This is still in the air, but I think moving to the Call of Chernobyl platform is the best bet to get a working mod out. I've done enough digging to know that porting the story to the better platform is easier then trying to make Clear Sky work right.
I hate the idea of abandoning CS, but the game is incredibly dated at this point and the SDK is just fucking awful. Team Epic has made an awesome mod with CoC with an updated tool kit that we don't have to worry about crashing at the slightest error. And I think we can get the story ported over fairly quickly.
CoC includes all the maps and then some from all three games. Clear Sky only cover's the original SoC maps. Since CoC has all these extra maps, it would probably be criminal to not use them. I don't mean all, just to expand Scar's story to include some.
So....any story tellers want to sign on? We need someone who can write dialog and come up with a script that is similar to the original story, but expanded on.
NOTE: I'll post a dev blog later this week once we figure all of this out. Also, we aren't throwing anything away other then the base game. Clear Sky is basically a beta for Call of Pripyat, 99% of the assets are interchangeable and its just a matter of taking the CS story, plugging it into CoC, and expanding upon it. I'm going to see if there is an original story to CS also, I bet there is a crapton of cut content.
So I've been working on this mod for several years now. Took a break for the last 8 months or so because the X-Ray SDK is so fucking awful that it was driving me nuts. Its a small miracle that GSC actually managed to make 3 functional games with it.
This whole thing is still up in the air, but the team is thinking about switching platforms to Call of Chernobyl. The cleaned up code alone makes it worth doing and it has an actual tool set that doesn't crash at the slightest error. It also has working alife and includes ALL of the maps from three games plus the cut ones. Like 32 or something like that. and side missions, etc. Its a huge modders resource.
To me, it would be criminal to waste all of those maps, and the original Clear Sky story only covers the Shadow of Chernobyl maps. I think what we need is a good story teller who can write dialog and expand on the original. I can do the actual scripting, but I need a story and dialog to plug in.