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A large update regarding our notable lack of, and a heap of media to help tide the impatient before our upcoming release, including a brand new video, promotional images as well as menu art, screenshots, and info regarding development.

Posted by holdenmcclure on Aug 8th, 2009

Brief Summary of our Development Status

Noting our absence on this site for the past month, we would like to remind everyone that we've been engulfed in development, and have neglected to post updates, partially because we want our presence to be impacting and whatnot. Many events have occurred within a month. We've lost members, and accepted new ones. We've cut plans, and added new ones. We've made a myriad of changes to the existing changes we'd already made regarding balance, and began work to rebalanced aspects untouched previously. Countless graphical tweaks regarding lighting have taken place, animating proper animations for weapons has begun production, and so much more I couldn't even begin to list.

Artistic Touch

As many of you are fully aware, we've been working our hardest to make L.U.R.K. the most visually advanced, and atmospheric S.T.A.L.K.E.R. experience to date, and those of you who had the patience to read my elaborated plans can fully understand the level of depth and attention to detail that's been paid to the weather functions of L.U.R.K.. Weather, and subsequently how the AI perceives light, plays an integral role into the new dynamic weather system. Laborious efforts have been placed towards meticulously building our weather system to look, act, and feel stunning and stream fluidly with the brand new AI structure. This next video will try to briefly demonstrate the look and feel we want to accomplish. The video consists of time-lapsed in-game clips. Note that the video should be viewed on Youtube for the best visual quality, please comment and rate, and subscribe if you support our project:

Despite that, it's the little things that culminate into the greater good. That's why we feel it's important to give our project personality. We've endeavored to recreate the menu system to a more atmospheric, and less clunky and convoluted system. Images posted will represent some of our promotional work, as well as pending menu's, which will include animations if they make the cut:

Menu Candidates

Promotional Images

Regarding Visuals

As most are well aware, we consistently tout L.U.R.K. as the most visually advance iteration of Shadow of Chernobyl. This is important, considering L.U.R.K.'s goal is to be as objective as possible in it's improvements, that's why every hour should be visually representative of the quality we try to create. Consistency is extremely important to us, and we believe we've managed to take it to another level. Creating bleak, yet beautiful landscapes:


Many are aware of the enveloping atmosphere created in S.T.A.L.K.E.R., but visual landscapes aren't the only thing that are required to create such an effect. Our labors regarding visuals are equally spent on creating a smooth homeostasis between realism, balance, and curve. Differing views amongst our team have led to team-members leaving, and subsequently joining. However most are aware that sacrifices need to be made in order to create a fun and rewarding experience. L.U.R.K. is not a derivative of any other gameplay experience you've played thus far, touting ground up restructuring of weapons, ballistics, enemy difficulty, economy, and so much more, revolving around our most important addition, stealth AI.

It should be obvious that the ability to sneak, and subsequently flank creates a myriad of options and changes to the pre-existing vanilla game balance. Meticulous effort has been put forth towards balancing the gameplay experience during the night, as opposed to the day. While it's important that too much regarding the game not be disclosed, I'll just leave it to your trust to understand the level of effort and discretion put forth towards the gameplay.

Lost in Translation

The development of L.U.R.K. has risen far from humble beginnings, starting as a mere compilation project consisting of only myself, Holden McClure, it took new heights as steps were made towards new implementations, and adopting new members from 4chan. Although as you may well be aware, the 4chan community is historically unmotivated, and unfortunately we've lost contact with an important asset to our team. However since then, we've recouped our losses and have regained our footing towards a smooth release. However we're holding our tongues for future plans, for fear we will disappoint if they don't make the cut.

Since our last news update wasn't front-paged due to poor formatting, I'm reposting it again in hopes that it'll recieve the attention it deserves, regardless of how well it's faired despite it not being showcased:

Thank you all for your patience, and in return, I can only promise that you won't be disappointed.

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bancove Aug 8 2009 says:

Adequately long - did study

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weroper.GX Aug 8 2009 says:

The Force shall be with you.

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dave_5430 Aug 8 2009 says:

Could I please have a basic rundown of all the weapons (new ones) and the changes to the original ones.
Enhancements towards realism
New RPG elements
If this is, or ever has borrowed any ideas or material from other mods?

IS THIS or IS THIS NOT Compatible to AMK mod(s)?
I mean god AMK is so great but it was a total let down that I wasn't able to merge it with ABC or STALKER 2009...

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freredarme Aug 8 2009 says:

Nice, good luck !

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DucTTapE Aug 8 2009 says:

but is it better than OL or super mod pack

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Tex1090 Aug 8 2009 replied:

Is up to the individual. You'll have to try it when it's released and make your own opinion.

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holdenmcclure Author
holdenmcclure Aug 8 2009 replied:

Pretty much, I think it's the best, but only because I built it around my own preferences.

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Tommy-TBone Aug 8 2009 says:

Did you ever get my email with the music?

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holdenmcclure Author
holdenmcclure Aug 8 2009 replied:

Yes, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised when you start up the game.

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Tommy-TBone Aug 9 2009 replied:

Oh nice one. What song or songs have you used? Brain Scorcher was the only one I really thought was suitable.

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Extirpation Aug 8 2009 says:

Great, def tracking.

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mrpham Aug 8 2009 says:

Seconded. I'm definitely tracking this work of kick ***.

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Dra6o0n Aug 9 2009 says:

Very interesting, i might decide to install stalker for this...

The only thing i don't really like in stalker games is when mods turns it into something that is too much realism and no fun to balance that...

Especially bad if AI is psychic and shoots you when you can't even see them in the dark...

Its need a really good stealth AI like MGS and Tenchu series so the NPC won't go rambo on you right after they see you... Unless your standing in plain sight right in front of them...

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Mars_3K Aug 9 2009 says:

This will blow them all away on release... I can only hope and pray that there is a release.

Good luck Holden & co.

We're all rooting for you!

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Mars_3K Aug 9 2009 replied:

Incidentally, what was the music used in the weather vid?

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holdenmcclure Author
holdenmcclure Aug 9 2009 replied:

The Acacia Strain - Halycon

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Callinstead09 Aug 9 2009 says:

This is probably one of the best mods Ive seen for stalker.

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holdenmcclure Author
holdenmcclure Aug 10 2009 says:

Please post any questions or suggestions you have for L.U.R.K. in the forum board, so that it's easily accessible for me to answer:

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Danboe Aug 11 2009 says:

Dang, this looks so good!

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ducis Aug 12 2009 says:

Keep up the AWESOME WORK!

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urishima Aug 28 2009 says:

Maybe I'm just nitpicking here but the red dot sight of the G36 produces only a red dot (hence the name) and not a small crosshair ;)

Sorry, just a former german navy soldier being a major nitpicker here. Ingore him and keep on rocking ;)

Nah, seriously. This mod is on top of my 'gonna waste days-playing-this right when it comes out' list together with lost alpha.

But speaking of red dot sights: I really missed those in ShoC and CS, especially on the G36. Would be nice if one could switch between the different sights on that shooter and it would also be cool to buy red dot sights for other weapons like the M4 or the G36C just like scopes.

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