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We're halfway through the second month of 2009 and a number of interesting things have been going on for the team behind the Crysis total conversion modification MECHWARRIOR: LIVING LEGENDS.

Posted by AoP on Feb 14th, 2009

One of the major events in weeks since our last update was the release of the "Things go boom" video. For the first time in months, the team decided to release actual animated gameplay footage for public entertainment. The video does not only contain a large number of exploding vehicles and Mechs, but it offers a glimpse at the game from the perspective of an actual participant.

 
Not using the amazing potentials of the CryEngine 2 to its fullest would just be wrong. Therefore, some of the effects you can expect to see in MWLL might leave you gasping in awe. See below two shots from Extremity, one of our maps for the Solaris Arena game mode. The first of these shots shows a couple of guided missiles exploding at their target and a PPC ending its journey equally successfull. The next shot shows a Catapult firing a whole salvo of LRMs at an enemy Mech hangar.

Extremity Combat SceneBarrage!

Tactics will be very important and actively promoted in MWLL. As the battlefield will be crowded by all kinds of vehicles and players with differing equipment, good tactics will make the difference between forgotten casualties and living legends on these fields of destruction. The Inner Sphere's Longinus in the first screenshot below just spotted an enemy armored column. While this simple battlearmor is vastly outgunned and an assault wouldn't even be suicide but at best completely stupid, possible responses to this threat might include designating targets with the portable TAG laser or simply reporting the observation via voice comm. To get an idea of the amount of firepower you'll be encountering in MWLL, the next screenshot displays the four currently implemented variants of the Clan's heavy Novacat and a group of Elemental battle armor for their support.

Snow Patrol
Clanner group

Another new feature in the past fwe weeks was the implementation of the Raven, one of the Inner Sphere's light and scout Mechs. The four variants that will be playable in the beta are being displayed in the second shot below. Unlike the Mech, the city scenery will most certainly not be seen in the upcoming beta release. Just as unlikely is the appearance of the next environment, at least for the beta release: a group of Longinus battle armor has seen a group of Clan Elementals patrolling through the swamp. Will they avoid contact or attack the larger group?

4 Ravens in the city
Longinus ambush in the swamp

 
Being 'in the business' for more than two years already, the team still attracts several incredibly talented individuals from various professions and interests. The two screenshots below are not actual game content, but artwork created by two of our team members. The first image is a painting by Andy which received the working title "Showdown at Sunset". Andy is mostly working as a modeller and texture artist. The other shot is a render by one of the team's most recent reinforcements, an animator going by the name of Strykker. 

Showdown at SunsetCatapult on the lookout

Explosions being one of the main features of our latest teaser video, they have actually been replaced in the days just after that. The first screenshot of the two below shows the original Mech core explosion in progress. The next picture is a still shot of the new explosion, which still is huge, but significantly less hungry for ressources than the original one from Crysis.

BoomBOOM on Extremity

MWLL Developer chat on IRC

On Saturday, February 21st, an open developer chat with the MWLL team will take place on IRC. If there is anything you'd like to ask the developers, join #mwll on irc.quakenet.org. The session is currently scheduled to take place between about 5-7PM EST / 22:00-00:00 GMT.

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Spooboy
Spooboy Feb 14 2009, 7:34pm says:

God i love this mod so much

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vfn4i83
vfn4i83 Feb 14 2009, 8:05pm says:

CAnt wait. Have been so long without something of the genre. Great work

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slyjimbo1423
slyjimbo1423 Feb 14 2009, 9:53pm says:

is this mod out to the public or is it still under work

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Mighty_BOB!
Mighty_BOB! Feb 15 2009, 2:53am replied:

They're still working on it. I highly anticipate the release.

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FJS
FJS Feb 14 2009, 11:32pm says:

Looks freaking awsome

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inhuman_za
inhuman_za Feb 15 2009, 5:22am says:

Wow, good job :D I'll be looking forward to that beta.

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redgar78
redgar78 Feb 15 2009, 1:26pm replied:

SinKing, you do know that these mechs are powered by fusion reactors right? So when one blows up, there's a chance there is one huge explosion.

Edit: agh, pressed the wrong comment button

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SinKing
SinKing Feb 15 2009, 5:27am says:

That's amazing. In one of the scenes I thought the sun was setting, but it was just a massive explosion!

I noticed only a problem with the scale. Explosions seem to big, or close for the distance the are at. In other words: the explosions are too big to match the "small" models. Get that into some kind of relation and keep one or two massive nukes, and you've got me satisfied. Not that it makes a difference.
Beautiful game - I'd probably have bought this, instead of Crysis, if I had to make a choice.

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PytoX
PytoX Feb 15 2009, 7:40am says: Online

This is going to become so great :D

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Frednol
Frednol Feb 15 2009, 8:03am says:

I declare a want level of MUCH.

MUCH WANT.

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supjay
supjay Feb 15 2009, 9:03am says:

wooot....brilliant

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_S_E_R_G_
_S_E_R_G_ Feb 15 2009, 11:58am says:

cryengine2 is perfect for this mod.

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General_Atrox
General_Atrox Feb 15 2009, 12:08pm says:

Great work, keep it up!!

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Bluedrake42
Bluedrake42 Feb 15 2009, 3:55pm says:

Woah, what song is that?

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KorJax
KorJax Feb 15 2009, 4:32pm replied:

It's a mix of two songs created by our own very talented music team :)

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Bluedrake42
Bluedrake42 Feb 16 2009, 10:15am replied:

Then that's ******* sick =D

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Bird_of_Prey
Bird_of_Prey Feb 15 2009, 4:12pm says:

Some of the best in the business. Bar none. Great update!

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Mimyke86
Mimyke86 Feb 15 2009, 6:07pm says:

I have a question : can we play this mod to joystick ?
Because I have see that :
Crymod.com

PS : I stay tuned, this will be a great mod !

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AoP
AoP Feb 15 2009, 7:21pm replied:

Yes, we are *very* confident that we'll be able to provide full joystick support.

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Raden
Raden Feb 16 2009, 4:15am says:

Great work!

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piranha
piranha Mar 25 2009, 1:06pm says:

I remember playing MechWarrior 2 in the 90´s, especially the expansion packs stunned me. But MW3 and MW4 disappointed me. Still, the universe and stories by FASA are awesome!

I am quite sure, your mod is everything I dreamed of back then!

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