What is M.I.N.E.?
M.I.N.E. is an acronym which stands for:
M.I.N.E. showcases what is possible when multiple works are combined (with the author's permission) to form a single mod.
An exhibition in the power of community united, M.I.N.E. promises to deliver enhanced gunplay, enhanced gameplay, new enemies, an EasyEconomy economy balance, as well as top-notch visual and audio works. See the features page for an on-going list of features included.
How It All Began
Separation | Anxiety began this project some years ago, mostly out of personal interest in furthering his own STALKER experience. However, over time, more and more content was added until it became evident that an entirely different experience had evolved from the simple base changes in economy and trader files.
Finally, the time had come.
Over the past weeks, he began contacting each of the major contributors of content for the M.I.N.E. mod, and asked them to allow their content to be included in the compilation. One by one, each agreed. Others provided their approval in the form of written read-me's, which allowed for use of their content provided proper credit was given.
Now, we are pleased to bring you this wonderfully exciting, fresh glimpse into the STALKER universe, with top-of-the-line graphics, a completely new original score, enhanced audio, reworked dynamic combat music, an EasyEconomy, and much, much more.
What is M.I.N.E. Is Yours.
If I correctly understand M.I.N.E. will use some OGSM features?
Graphics and weapons in M.I.N.E. are awesome but what about the sleeping bag and freeplay after finishing the main quest ?
Well, as far as features go, we are using OGSM weapons. Gameplay features for M.I.N.E. isn't my area unless scripting is involved, so I'll let Separation | Anxiety answer this.
The main features being used from OGSM are the weapons; even they are tuned and changed accordingly.
The primary mod that M.I.N.E. is built off of is Faction Fronts, from which we were able to obtain Predator_828's permission. That includes both freeplay, the Sleeping Bag, and the Wish Granter menu as well. Also, quick hard saves (Pressing "S" on the Main Menu) will be supported as well. All of the new weapons, suits, and items will be added to the Wish Granter as well.
Looks very good so far.
What's the ETA on release?
I would think that TBD (To Be Decided) would be fairly obvious.
Truth be told, if anythings holding up the release, its me. Separation is waiting on several things from me, and RL has priority, and its quite busy right now for the next month or so. I am working on them when I get the time.
So, it'll be done when both Separation and I are finished with all our bits and pieces for M.I.N.E.
As Fluffy indicates, there is a lot going on with the mod. Right now we are rigorously testing the current build (the reason you see so much new media appearing lately).
This will gradually subside as we move into a second phase of adding additional features, new code, and then test the new additions.
While I can't speak to a specific release date, do work in earnest to ensure that we save the community a long, extended, drawn out development process wherever possible. Ultimately, though, we intend to deliver a quality mod and that sometimes takes time.