A short insight into latest work... because we want to show you that serious work has been done. But plans didn't went well as scheduled.

Posted by d-ce on Jan 1st, 2013

Hi, Contra fans, we wish you all happy New Year!

Since our plans didn't went as scheduled for end of this year, I want to share with all of you short insight in our latest work which is preparing for Beta release. I feel obligated to show you and give you something which could tell you all "yes, we are really working".

As a project team member, it's easy for me, because I work every day for Contra. I see the current progress and I contact every day our "chief" Creator and my other colleagues like Predator_BG, Casojin, Annihillator, MelAndr, gundamwen, ToneSlave and others who are working on different modding segments like new maps, coding things, making models, new voices, new music, etc.

Yes, it's easy for me, but I also understand and feel what the rest of you are feeling because I remember when I was not project team member, and I was "just" a fan. I could not see what is going on behind the curtains. I admit that making 008 version is taking long now. Back then I would probably say that mod is dead, and would drop this mod. But you guys are still visiting us and encouraging us. Because of this, we are very grateful, and I am personally very happy. You all make us proud and give us will to work even more. When I come back home tired and angry because of some shitty thing in real life, I sit in front of my PC, and start working on some model or something and think that it could make someone happy, and then it makes me happy too. This is how all other project team members are feeling when doing another segments for this mod. After all, we are making all of this for you, not for us, 6-10 members. We want all of you enjoy it same as we do. I won't lie, we had bad time too. Some project team members just disappeared (I hope they are ok), some of us lost family members, some of us lost all furniture (like PC, TVs..., etc.), but we kept working...

But enough "quick chat". I will try to draw a smile on your faces with some pictures that we recently made.

- First, I need to tell you that just one week before Christmas, thanks to our member Annihillator, we got an option to insert new set of trees into Contra. New better and more quality trees. And not just trees, the whole vegetation. So, Creator started immediately inserting them. This tree example. (the source will be credited in beta release).

- Second, we made new menu interface which will be tested, and regarding to feedback, it will be kept or rejected:

- Dozens of new land textures made and improved by Predator_BG. I will show you some of them but I won't tell you all the details about them and spoil it. :)

- According to finished latest models, we also made cameos for them of course, some of them were improved too. I will share some good looking ones with you

- This was supposed to be announcement picture for beta release for these holidays, perhaps it still will be or we will change it.

- This is a sneak peak from huge surprise... I can't spoil it by giving the details, only pictures.

The rest will be shown when the time comes. :)

I hope that with this I succeeded to show to all of you that serious work has been done, but you can't predict real life issues. Perhaps I could be punished for showing all of this, but let it be so, I couldn't just sit and do nothing. :D

So, once again, in the name of all Contra project team members, we wish you all Happy New Year!

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FatalExtinction
FatalExtinction Jan 1 2013 says:

Awesome Work! Happy New Year!

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BlackRangerXIII
BlackRangerXIII Jan 1 2013 says:

Guys First of all:
Great work on the Development of Contra 008
Second, a question: will the new model of the Guan yu Epic Unit will be like the 007 version with upgrades like bunker, Gatling and Radar?
And Third: isn't that Sam fisher and Duke Nukem?

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ThePredatorBG
ThePredatorBG Jan 1 2013 replied:

Guan Yu will remain the same, just Gattling Cannon will be replaced with Gauss Cannon, like Gattling Tank became Gauss Tank. I can't say anything about the last two pictures. :)

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BlackRangerXIII
BlackRangerXIII Jan 1 2013 replied:

first:
ok, thanks
Second:
AHA! Knew it!
Third:
Is the new shell map and menu interface Framerate per Second Friendly?

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ThePredatorBG
ThePredatorBG Jan 1 2013 replied:

The shellmap in the Beta is just a static picture.

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BlackRangerXIII
BlackRangerXIII Jan 1 2013 replied:

So it's Framerate Per Second Friendly huh.
good

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Annihillator
Annihillator Jan 1 2013 replied:

Yes. And the main menu loads instantly with this picture.

