Dear community, or what is left of it... it's been a while since I last posted anything on our mod page. I would like to offer my apologies for not keeping everyone up to date with what has been going on.
Regarding the mod, I have good news and bad news.
Let us start with the bad news, so that we can build up towards a climax, shall we?
The past months have had quite an impact on my life, I had to drop out of school because of reasons (I'll be enrolling into a different school so I won't end up on the street or anything.) and over the summer I worked a full time job. Due to this, I had two hours of free time in the evening if I was lucky, so I had rather spent those hours relaxing and taking a step back from modding and all. Therefore, there has barely been any progress since the last update, and for that I offer my sincere apologies.
During the past weeks, my old laptop finally had its last breath and it took most of my assets along with it. The only thing left is an early alpha build that I had sent to a friend of mine, more on that later.
Now, for the good news:
I bought a new laptop from my savings, one that is much more high-end than the one I had before (It runs Homeworld and Sins of a Solar Empire flawlessly on max settings :D). Because of this, I have much better access to high end software that would've been too taxing on my previous laptop.
Is this mod dead?
Yes and no. It is unlikely that I will continue with this project in particular, but I might reboot Return To The Shadows on a game that would be more suitable for what I am planning to achieve.
What projects can we expect in the future?
I will most likely attempt to pick up modding for Sins of a Solar Empire or Homeworld: Remastered. I have several potential mods in mind, but more on that when I have an idea of how plausible said ideas would be.
When can we expect to see new content?
This is something that I can't answer yet. It depends on how my next education is going to work out and how taxing it will be on my personal life.
Can I finish this project for you?
It depends. I am not comfortable with handing over the mod to someone who doesn't know my alternate universe as I do. But perhaps we can work something out.
With all this said, there is one final thing that I would like to talk about.
When I first started modding back when I was 14 (Jeez that's 6 years already... time flies.), I made both friends and enemies on the community. Through the years, I only stayed in touch with a few of those people sadly, and more sadly, since yesterday... it's one less person I'm still in touch with. My colleague, friend and dedicated member of the Moddb community, mikey1871 sadly took his life yesterday. I was truly shocked by this news and a lot of people have been moved by the past hours. To honor his passing, and to have a proper 'goodbye' to him from the community, I would like to ask you all, members and modders alike, to share the photo that will be posted later on my Moddb pages probably a day after this post has been authorized. Already many thanks in advance.
In loving memory of Mikhail Croitor.