The team of Dark Pastime Modification proudly presents the first of our models to be released - 2-1B Medical Droid.
The Dark Pastime is a Single Player modification (or add-on) for the Jedi Academy video game. Being in development for several years, the project is now at its final stage.
The story takes place in 17 ABY, several years after the events with Tavion and her Sith cult. The Jedi Academy became a large organization of peace-keepers, loyal to the New Republic. Former Galactic Empire is weakened, but still has enough forces to fight both the Republic and the Jedi. However they tried to remain silent for some time until the accident in the system of Goura occured... But is it the Empire to blame for the deaths of dozens of soldiers? Or is it someone else trying to make everyone to believe this story?
Mon Mothma asked the Jedi for help - one more time - to find out what really happened with the Republic base on Goura and investigate any possible Imperial activity in that sector. So it happens that Kyle Katarn, an agent of the New Republic and now a Jedi Knight decides to chase the Imperial dreadnaught, that was believed to have been responsible for the attack.
The Imperial captain manages to leave his ship and flee to Ord Mantell, where then he is killed by a mysterious assassin. It seems somebody is trying to hatch a plot against the Jedi and the Republic itself. And Kyle Katarn is the only one who can find out the true identity of the evil enjoying torturing the Galaxy this time...
Making news is not an easy task, but here we go now. There is been so much about Star Wars in the past several months (both rumours and true facts), that one can actually get crazy. One of these was that the originally established stories wouldn’t be followed in Episode VII, including the JKO series. Hopefully, this was another rumour and nothing else. Nevertheless we continue our work and stay true to our principles and story. ;)
There are several things I would like to mention here, first being that we’ve finally found a new mapper for our project, which means we are moving forward. The new member of our team – Rage – is working on one of the Imperial worlds, and he has already shown very good results. I’ll post screenshots of his work in one of the next news.
Secondly, a lot of people have been asking about the Demo version and Beta testing. It is true, that we are working on the first several maps right now, and thus we are indeed planning to release our second demo, which will include a very much reworked first mission of Kyle Katarn in DP.
I said, we are working on the demo, but we also have an important decision regarding the mod as a whole. We’ve decided to release the project in episodes. Some people would argue on whether or not it is a good idea to split the story into several parts, but I see some benefits here, one
of which is that the project would enter a new stage of development. It will be possible to download those parts, which are complete, but in the end they will all fit together to be united into one big story.
Currently we are completing Part 1, which will include 3 missions and 2 planets. After that we’ll release the second part. After all parts are released a complete version will be available to download.
As for Beta testing – that’s yet to be decided. Though one person not from our team has already tried the mod, and well, I was glad to hear his opinion on the gameplay, characters and Star Wars iconic things to be seen in DP (particularly Dark Forces elements). We are really working hard on making DP correspondent with very different Star Wars traditions.
There is also something to show today. Maps is just one thing we are working on, but so are the models. The latest addition this time are the Bothans. Most of us will remember the well-known phrase of Mon Mothma in Episode VI, though until some time the appearance of them was unknown. Since the release of the ROTJ, the species could be seen in several books, comics and games, e.g. SW Battlefront II, SW Empire at War and the latest addition – SW The Old Republic (surprisingly).
Just as most of our characters, Bothans have quite a variety of skins, which differ by clothes, skin color, hair style and some other things. A lot of switchable surfaces help easily change the appearance of Bothan up to the image we want.
I also wanted to make a post about two more new models, including one new droid, but we’ll present them next time.
However for today I have a little more to show. Here is the minor concept-art of one of the enemies, Kyle would encounter in of the later missions. The Empire feels, that stormtroopers are a necessity, but understands, that with other growing powers, including the Jedi Order (and others, which it is up to you to meet them), there is need in new kind of army. This particular soldier is the result of work of the Imperial Dr.Lekett, who is known to have very anti-Republic feelings.
Devoted to his work and the Empire, Dr.Lekett is positive, that the Republic should be dealt with, and not through diplomatic or solely political methods. That’s one of the reasons he had disagreements with the current Moff Council and now he seeks Imperial allies elsewhere.
The Phefar Trooper is a special unit soldier, capable of wielding a melee weapon, as well as conventional arms. They use heavy armour, as well as an energy shield. Being the principal security force on Phefar, they are preparing for the battle with the Jedi. Still it is believed they are to be accompanied by other Imperial forces, like stormtroopers, Imperial officers, Imperial marksmen, technicians, as well as new Imperial droids and saboteurs.
With the release of CamSP making screenshots became so much fun, the game just changes a lot, and I tried to make some using this utility. I guess, if the author Therfiles has no objections, I will post them later. You can download it at JKHub.org.
Next time we plan to present two more models, which are complete, as well as some new locations. I also prepare the second download (not a demo), which is to be tested tomorrow. Stay tuned. ;)