Engine work & q3map2
Lots of random tuning and fixes have been made to the engine - some of the biggest new features/improvements:
Engine-wise the biggest new feature performance- wise is the VBO support (our engine-overlord Vic's work!). Depending on the map/configuration, enabling VBO support (gl_ext_vertex_buffer_object 1) can easily give you some 50-250 (maybe even more) better fps compared to 0.5! Also netcode-wise Jal has been improving extrapolation to the point there is simply no room for improvement (unless proved with real code patches!).
0.55 and the new q3map2 also has horde of lighting and deluxemapping quality improvements and complete floodlight support to be used as ambient from the worldspawn. All technical bubblablaablaa aside - check the lighting in the screenshots below :-)
Jihnsius has made simply awesome job with the soundtrack and the OST will hopefully give much more 'face' and personality for Warsow as a game.
Biggest of the big(tm) features in 0.5 was undoubtly the gametype scripting support (AngelScript), and one of the first gametype scripts written & developed with the Warsow community during the 0.5 testing period was Bomb&Defuse, which has been a huge success! Starting with 0.55, Capture the flag: Tactics will be included as an official gametype too.
Every weapon model got some love (props for adsn for the model work!). Little teaser :-)
Maps... reviving the old classics
Especially the older Warsow crowd loves wdm1 for sure, and it undoubtly brings warm memories for many oldschool players. Rimol (also known as cervix) also felt this way, and gave some really nice facelift for this old classic:
And surprise, blast from the past! Old, popular 2on2 map, wtest18 is back! Re-textured and facelifted by Anthy - Say hello to wdm22:
wdm6, the old classic, got rid of the green theme:
Maps... improving the existing maps and unifying the art style
Almost every map has got loads of gfx improvements, tuning, and in general maps are now much more unified in terms of artistic styles. Here's quick roundup from the wdmX maps:
wdm19 moved away from the wdm5/tron theme, to radically different theme (Also courtesy of Anthy):
wdm20 got retextured by me (kiki)!:
wdm2 got more color from 36:
wdm9 got pinked by Jal!
wdm10 got some love lighting-wise from me:
... more new maps!
New duel map, a lot of ppl might be familiar with this already, but once again, here's new wdm21 aka Courtyard!
Bomb, bomb, bomb!
Bomb has definitely been single greatest new feature with 0.5. When we shipped 0.5, we had wbomb1 and wbomb2 half-ready for it. Although bomb players are familiar with test versions of all these maps, here's bunch of screenshots from (near) final versions of wbomb1, wbomb2 (reactors_2), wbomb3 (alley_cr), wbomb4 (shepas), wbomb5 (cxbomb1b) and there's likely to be a 6th bomb map once we release!
A lot of random, minor stuff :-)
• Walking in ladders is slightly faster.
• Eb/Instagun wall hit effect particles look much more natural now.
• Ow yes, new awesome background video (by Froop!) and new menu music (by jihnsius!).
• Cartoon hit effects!