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Posted by jketiynu on May 27th, 2013

So although I hadn't said anything to you guys, for about a week now I've been looking into creating my own project outside of the X-Ray engine limitations and scrapping this project.

First I tried Unity, which is very user-friendly but can also be a bit fussy and I couldn't modify a few things I wanted to modify. So...I tried the CryEngine 3 SDK, which is great, but they don't allow for any modification of their shaders which is ridiculous and a deal-breaker so that's out. Then I tried Unreal 3 which is not as user-friendly, and then I tried Ogre3D which allows just about anything but lacks the basic framework I'm looking for. So now I'm back (probably) :)

tl;dr: Tried different engines, still a slave to X-Ray, mod still happening.

Anyways, here's some real news:

1) I tested out a Misery 2 beta a bit and was invited to help out a little before it gets released, so I agreed. It's not any big thing, just means I'm going to try and help out if I can and maybe propose some alternate ideas for a few things. Although Misery has never been my cup of tea there's no denying it's a well made and interesting mod. People looking forward to Misery 2 should be quite happy when it's released :)

2) I'm no longer going to go by my earlier "end of summer" deadline for 1.4. It's simply not enough time. I'm working alone, I'm about to start a summer job, and other things prevent that from being possible. In fact if I continue working on this I'd rather go straight to 2.0 and do a few things I'll discuss below.

3) r_populik will be releasing a weapon mod soon which is really awesome. Go check out his ModDb page. I'll be including some of what he's done in Swartz mod as we're already using some of the same models but he's using better animations. He also has replacements for weapons I couldn't find any decent replacements for (Fort-12, Protecta). I already have his permission so some of it will be included :D

4) Bangalore is working on a really awesome mod pack that looks like it's nearing completion. The mod I was working on before I decided to do 1.4 was a small group project and we were going to be using Bangalore's pack as a base for changes. Now that it's getting close I'm interested in possibly going with his maps and forgetting about the vanilla ones. It means I'd lose some progress I've made with quests and some misc. content however at this point I think we're all tired of the limited maps of Call of Pripyat. It's time for something different, so if that get's released this summer I'd like to get permission to use THAT as a base for Swartz 2.0.

5) I desperately want to edit shaders for Call of Pripyat, but I'm not that good at it, the only major editing can be done is on DX9 (due to pre-compiled shaders for DX10 and 11), and it seems there aren't any shader authors working on X-Ray 1.5 or 1.6; everyone who does shader stuff sticks to Shadow of Chernobyl.
If you're the least bit good with shaders and you're reading this I am BEGGING you to contact me. There are a few things I know are perfectly possible to add that I would like done (and I have example shaders with this stuff done already, I just don't know how to write it in a way Stalker understands), and two things I think might be possible and would be a major graphics breakthrough if it is possible IMHO.

6) I'm making good use of X-Ray Extensions and Cut X-Ray Project. Thanks to Setakat I know that the stability issues from X-Ray Extensions has to do with one problematic file, and removing it solves everything (and it's not really needed anyways).
I haven't compiled the new render dll's yet as last time I did they broke the sun intensity in Atmosfear 3, but I'm pretty sure I know how to fix that now.
I'm pretty sure I've covered this topic before, but in-case I haven't here are the features:

  • Persistent ragdolls for NPC's and monsters.
  • Fix of the error message about "Cannot find weapon in MP ranks" as well as no longer needing to add weapons to that file.
  • Fixed 3rd person camera so you aim exactly where the crosshair is (before you just shot progressively further in the air...not sure why)
  • Actor hit callback script that allows detection of what specific bone the actor has been hit in (I've already been making good use of this)
  • FOV console command, eliminating the need for any FOV switchers
  • Key-press and mouse-press detection. It's not possible to add these keys as bind-able in the options menu, but I can use it to for instance use !Sin's quick-grenade script (I tried implementing this in 1.3 and there were problems, but it looks like it's fixed now).
  • "get_target_obj" and "get_target_dist" functions. I was thinking of maybe using these to create a laser-aim attachment for some weapons.
  • If I get the render dll's working properly it also has a console command for adjusting the grass draw distance, eliminating the need to work with the patcher people use for this.

