Fight in the rain soaked trenches or charge over No Man’s Land to battle in the War to End All Wars. Use authentic weaponry to conquer the enemy, call in artillery strikes to take out enemies en masse, and don’t forget that teamwork is essential for the final victory! Screaming Steel: 1914-1918, previously known as WW1: Source is a total-conversion project being developed by devoted modders for the FPS game Day of Infamy. While you can still find the download on this site for older versions of the project when it was a modification for Half-Life 2, our development on this branch of the Source engine has stopped. Screaming Steel instead utilizes one of the latest iterations of the Source engine to bring you an immersive and total experience of the infamous Western Front of the First World War. Keep a watch on this page for more news about the project and make sure to spread the word about it! See you on the battlefield!
It’s been over a year since we last posted an article like this, and we felt like it was high time we got around to informing you what’s going on with this project. In this article we’ll go over why we suddenly became so quiet, the current state of the project, and what’s in it for the future – lately there’s been some rumors circulating, claiming that the project is forever dead, but that’s simply not the case. It’s very much alive, but we’ve had to rethink our original goals and go for a different path with our ideas and future plans.
We would like to start off by saying sorry for our absence. In our last article over a year ago we promised that the project was close to release, but we overestimated our own abilities and also ran into serious issues around Christmas a year ago. While our small and slightly demotivated team did our best to cope with the various issues, we simply could not continue with our original plans for WW1: Source and release the project in the way we originally intended. We will not go into details about the issues we faced, but we will instead be focusing on what’s happening with WW1: Source in the year to come. So let’s get straight to it!
As you can probably tell from the title, the changes that WW1: Source has undergone in the past few months have been very drastic. WW1: Source is no longer WW1: Source, we’ve instead decided to rename this project to Screaming Steel: 1914-1918, or simply Screaming Steel for short. The reason for this has to do with the new scope of the project. It can no longer be seen as a modification built from the Half-Life 2 source code with our own changes and additions. It simply does not feel right for us to brand our mod with “Source” in the title, as this brand is typically used for mods based directly off of Half-Life 2. Another reason for the name change has to do with the incredibly big change between our last released version of WW1: Source (1.13b), and our current build of Screaming Steel. We believe that these two versions of our project are simply too far apart from each other in functionality, features and gameplay to be put under the same name.
To follow up completely with this change, our MoDDb page will also be renamed to Screaming Steel, and will be dedicated to our progress on this new and exciting version of our project. This allows us to keep all of our old followers, media and also downloads, preserving the history of WW1: Source without splitting up the established community for the project. The rebranding of the MoDDb page will happen a few days after this article has been posted (if all goes as planned!).
At this point you’re probably asking yourself: What makes Screaming Steel so different from WW1: Source 2.0? The answer: We are no longer a modification built on Half-Life 2, but a total conversion for another already existing game. This might sound a bit confusing and odd at first, but here’s an explanation:
Previously, WW1: Source was a modification based on a branch of Valves SDK Base, which was both a good and a bad thing. On one hand, we had full control over what we wanted to implement for our project, but that leads to the bad thing. The pipeline for actually getting work implemented, tweaked and perfected in the SDK Base is a bit of a developer’s hell. The work pipeline is outdated and cumbersome, and at times it was completely impossible to make progress because of Valve occasionally flat-out breaking modifications with some of their SDK Base updates. All of this coupled with a small, tired and demotivated team meant that progress was painfully slow, and at times there were gaps of several weeks or even months between periods where we actually made notable progress on WW1: Source.
The rescue for this development hell came with the release of the WW2 FPS game ‘Day of Infamy‘ made by New World Interactive, the same people who made the incredibly successful game Insurgency. Day of Infamy is based on a very recent build of the Source engine, providing improvements to stability, optimization, visual fidelity and much more. Perhaps the most important thing is that Day of Infamy provides the community with excellent support for modding. So good in fact, that it actually made sense for us to switch from the old SDK Base over to Day of Infamy in order to continue our project in a much more effective, pleasant and less time consuming manner. This means that Screaming Steel is now a total-conversion project for Day of Infamy, and not a standard mod running on the older version of the Source engine. This also means that you will have to own Day of Infamy on Steam in order to play our project, which might upset a few of our fans. We do hope however, that this article provides sufficient explanation for why this move was necessary for us. Quite simply, there are many more positives than negatives regarding this change, and here are some of the more notable positives that we hope will convince you even more regarding our decision:
Porting over our trench clubs was a job that took about 30 minutes; a good example
of how easy and fast it is to get work done when modding Day of Infamy.
Hopefully all of this has given you an insight on why we decided to follow through with this migration, and we’re also hoping you’re as happy about it as we are! Now that we’ve gone through a lot of tedious text and information it’s time for some eye candy. As we mentioned, Day of Infamy is a on a whole new level of visual fidelity compared to anything else running on the Source engine, and this means that we will have to update some of our older art from WW1: Source. The first thing we want to show you is a new model for the Gewehr 98 rifle which was kindly donated to us by our past team member Volcol. The Gewehr 98 will be the most common weapon you’ll see in the hands of German soldiers in Screaming Steel.
Day of Infamy uses an interesting system when it comes to loadouts for your soldier, which we will put to good use in Screaming Steel too. In addition to different classes to choose from, there is also a “supply point” system which allows you to customize the loadout of your class. This system allows you to change primary and secondary weapons, weapon attachments, grenades and different types of kits and webbing. As an example, this system means that our Gewehr 98 has several upgrades that can be applied to it; A bayonet, a sling, stripper clips, an optic for the marksman class, and also rifle grenades for our sentry class.
The loadout and supply point system allows you to shape your own way of playing the classes.
Another thing we want to show off is our playermodels, ported over to Screaming Steel from our older build of WW1: Source. The credit for the original models also goes to Volcol, but we saw it fitting to upgrade some parts of them. The heads and hands have been ported from the standard DoI playermodels, and they have also been rigged to fit the new skeleton used in DoI. The credit for these changes goes to Venom of the DoI modding community, and we feel he did a great job on them! Keep in mind that these screenshots show things that are work in progress, and the weapon models in particular are simply placeholders!
A British rifleman running through the no man’s land of Somme, a fan favorite map from
the WW1: Source mod currently being ported over to Screaming Steel.
A line of German infantry charging with their bayonets on a vanilla Day of Infamy map.
A small group of British riflemen picking their targets.
That’s all for now! Hopefully you can forgive our almost complete absence for the past year, and that you enjoyed reading and looking through our explanation for it. This is a completely new chapter for WW1: Source, and its future in the form of Screaming Steel is looking brighter than ever before. We promise to post updates a lot more frequently in the following months, as progress is going much faster than before because of our migration to Day of Infamy.
We hope you’ve had a merry Christmas, and that you’ll also be having a happy new year – we know that we will.
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Highest Rated (9 agree) 7/10
no servers :/
Jun 27 2011 by gamefreak42
Lowest Rated (4 agree) 5/10
I don't mean to bring you down, but I found this mod pretty dreadful in its current state. Your attempt at realism by forcing the player to "pull the bolt" every time you shoot is annoying but I guess some people will like it. The Officers' ability to drop toxic gas and artilery is terrible. It's very frustrating to get killed randomly, and it adds nothing of value to the gameplay. The biggest problem I had when playing was really the red effect when you get hit. It paints nearly your entire screen…
Dec 1 2010 by Petzi