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BlackRangerXIII
BlackRangerXIII Jan 1 2013 replied:

Have to agree:
Keep up with the Great work! ^^

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Mernom
Mernom Jan 2 2013 replied:

my game have a problem with shellmaps,it's only opening the game in quick mod,can anyone help me fix it?

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Annihillator
Annihillator Jan 2 2013 replied:

If you are using Windows 7\Vista\8 you must set compatibility to generals.exe with Windows XP Sp.2.

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BlackRangerXIII
BlackRangerXIII Jan 2 2013 replied:

or with SP.3. too, it works

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Admiral-165
Admiral-165 Jan 1 2013 replied:

Duke Nukem always wears sunglasses though doesn't he? Can't be him...

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ZenislevSoma
ZenislevSoma Jan 31 2013 replied:

I think it's the guy from Contra... there are 2 of them right, Player 1 & 2... One of them has Blue hair, the other is blonde...

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kijebe
kijebe Jan 1 2013 says:

SAM FISHER AND DUKE NUKEM OH MY GAWD!!!

(am i wrong?)

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tutituti87
tutituti87 Jan 1 2013 says:

Perfect!
Cant wait

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0rpheus
0rpheus Jan 1 2013 says:

This was a heartwarming article :)

I wish you guys a happy new year- may it be better than the last one!

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bassie10
bassie10 Jan 1 2013 says:

will nuke general get defenses?

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ThePredatorBG
ThePredatorBG Jan 1 2013 replied:

No.

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2ewerwrhg41234215
2ewerwrhg41234215 Jan 23 2013 replied:

You can always use nuke cannons as defense :)

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Woozle
Woozle Jan 1 2013 says:

These cameos are wonderful!

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max666
max666 Jan 1 2013 says:

Great news!!! Good luck and awaiting the beta! :) Happy new year btw!

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KananTheViking
KananTheViking Jan 1 2013 says:

Dat new interface...is amazing, thanks for the update!

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AirborneSn1p3r
AirborneSn1p3r Jan 1 2013 says:

some amazing screen! thx :)

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yavuztezcan
yavuztezcan Jan 1 2013 says:

Can't find words for you guys! Your efforts are really appreciated thank you

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BlackRangerXIII
BlackRangerXIII Jan 1 2013 says:

I've another question (Stipid one I think, because someone who is an A%@hole is going to write or link to an image with "when it's done" but)
When you're gonna release the 008 Beta?

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Annihillator
Annihillator Jan 1 2013 replied:

In 1-2 weeks. But maybe even later - if Creator still be busy.

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BlackRangerXIII
BlackRangerXIII Jan 1 2013 replied:

Thank you for the (polite) answer

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Anubis_theDark
Anubis_theDark Jan 2 2013 replied:

Here's an ******* answer. REAL LIFE IS A BITCH. Stop asking dumb questions for once.

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BlackRangerXIII
BlackRangerXIII Jan 2 2013 replied:

No need to be angry man, i got my answer!o_O Jeez

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OhNoesBunnies!
OhNoesBunnies! Jan 1 2013 says:

I absolutely cannot wait to play this game again.

Thank you for all the hard work you're putting into this mod. It's just so much fun (even though I do have gripes about the unlock system!) and has kept me entertained for hours on end.

Keep up the wonderful work!

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Hor2010
Hor2010 Jan 1 2013 says:

Just VERY NICE graphics, great details too.
Cant wait to play
Like i always say Contra 008 is : THE STRATEGIC GAME of 2013

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nr14
nr14 Jan 1 2013 says:

God this will be amazing, I'm looking forward to this mod more than anything in my life. This mod is one of the, no, it's the best generals, no, it's just simply the best mod.

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lolfr
lolfr Jan 1 2013 says:

tasty

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Tiberium_Exposure
Tiberium_Exposure Jan 1 2013 says:

that new main menu looks wicked awesome, i hope you keep it. though the color is somewhat rusty, what if you increased the blue tint on it a bit(that way it has a more metallic resonance when combined with the metallic grey of the epic unit you have in the menu (apologies but i forget its name.)), or maybe allowed it to have a glowing red eye humm to life in the dark to give it a creepy cyber appearance rather than a dead droid look?

