Veteran and freelance independent mapper for previously Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force, nowadays for Jedi Academy and other idtech3 games.

Developer of the 2004's highly regarded and signature map "Asteroid Base" for Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force (now available for Jedi Academy).

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Back in 2016 after the release of the version for Jedi Academy, I always wondered how "The Animal" would have looked liked in Elite Force with the improvements and updated designs which were incorporated into Outline THREE and with the abandoned and now-cancelled version for Elite Force II, I recently decided to pick-up Outline THREE, brushed the dust off and completely re-worked the map towards a version which screenshots are listed here above. While reworking the map, I decided also to browse through my archives looking for content that I had to cut in order to make Release ONE back then possible although certain areas were already restored for Outline THREE.

Unfortunately, I hit several limits here and in such a way that even a direct 1-on-1 port from Jedi Academy to Elite Force is not even possible. The default stvoyhm.exe craps out with the shader limit hit, the IO-EF variants can't do anything above 950 entities (around and in total, anything above will result in a HOM Effect *somewhere* in your map) and the special rpgxEF branches are 1) limited by how many tris lines the compiler in GTK Radiant can swallow in the BSP stage and 2) won't even support regular Holomatch (ERROR: G_Spawn: no free entities, a vague error regarding incompatible versions).

It's obvious that Elite Force was Raven Software's first stint with the idtech3 engine and although the game was a very good game, especially back then at the turn of the century but as a developer, I say that there is room for improvement and that improvement came with Jedi Academy. In that respect, I find it a missed opportunity that an OpenEF project does not exist similar and in line with OpenJK for both Jedi Academy and Jedi Outcast and with support for the regular Holomatch and other EF-based mods.

That being said, I end this with the notion that if Raven Software was allowed to make ONE remaster, then it should be Elite Force !!

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Migdog43
Migdog43

I didn't want to believe it but after this weeks 'episode', I'm starting to believe that TLO isn't that what it claims to be.

That being said, I do hope that you finish that Frigate map. Your version looks so much better then the version I have seen with their Ultimate Edition.

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RealApprentice Creator
RealApprentice

I do intend to finish that map, it would be a shame to let it go to waste . . .

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Maxen1416
Maxen1416

You can make quote boxes when posting comments

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RealApprentice Creator
RealApprentice

Thanks, I wasn't aware that the [ quote ] feature was working in the comments section. I tried it a long time ago and at time, it didn't work as it works now.

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