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I saddens me to announce that TF has ceased development.

Posted by D3ads on Feb 7th, 2009

Hello all,

I don't really know how to say this very easily, so I'll just say it as simple as I can. I have decided to stop developing TF, I simply have too little time to carry on working on it. When I first started it, I was unemployed and had plenty of spare time, but later on I got a full-time job which I am still in now. It takes up too much time for me to effectively work on the things I need, I end up too tired in the evenings to work on anything and then I only have the weekend which is always short and I need to do other things too. Constant lack of time has caused me to delay media releases far too many times, which you will have noticed and I was kidding myself that I could actually get it done anyway.

Some of my family have fallen ill and it is simply the last straw for me, I must direct my attention towards them because one of them may not be with us for much longer and I need to find a new job because I hate my current workplace and because it will allow me to consider planning moving out. If I carried on working on TF it would still probably take 3 years to finish properly, it was always a massively ambitious project to start with and then it just grew more and more.

Whilst I could take more people on to do level design and textures etc I would not like to do that since the art direction would be inconsistent and I would have less of a part than I would want to have. I'm the 2D art guy/level designer, I don't want anyone else making things, it's just the way I work. Even if I did, it would still be a long haul and there's no guarantee that people would work as hard/work at all.

As for my future in the modding community, I will be joining the Cry Of Fear team, the project is already 70% done and it would make more sense to contribute to that rather than waste time on a project that would either take forever to finish or never be completed, I would predict the latter. I may also make something myself, possibly for HL or a new engine, I'll have to see what happens. They need more people too, so a couple of others from our dev group will join them. You can find out more about Cry Of Fear here:

Moddb.com

I'm very very sorry to have to let you all down like this, but I just cannot dedicate the time needed to carry on with it. I hope you understand and respect the decision I've had to make, it hasn't come easy and believe me if I had the time to do it, I would work on it but I just don't have that luxury.

I'd like to thank you all for the support and help you've given me and to all the guys who worked on the project, it was fun whilst it lasted and hopefully it will never be "forgotten".

Alistair "D3ads/Requiem" Lindsay

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Midnightmare
Midnightmare Feb 8 2009, 7:26am says:

My best wishes to you and your family. Good luck.

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Leon_Kilean
Leon_Kilean Feb 8 2009, 12:08pm says:

Oh yeah I´ve been there a few times with whatever failed projects of mine. Im glad you´re already thinking ahead and focusing into other stuff ´n all that.. When it starts to become too taxing and stressful to work on a mod etc, it just isnt worth it anymore.

I would´ve loved to see The Forgotten, but yeah, good luck with your future projects, and I hope to hear of you and your talents in the future!

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dethtoll
dethtoll Feb 8 2009, 12:54pm says:

I'm sorry to hear about your life situation, and you have my condolences. I only have one thing to say: Don't throw all your work away, just shelve it for another time.

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dissonance
dissonance Feb 8 2009, 2:45pm says:

Considering your situation, it's completely understandable to stop.
Good luck in all your future endeavors!

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Shadowflame
Shadowflame Feb 9 2009, 12:29am says:

Family first ok?

Best wishes to your family

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Daedolon
Daedolon Feb 9 2009, 7:22am says:

It is very sad to see this project go. And I was just looking to work on more music for it.

But I guess family always ends up taking more value than personal projects and endeavours ever can. So here's my wishing good luck to you and your family.

Although I will stay here, hoping you would once again decide to work on the project. Let me know if things shape up differently.

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D3ads Author
D3ads Feb 11 2009, 5:36pm replied:

It's been a pleasure mate, I will of course let you know about any future developments and projects on the horizon.

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SysOp.
SysOp. Feb 10 2009, 6:23pm says:

Oh... This is a very bad new :'(

I understand you because I was in your situation as well... Modding it's cool as long you have plenty of free time. Otherwise it's just problem.

I only just wish you good luck to you and your family. Spend your free time with them. They are worth.

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joure
joure Feb 11 2009, 12:16pm says:

It's sad to see another human being being pressured by life which imo is way too demanding. Unnatural stresses which takes away from life what we all should be entitled to is more spare time of the mind. I'm very sorry to hear about what's going on, as all the others I wish you so much all the best to you. I hope you'll find your way in life, and perhaps, one day start and finish a mod. You deserved it, this mod deserved it. Take care man, and I think alot of ppl here feel with you. Goodluck to you and your family man, peace.

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D3ads Author
D3ads Feb 11 2009, 5:35pm says:

Thanks for all your comments guys, I appreciate it and hope you're well all well yourselves :)

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LoneWolf6:16
LoneWolf6:16 Apr 21 2009, 10:14pm says:

Just reading this news now. Very sad to hear the mod is canceled, but at the same time I'm happy to hear you'll be lending your talent to Cry of Fear. Good luck with your real-life problems and don't give up on modding. :)

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