7) I was going to be getting help doing some skins from Eprodox but he's decided not to I guess since I haven't heard from him. Because of this I'm also now looking for a texture artist/weapon skinner. Please send me a message if you're interested in doing this.

8) Now that I'm starting to get the hang of model editing I'd like to try and improve the details of NPC models. No promises though, I am still a newb to model editing.

And that's all for now. I'm going to be a bit busy now so I probably won't post any more updates for a few weeks.

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N.Aaroe
N.Aaroe May 28 2013, 3:42pm says:

These look like words from a talented and motivated modder.
Respect and thanks for the news feed

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jketiynu
jketiynu May 28 2013, 4:14pm replied: Online

Why thank you good sir.

Same goes for you and the whole Misery team. You guys are all quite talented.

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[TZP]LoNer1
[TZP]LoNer1 May 28 2013, 5:25pm says:

Damn nice progress jketiynu! Really nice. I've been working on the particles a bit, by the way. Hope to show you some footage soon!

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jketiynu
jketiynu May 28 2013, 5:32pm replied: Online

Sounds good, thanks :)

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wikkid1
wikkid1 May 31 2013, 12:07pm says:

Good stuff! Although to be honest I'm beginning to get weary of all the delays every mod team keeps throwing up. I mean, I understand that it's people working in their free time and etc etc etc, but also with every week the chances of anything getting released get smaller and smaller. We've seen it many times already, and even this news mentions that you basically quit working on the mod, almost permanently. Don't get this wrong, just venting.

Just in case you haven't bumped into this yet: There's a great piece of 'ware out there that I think you may incorporate into your mod to assist with gfx, it's called SweetFX. It's pretty easy to get to work with STALKER and it easiely tweaked, maybe this is what you're looking for. I've used it in a number of dx9 games from Torchlight to Euro Truck Simulator to STALKER, it offered a nicer(then either vanilla or modded with yours, complete or smrtr) picture in all games, with some minor tweaks.

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jketiynu
jketiynu May 31 2013, 2:43pm replied: Online

People can use SweetFX if they want, but I won't be bundling it. I'm aware of it and use it myself, but only for the SMAA.

As for the delay, sorry to irritate you, I know it sucks when mods delay.

The thing is that I am VERY busy, especially now that I'm helping out the Misery team too, some of the content I was making for my own mod I'm letting them use so it wouldn't be that unique if I released the mod in it's current form, and I want to use Bangalore's map pack as a base (which means it's going to take a long time. That's a lot of maps which means lots of new quests and content to make).

Basically, I am not going to give anymore time limits. It was foolish for me to do in the first place and now everything has changed.
It will be done when I'm happy with it.

As for me moving on, I had been frustrated with this engine because I have some stuff I want to do that this game engine is simply not capable of.
However my best chance was OGRE3D, and the current version has so many stability issues and errors that it isn't worth using yet.
If I do work on my own engine I'll also be doing this mod too. It will stretch me thin but I will do it.

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jketiynu
jketiynu May 31 2013, 2:49pm replied: Online

I think the time limit is up for me editing my post, so let me reply to it:

It just occurred to me that Bangalore is releasing his pack without any story at all. I kinda like that, maybe I'll just do Swartz 2.0 using his maps, unique weapons and features, and some quests, and just expand on quests via new versions or patches or something so that it gets released a lot sooner.

Trust me it will be worth however long the wait will be. I'm cooking up some pretty unique stuff.

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jketiynu
jketiynu Jun 5 2013, 11:13am says: Online

Deleted a few irrelevant replies since I quit the Misery team (nothing against any of them, just don't feel like working on it any further and I'm pretty busy).

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