First look at gameplay, and new screenshots
Work is still ongoing, and the project is progressing as expected - so, don't you worry, keeping you in the dark really was intended, especially since I don't want to show too much before you get your hands on the full thing. But I'm not a mean person (or at least, I try not to be one, I suppose). So, as a way to celebrate both aforementioned anniversaries, I have released a gameplay preview of the mod, earlier today. Please note that this video showcases footage of the current development stage (Pre-Alpha). It's still a work-in-progress, as stated in the beginning.
I'd also like to highlight the fact that the level featured here, Gold Rush, is what I call a "hybrid" mission, since the first half is total-stealth, and the other half is total-action. This gameplay premiere shows glimpses of the first half, the stealth part. The other half, the action part, features elements such as a tank and a few allied characters, which do not appear in the first part showcased here. Why am I saying this? Well, I know some of you may not like stealth at all, so I just wanted to highlight how I'm fully aware of this. Anyways, enough chit-chat. Enjoy!
Did you like it? Feel free to let me know. In addition to this gameplay video, new screenshots have been released, showcasing the Fuel Dump mission, right below.
I have also decided to release two screenshots of the main menu, for once. As you may have noticed in the gameplay footage, my intent is to emulate the ET user interface with the heads-up-display, and that also includes main and in-game menus, loading screens, etc... Of course, vanilla game users will have the ability to turn off this feature, and switch between RTCW and ET interfaces.
The mission select menu is probably the most innovative part of the interface, since it allows you to select the level you want to play just by clicking on its location on the world map. When you scroll over the corresponding pin, you get to read the briefing file of the mission, while details regarding the objectives await you in the loading screen, and inside your in-game notebook. I have also included a difficulty slider, similarly to The Dark Army: Uprising.
Enemy Territory's cut campaign characters (exclusive discovery)
The screenshots above are some of the rare visuals of the missing squad-based single-player campaign of Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, from the Pre-Alpha stage of development, courtesy of Gamer-Info.com.
I have analyzed them closely, in order to improve our current project's vision to recreate the cut content to the best we can. Today, I’d like to share my analysis.
As you can see, we can actually learn a lot from these, more that catches the eye on first sight, and what follow are exclusive revelations about Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory's cut single-player campaign.
From the looks of it, the squad-based SP mode had the player commanding the same bunch of 5 squad members in all maps: Abate (a soldier), Graham (a medic), Waters (an engineer), McDermott (a field ops), and Ramirez (a covert ops). And as you can see in the third screenshot, there were sometimes guest characters, as indicated by the presence of a sixth member to the squad, in the left-corner list: Agent2 (a soldier).
Each member of the squad had a different class assigned to them, and owned unique skills based on their class. We already mentioned that last time, in the reveal update. However, the screenshots provide us with a better idea of what said skills were.
Now, some of you may recognize this promotional art of Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, right below.
Don't these folks look familiar? They're indeed the characters of the cut single-player campaign of the game, showcased in the screenshots above. It's easy to put a name on them now because, since we know which name is related to which class, all there is to do is to match these with a character, using their outfits as indication (the uniforms speak for themselves). Not to mention that the gameplay screenshots above also provide us with visual confirmations of such “speculations”.
Here are screenshots featuring several of these characters, in what appears to be the Gold Rush map. I have provided analysis right below them.
Despite our project's aim not to include the squad-based gameplay element, because of the fact it will also be cooperative, I am glad to announce that these characters will still appear in the campaign. And yes, their respective roles in the story will be based on their class, which will also be respected.
Before we conclude this news update, here are a few more rare Pre-Alpha screenshots, from the multiplayer part of the game this time. There's no valuable information to extract from them, but they give us an early look at some familiar environments, so it's still kind of interesting and worth seeing.