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defragen1
defragen1 Jan 1 2013 says:

Allah snack bar

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king_ghidorah93
king_ghidorah93 Jan 1 2013 says:

Take your time. We understand that you guys are living out your real lives too and we really appreciate what you are doing. :) As must as we are biting our nails, waiting to play the Beta, we have to take your circumstances into consideration. More power Contra mod team! Hppy New Year!

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Valherran
Valherran Jan 1 2013 says:

I would redo the Overlord pic (the tank in the bushes), the shrubs are covering it too much. Other than that, the rest looks good.

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GlassPirate
GlassPirate Jan 1 2013 says:

Those cameos are AMAZING, I love them!

VERY Total Annihilation esque. If I had to make a suggestion, I'd say get rid of the house colors, make them beige/grey. But it's not necessary, of course. :3

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xbatosaix
xbatosaix Jan 2 2013 says:

i love to see the beta version...can't wait to play it....thank u contra team in project creator....love 008

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Eonfge
Eonfge Jan 2 2013 says:

Guys, keep up the good work. Take your time and make it awesome.

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KakusiDKiller
KakusiDKiller Jan 2 2013 says:

The First secret picture is Sam Fisher from Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Series, And IDK the other one but I'll go with Duke Nukem!

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darky1029
darky1029 Jan 2 2013 says:

1 update.. HELL YES... Have a snack, well...Im just gonna wait another week xD

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kev20
kev20 Jan 3 2013 says:

lot that guy with blonde hair is the one on the game contra ^_^ on family computer hehe ^_^ w8 or may be guile

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d-ce Author
d-ce Jan 3 2013 replied:

BINGO! :D

I have modeled Guile, but i cant tell you for which purpose will it be used...

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kev20
kev20 Jan 11 2013 replied:

i knew it^_^ u put guile on contra ^_^ wow 1st terminator now guile ^_^ i hope solid snake will be there also ^_^ hahahaha

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ThePredatorBG
ThePredatorBG Jan 3 2013 replied:

All models need two damaged phases, three snow skins (normal, + light damage, + serious damage), smoke and fire need to be added, infantry need to be attached to skeletons, some units need rescaling, others need new animations. We can't release it unfinished. Things are being inserted and assembled. Overall balance adjustments are being made in preparation for the public release and significant bugs are being fixed. Our releases are not frequent like they were in the past, but they are huge.

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KonaTek
KonaTek Jan 4 2013 says:

now i know why it's not released yet. keep up the good work! really love your mod guys, i'm still playing contra with my friends today. the best mod i've ever played.

one question, is the mismatch issue when playing LAN/online has been fixed in 008? because that is really annoying...

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Guest
Guest Jan 4 2013 replied:

Mismatch problem is really not because Contra. It is bug inside generals engine and we cant fix it since its hard coded. Not only we, not any zero hour mod cant fix it. But did what is possible, we reduced lags caused by some units, fixed many bugs etc...

I play every day on tunngle, mostly 3v3 games and get 1 mismatch in 5 games. So its a good ratio for and i have a lot of fun. Sometimes when mismatch is often, we suspect that one person uses some cheating program like ArtMoney etc, or doesnt have all fixes downloaded. We kick him and game runs normal then.

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d-ce Author
d-ce Jan 4 2013 replied:

Mismatch problem is really not because Contra. It is bug inside generals engine and we cant fix it since its hard coded. Not only we, not any zero hour mod cant fix it. But did what is possible, we reduced lags caused by some units, fixed many bugs etc...

sorry, its my comment, i was not logged in.

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Hijacker
Hijacker Jan 14 2013 replied:

If only there was someone who is experience with game engine coding, he could hack into the engine removing lag and that annoying bug.. I mean come on.. Its been nearly 10 years since the game was release and it still crashes even on highend PCs..

Because of this I can't enjoy a large 8 player 2v2v2v2 battle. :(

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