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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32 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 53 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 6 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 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...

KamikaZze's "Companions" 1.9C

KamikaZze's "Companions" 1.9C

Dec 25, 2011 Full Version 26 comments

So that's the companions. This behavior scheme allows you to invite NPC as a companion and together explore the Zone. Idea of reconstructing this scheme...

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Nalike
Nalike Jul 1 2015, 3:05am says:

guys. 0693 eng version is not out yet so i play 0692. i have faced a problem waypoint from Army ware house to dark valley is not showing up. i remember it was near the southern wall. please guide me if am missing something a side quest or meeting some1 special to get it marked on my pda? Completed the game to get it but no luck.

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alexisrichard
alexisrichard Jul 1 2015, 12:23pm replied:

Try to reach it from the dark valley?

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Moxyz1
Moxyz1 Jun 20 2015, 3:02am says:

FATAL ERROR

[error]Expression : assertion failed
[error]Function :
[error]File :
[error]Line : 0
[error]Description : ogse_debug: check_monsters - monsters_update hang >> obj:escape_trader id: 419 code: 11 i get crash when walking near Sidorvich bunker above ground. He Starts to talk then when he finishes it crash

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alexisrichard
alexisrichard Jun 20 2015, 7:52am replied:

Check your mod compatibilities if you have other mods installed.
Also if you aren't playing with a retail version stuff like that is bound to happen.

Finally is it only on one specific save or does it do the same thing everytime? If it's only on one save then try using the sleeping bag. If you can wander for a bit around the zone then come back and try again (or go sleep at the 100Rad until there is a blowout), if you can't, your save file is ****** up and you might as well start a new game.

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Moxyz1
Moxyz1 Jun 20 2015, 8:38am replied:

thank you for youre help i will try the things you mentioned , great mod so far.

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Meowjar
Meowjar Jun 14 2015, 12:25pm says:

How to play OGSE 0693 Guide:
1. Download a OGSE 0693 REPACK (includes both the mod and the game)
Igrytorrent.ru

2. Download the translations ( you have links on my profile)

3. Open up the tranlation patch 2 and read the readme (it has a list of patches you need to install before applying the translation)

4. Apply both translations

5. Play.

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LostinZone
LostinZone Jun 16 2015, 3:48am replied:

That's disrespectful to post a machine translation here

really

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alexisrichard
alexisrichard Jun 16 2015, 1:37pm replied:

Well there may be some english speaker who have the RU version so a translation should be welcome but encouraging people to overlook the work that is being done to provide the mod to WW players IS direspectful.

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Amoch
Amoch Jun 19 2015, 7:21am replied:

I'm sure a lot of people are waiting patiently for the proper English version from the OGSE team. However, now is the summer and more spare time away from work. None of the biggest STALKER mods in development look like they will be released this summer (Wormwood, LA:DC, CoC, OGSE 0693, Oblivion Lost Remake English, SGM 3 etc.), and I can't blame some people getting impatient. We all understand a proper translation from the OGSE team will be much better than a machine translation, which doesn't take away anything from the proper English release of OGSE 0693. But with all respect the kind of passive aggressive attitude shown here could end up doing more damage IMO, by basically creating a bad atmosphere and turning the OGSE team off finishing their English version. I for one am highly anticipating the proper English OGSE version...

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Meowjar
Meowjar Jun 17 2015, 4:01pm replied:

I absolutely don't give a ****. I'm helping other stalkers to play the mod now. Ofc the dev version will be better but it's nowhere near release.
No disrespect here, only help for eng speaking stalkers to play the obt version...

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Gleb_AA-Gun
Gleb_AA-Gun Jul 1 2015, 2:10pm replied:

Let me ask you in a respectful way, is it Machine Translation, or a Machine Translation with some tries on manually making it work?

Or did you or whatever person made the translation made it by hand or with help from programs in itself?

Thanks since now.

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Moxyz1
Moxyz1 Jun 15 2015, 2:51pm replied:

in bittorent it says no seeders

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alexisrichard
alexisrichard Jun 14 2015, 3:40pm replied:

I don't think that's anyhow legal, even if you possess the original game..

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Meowjar
Meowjar Jun 14 2015, 6:48pm replied:

I don't care, I have the original game.

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