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After 8 months of no updates, we finally reveal Zombie Master 2's new features!

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Before we begin, we'd like to apologize for our lack of updates. All of us have been pretty busy with our lives but we manage to work on Zombie Master 2 when we can.

Zombies

Client-side animation

Much like Team Fortress 2's animation system, all animation is processed by the client. This allows for smoother animation and requires little data from the server.

Navigation

NPCs are now able to reroute accordingly to their needs as well as utilize navigational meshes. If NPC A were to be blocked by NPC B, NPC A will disable any collisions with NPC B and ingore NPC B for the time being. If the NPC was in a crowded area, it will try to line up with the other NPCs. If the NPC were blocked by props, the NPC would check if the prop was small enough to be pushed away. After analyzing the blocker entity, the NPC will generate a number of paths until it finds one suitable for navigation.

Networking

By default NPCs transmit data the client doesn't necessarily need. If there were several zombies transmitting this data, it would take a toll on networking. Because of this, certain data transmissions were disabled as well as limited data sizes.

Default HL2 Zombie Networking ( 50 Zombies )

New Zombie Networking ( 50 Zombies )

Senses and Priorities

Several modifications and improvements have been made to the AI such as better player awareness and organized combat states. Zombies are only concerned with two things, the Zombie Master's orders and the players.

Entities

trigger_win : A trigger volume that only lets survivors within it win.
logic_zmtimer : An easy to use, fully customizable timer that also has HUD display (mm:ss)
trigger_explosionblock : A trigger volume that stops ZM explosions and/or game explosions from occuring.
info_weaponspawn : Spawns a random weapon of any category of your choosing.
func_zmclip : Blocks ZM movement.
info_player_deathmatch : Added a keyvalue "hasFlashlight" to determine whether the player spawns with a flashlight or not.
info_zombiespawn : Added a keyvalue "nodeless" to active nodeless spawning.

Weapons

New Weapons

M1911..38 Special RevolverSpringfield M1A.SKSKa-Bar

Custom Weapons

Mappers are now able to add their own weapons to the maps by changing a weapon's keyvalues and compiling the map with the custom weapon content. Shown here is a custom weapon set up to behave like the AR2 from Half-life 2.

Custom Weapon ( HL2 AR2 )

Gameplay/Other

Network LOD : If the client is beyond the transmitting entity's reach, no data will be sent unless the entity is within the client's POV.
Max Renderable Distance : Determines what renders in the client's POV.
Sudden Death : When the alive survivor count drops to a low number, the ZM is rewarded 2.0x resources. This helps increase the difficulty of the game and keeps rounds moving nicely.
Shadows : Added POV check, uncapped depth map resolution, adjusted shadow filtering, fixed translucent depth mapping.
Weapon Effects : Gun smoke, bleedout, and directional damage forces for melee weapons.

We are still looking for organic artists!

We will be revealing more in a couple of weeks, so stay tuned!


Happy Holidays,
From the ZM2 Development Team

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Mateos
Mateos

It is worth the wait, looking forward to test it if you need more computers o/

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Chinaski
Chinaski

Great news, used to love playing ZM years ago. If you got a good player as the ZM it was a really tense game, but there were a lot of laughs to be had too. Looking forward to this.

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Halfmoon
Halfmoon

Can't wait for this to release.

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bloodnest
bloodnest

FINALLY MY MOST FAVE MOD IS BACK AND KICKING ***!

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Dr.Goupyl
Dr.Goupyl

Slowly but surely !
Good to see you still here.

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Mr.RoBoT
Mr.RoBoT

its about time! :P

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Jerkakame
Jerkakame

Still wish they implented some kind of respawn system, I guess thats up for the server owners.

I love playing as zombie master and I can make the survivor respawn constantly, alot more fun playing as ZM then.

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parhana
parhana

Nice to see a new update. Keep up the good work :)

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Aimforthehead
Aimforthehead

Great!

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Ozi
Ozi

I lost all hope, but you bring it back, thanks!

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Seaal
Seaal

Pretty awesome!

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Dr_Doener
Dr_Doener

Good to see you guys alive :D

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Nebcake
Nebcake

What a great update to hear this holiday.

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Maninblue999
Maninblue999

What a suprise, the best mod ever created for half-life 2 re-emerges!

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Anddos
Anddos

And no video ????

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cro_net
cro_net

Great job guys, hope to see more soon.

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sasuke2490
sasuke2490

when can we get alpha access or beta w/e i want to know if possible.

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revenge9026xbox
revenge9026xbox

So, I'm guessing you guys aren't going to let all of that effort go to waste... Good :)

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RaptorXL
RaptorXL

organic artists? i am a concept artist myself, I just never heard that term before.

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darx4
darx4

when it is brand new

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