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Situation Zero brings to you high quality models and textures, higher than those found in the original game. We make sure that they look good, blend in with other units and has the right look for its job.

We also made the effects much more stunning. No more puffs, just explosions. Expect lots of eye-candy when you fire up Situation Zero.

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After years in production...
...Situation Zero Makes it's first, and last release.


A lot of things have happened these past few years. It all started with a great man and his dream. His dream to make the greatest ZH mod, the world had ever seen. This dream was no small feat, it was a tremendous undertaking, an undertaking, dwarfed only by the man's great ambition. His project inspired and captivated many members of the community, as no-one had ever seen anything like it before. It came to a point where it seemed the man would "rule the world", with his great vision.

Unfortunately, his dream was short lived. Killed by a horrible chain reaction of events, started by a simple mistake. No-one saw it coming. No-one could stop it. However the world moves on, and even though it is largely unfinished, this dream is too big to just be locked up and ignored.


On behalf of Fincer and the SZ Team, we hope you will enjoy the dream as much as we enjoyed brining it into reality.
Thank you and goodbye.

Media Update #2: Liberating The Skies

Media Update #2: Liberating The Skies

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GLA! GLA! GLA! Welcome to the second update, showing off GLA's new air force.

Media Update #1: C&C Generals: Situation Zero Strikes Back!

Media Update #1: C&C Generals: Situation Zero Strikes Back!

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In the first media update of C&C Generals: Situation Zero, we will show you a new general with three of his new units, as well as a new map. There...

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Situation Zero Alpha V1.0

Situation Zero Alpha V1.0

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After years in production, Situation Zero makes it's first and last release.

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Fincer Creator
Fincer

I have released flora (trees, bushes etc) under Creative Commons license on my GitHub account. Please see the link below:

Github.com

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I plan to open more SZ assets (PSD files etc) to the public use in the near future on my GitHub account. However, I'm not authorized to release any material developed by previous SZ team members or by EA games so I still need to evaluate what to release and what to exclude. They all have done great job in the mod/game development (thanks to them for that!), but rules are rules (copyrights, EULA etc.).

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stalkerforever
stalkerforever

Please continue your mod on another game with a good engine. Let us know thanks!

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Fincer Creator
Fincer

Sorry for very late answer, I don't check this site so often like I used to do in the past.

About re-releasing/re-working SZ into another game engine: there are several things to consider: 1) select the engine and learn its logics 2) make major improvements to the current mod 3) economical aspects (which is not a topic in mod communities)

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The mod has potential but a lot of work should be redone. The quality of 3D models doesn't meet any standards (take a look on graphics & physics of any current game!), and I was about to rework a lot of 3D models while the mod was still in development. I should hire a new team to get the job done since I don't have that much time to spend on mod development in these days.

There were many ideas for Situation Zero which have never actually been implemented but were planned more or less in a concept level. There were interesting ideas of adding (reworking?) more generals into the game, for example. Once I realized the game engine could not very well handle the stuff I wanted...well...it's history...

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Fincer Creator
Fincer

$amr-ahmed

That's correct: there is no GLA Airforce General. Never even considered.

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Fincer Creator
Fincer

As a team, we were working on this crash issue back in 2008-2010 but it was a tough task to work out. While the mod was in development, I was very well aware of crash issues. The problem is that SAGE engine simply can't take the load this mod has for the game.

Unfortunately, to fix crash issues is easier to be said than done. I was working on a patch to reduce poly count of shrubbery models (trees and such) but I never finished the job. FYI, SAGE engine doesn't like high-poly models so that might have reduced crashes.

As a team, we tried to figure out the crash issue but the development halted seriously due to our internal disagreements on many issues and my long-term absence in our team forums. Eventually, that was a chain reaction which led to dead end: I was gone and team had no clear direction to continue development of Situation Zero. In 2010, one of our team members, Zeke, published the original version of this mod here. That is the version I developed between 2003-2008. It doesn't contain any team-work as far as I know.

Another issue related is desync in online games. That's highly because of the massive amount of modifications Situation Zero has overall. Additionally, Situation Zero has several code parts which are likely just too much for the game engine. Especially code parts related to shrubbery. EA designed shrubbery to be as light as possible but Situation Zero changes it upside down because of graphical reasons.

Afterwards I've realized that Situation Zero can never work stably in full scale in C&C Generals. It just can't be the mod I'd liked it to be. Why then? Well, SAGE engine is simply unstable, half-done, unfinished and unoptimized in source code level. I have friends who have critizised the structure of some engine parts just with word 'horrible' (like the whole particle effect system). The modding flexibility itself is superior and learning-curve for modding is short but the engine is bad. If there would be any improvements for the C&C Generals version of SAGE engine source code by EA Games there would be hope for massive mods like this. Improvements will not be done anymore, however. So, because the crash issue is difficult to be solved and C&C Generals SAGE engine just sucks for massive mods like this, I have no plans to continue development of this mod. That's sad, but this mod would require either more optimized game engine or it should be transferred to whole different game. And of course, there are issues like recruiting a motivated team with required skills and that all would take my time from other important activities. I see this all not worth the effort.

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Da9siTheAlgeriano
Da9siTheAlgeriano

This mod's cool but it has lot of crashes...and the GLA air general is missing.....it would be good to have a patch to fix this.

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Fincer

C&C Generals game-engine can't handle the mod stuff very well, that's a sad fact. The actual patch you're talking about...it's up to EA, because the game engine (written in C++) should be patched by the company.

There is some sort of open-source project to inject code logics into Zero Hour, like ARES in RA2/YR. Take a look:

Github.com

But not so much that I could do. Two things that could be done 1) Rework the mod, reduce payload to the engine -> more stability? 2) Move the mod to the whole new game engine

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About missing GLA air general: More improvements to GLA airforce were planned as seen in the Media Update pictures above but I never developed this content into "my version of Situation Zero mod". Instead, improved GLA airforce was an idea suggested and little developed later by the SZ dev team. Including a new airfield and some new air units.

Any actual in-game contents developed by the team has never been published on ModDB. Including early material for improved GLA airforce. I still have no rights to publish some of this stuff seen here because some of it has been done by other team members and would violate their rights to their "own" content.

These are main reasons why some of presented GLA airforce content is missing.

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So, this is partly a conflict of what has been presented to the public ("Media Update GLA airforce pics") and the actual contents of the SZ mod. Those pics are based on real stuff, developed by the SZ dev team, but not me.

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darkyuri
darkyuri

He lives this mod?

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Fincer Creator
Fincer

I assume you mean me. I did. Not anymore, though.

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This Mod is Extremely good.
a lot of change, many new, interesting, and exiting units and buildings.

though it crashes way too often.

Nov 10 2010 by Noob_General_Xiao

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