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RSS The Dark Army: Uprising Remastered has FINALLY been released!

After 3 years of development, the overhaul of TDA is complete. And after 7 years, it's finally what it was always supposed to be.

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Debriefing

7 years ago today, on July 1st, 2013, I started the development of what used to be a small single-player map-pack for Return To Castle Wolfenstein - it was called The Dark Army. Over time, the project became more ambitious - the add-on became a mod, and that's why I decided, in 2014, to split it into two parts: the first being called The Dark Army: Uprising, and the second called The Dark Army: Downfall. In 2015, The Dark Army: Uprising was released, but since it was met with mixed to negative reviews, I decided to remove it from download sites, only to re-release it in 2016 in a better and more cohesive shape. It was way more positively met, as it made it to the Top 100 of the 2016 Mod of the Year Awards - becoming the first Return To Castle Wolfenstein mod to ever achieve such a feat. But that also made me realize that so many, better mods, would have deserved such praise instead.

That's why, instead of fully continuing the development of the sequel, I decided, in 2017, to start the development of a new, enhanced version of The Dark Army: Uprising, one that would make the mod truly worth of such praise: The Dark Army: Uprising Version 2.0. "Halfway between remaster and remake" - as were my words back then - a demo of this new version was released the same year, and it was welcomed very positively. In 2018, The Dark Army: Uprising Version 2.0 was supposed to be released, but the project grew into a bigger one, a true re-imagination. Thus, it was re-branded The Dark Army: Uprising Remastered, and presented during the Return to Castle Wolfenstein 17th Anniversary Event. In 2019, work on the project continued for a release the same year, but due to unexpected opportunities - like the beginning of the development of Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory Single-Player - it ultimately did not make it to its initially planned December 2019 release window.

Now, we're in 2020 - and FINALLY, after 3 years of development, the overhaul of The Dark Army: Uprising is complete. And after 7 years, the mod is finally what it was always supposed to be. I hope you'll like it. Please enjoy!



What's new?

Here's a non exhaustive list of new features:

  • New playable levels
  • Re-imagined story
  • Deeper storytelling (new cutscenes, new dialogues...)
  • Revamped, improved and expanded maps
  • Coherent and realistic level design
  • Reworked Day & Night campaign features
  • Brand new dynamic user-interface
  • Movie-like camera angles during cutscenes
  • New "Realism" difficulty (RealRTCW 3.0)
  • New weapons & items (RealRTCW 3.0)
  • New secret areas & treasures
  • New Easter-eggs & secrets
  • New Game+ mode (coming soon)
  • Dark Campaign (coming July 8)
  • Dark Realm (coming soon)

Gameplay details - campaigns

There are three campaigns in The Dark Army: Uprising Remastered. Elements like the weather, the lighting, the sound ambience, the enemies, their weapons, the items scattered around the maps, B.J.'s outfit... differ from one campaign to another. The most striking difference probably lies within what kind of weaponry you'll find. There are weapons you'll only find during the Day campaign, and some others in the Night campaign only. Below is a list of said exclusives.

As for the Dark Campaign (which is coming July 8), it's a radically different experience. This campaign is literally filled with undead enemies, while the environment is engulfed in a bloody red fog, which grows thicker and thicker as the player progresses through the game. There's also an emphasis on survival in this campaign, as you can't scavenge weapons nor ammo from your enemies, since they don't use firearms. Thus, finding what's already in the area is essential. In this hardcore campaign, fleeing and hiding are keys.

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Comments
conroy_bumpus
conroy_bumpus

heavens to betsy, here we go, baby!

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Sionfel
Sionfel

Oh, great, I have an update!
2016 MOTY Awards?
Well look at this! Good on you for sticking to a project despite an initial negative reception. That takes a lot of character. Then to improve upon it and polish it to such a level? You deserve some props for that.

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William-Faure☮️ Author
William-Faure☮️

Thanks for your kind words and support Sionfel! Means a lot! 👍

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flippedoutkyrii
flippedoutkyrii

Man, loving the day-night differences! Gonna have some fun thats for sure! ;)

What's the ETA on the New Game+ and Dark Campaign/Dark Realm modes?

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William-Faure☮️ Author
William-Faure☮️

Thanks for your kind words and continued support flippedoutkyrii!

There's no ETA yet for the add-ons, but it's not far away. ✌️

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HerzogAgain
HerzogAgain

Hello! Where could I read the installation instructions for the mod?

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WolfETPlayer
WolfETPlayer

Go to the download section. Installation Guide is in the file description.

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William-Faure☮️ Author
William-Faure☮️

Hello HerzogAgain. 👋

As WolfETPlayer kindly stated, installation instructions can be found on the download page (https://www.moddb.com/mods/tda/downloads/remaster). Click on "Read more..." in the "Description" tab to show said instructions.

Hope it helps. Thanks for your support. 👍

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WolfRTCW
WolfRTCW

Congratulations on your new release, Will.

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William-Faure☮️ Author
William-Faure☮️

Thanks for your kind words and continued support WolfRTCW!
Hope you'll like this mod as much as I enjoyed making it! 👍

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dickspade1352323364
dickspade1352323364

Congratulations William-Faure, this is awesome

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Legion019
Legion019

are you planning this Dark Campaign on The Dark Army: Uprising Remastered release this future. This Dark Campaign this got Coming soon.

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Blue199
Blue199

woo! holy crap!

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GoodGriefer
GoodGriefer

This looks awesome and will give me the perfect excuse to re-install the game!

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SPY-maps
SPY-maps

For some odd reason i have trouble with re-opening the game at any point. It says it wasn't closed down right last time i played due to video settings i believe. And often i just can't start the game then again, it just doesn't react at all. When i try after having closed my computer all together and restarting it i sometimes have more luck.
What can cause this? I play on 1920x1080.

Leon

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William-Faure☮️ Author
William-Faure☮️

Have you tried launching RealRTCW alone?

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foo_jam2002
foo_jam2002

Job well done.

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vicpas
vicpas

Hi, Leon
I am happy seeing you here again.

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SPY-maps
SPY-maps

thanks and greetings,

Leon

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AidenDemon
AidenDemon

Well, now I can give you all my respect for your hard work on TDA Remastering! You have made the huge work with scripts, leveldesign, UI and sounds. Congratulations and wish you to not stop growing up! Finally you show your and your RtCW skills. but marketing talent not spoiling your developer abilities! Good work!

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William-Faure☮️ Author
William-Faure☮️

Thank-you, AidenDemon. 👍

You're right - I too think I have indeed learned a lot from my past mistakes as a creator. Spent too long on "spreading the word" (marketing as you said) back in the days. But feedback and reviews - positive or negative - helped me forge myself a new mindset. Thus I worked harder and harder on learning new skills these three past years, in order to become a true RTCW map maker and modder this time.

Anyways, thanks for your kind words and continued support, especially after all those years! I hope you enjoy the new mod! ✌️

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