Full Version 45 comments

Jan/14/2014 we have released first public version of OGSE 0.6.9.3. This version is in russian, and primarily intended for players, who can read Russian...

OGSE original soundtrack

OGSE original soundtrack

Jun 16, 2014 Music 7 comments

While you waiting for release of 0.6.9.3, I've prepared a small present to you. This is the digital single release of OGSE title music themes - gloomy...

COP-inspired inventory for OGSE 0.6.9.2 All-in-one

COP-inspired inventory for OGSE 0.6.9.2 All-in-one

Jul 22, 2012 Full Version 5 comments

This is the all-in-one download of my COP-inspired inventory for Old Good Stalker Evolution 0.6.9.2 (English version). It includes folders for non-widescreen...

COP-inspired inventory for OGSE 0.6.9.2 English

COP-inspired inventory for OGSE 0.6.9.2 English

Jul 10, 2012 Full Version 25 comments

This is the non-widescreen version of my COP-inspired inventory for Old Good Stalker Evolution 0.6.9.2 (English version). Updated version, changed options...

OGSE 0.6.9.2 R2 official english version (fixed)

OGSE 0.6.9.2 R2 official english version (fixed)

Feb 16, 2012 Full Version 156 comments

This is full OGSE 0.6.9.2 R2 official english release - fixed installation package. Sorry for inconvenience with previous package.

OGSE 0.6.9.2 R2 translation SDK

OGSE 0.6.9.2 R2 translation SDK

Feb 15, 2012 Other 3 comments

This package contains all needed files to make a translation for OGSE mod. All texts is in English. If you want to make a German or French version, you...

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xtul
xtul 10hours 30mins ago says:

hi, i've downloaded 0.6.9.2 version from this website, and my game crashes when i take data drive from strelok's hideout in agroprom underground. anyone knows solution?
log: Pastebin.com

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Meowjar
Meowjar Mar 28 2015, 8:56pm says:

Any news on the English version?

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PrefectGusarov
PrefectGusarov Mar 22 2015, 9:28am says:

So Beta only works on Russian version of stalker?

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alexisrichard
alexisrichard Mar 22 2015, 12:33pm replied:

Yes. *sobs*

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zaka_akka
zaka_akka Mar 14 2015, 12:42pm says:

I just started playing this mod and i noticed that with the resolution 1366x768 the text appears big, any ideas why? thanks in advance

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alexisrichard
alexisrichard Mar 15 2015, 9:53am replied:

1)Which version of the mod are you using?
2)How high did you set the textures?
3)Does this worsens when you set a lower resolution?

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zaka_akka
zaka_akka Mar 16 2015, 5:02am replied:

1: OGSE 0.6.9.2 R2 official english version (fixed).
2:on high
3:no when lower resolution the text appears normal but of course the quality drops.
thanks for youre response.

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alexisrichard
alexisrichard Mar 16 2015, 8:24am replied:

Do you mean the text goes back to normal on lower resolution?

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zaka_akka
zaka_akka Mar 16 2015, 10:15am replied:

yep on 1024:768 its normal and also other resolution which i tried. its very strange because i played alot of stalker mods and never had this problem. but thanks for helping bro!

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alexisrichard
alexisrichard Mar 16 2015, 11:29am replied:

Actually i'm more troubleshooting than 'helping'.
Anyway, i'd guess this has something to do with the fonts proportions, but hell if i know what to do. Since 6.9.2 has no longer support from the team all you can do is set a different resolution and wait for 6.9.3.. I'd be you i'd play with the settings for a while but if other resolution all show normal texts then idk. Is 1366x768 your max resolution?

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zaka_akka
zaka_akka Mar 16 2015, 12:25pm replied:

yes bro. nah you were thinking with me. so its like helping. thanks anyway

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