It's been pretty quiet here for a while. A little too long, in my opinion, so I'm posting here to let you all know that I am not dead. I have not fallen off the face of the earth, I swear.
Work on the mod continues, albeit slowly. You want proof, you say? Very well. If you feel inclined to pilfer the Shifter Savefile Project Folder you will notice a handy link for the Shifter v1.8 BETA #1. Unlike previous betas this is not a particularly feature-heavy release; most of the changes are bugfixes. However, the bugs addressed are pretty big ones all the same, including the so-called "Pistol Downgrade" trick and the key-assignment mixup that was happening with the new overwritable augmentation system. Assuming none of my bugfixes have created new problems of their own I'd actually recommend using this beta in favor of v1.7.2. If you do find bugs though please email or message me immediately, so that I can fix them.
So what goodies can you look forward to in the eventual, full release of v1.8? Most of my plans aren't completely solidified yet, but I can tell you that v1.8 will probably introduce a new Unique Weapon and a new ammo type for an existing set of weapons. And for you non-English speaking fans of Shifter (wait, then how are you reading this?) I'm also making up a full DeusEx.int file containing all the updated text for items and the like. Once that file is complete it will be possible for someone to translate it to another language. (I've already been contacted by a German fan who has stated that they are willing to translate and produce a German DeusEx.int, actually) Beyond those specifics I'm not going to give away anything else, other than to say that you can expect the same quality Shifter goodness that previous editions of the mod have contained.
Anywho, enjoy v1.8 BETA #1!
-- The Shifter Tieam
P.S. Who else is all fired up about Eidos Montreal announcing Deus Ex 3? So long as it stays moddable, count me in.