Welcome to Solitudes 34th news update!
While Solitudes has been progressing mostly in the art department, with features such as external textures, and HLBSP support that allows us to have a much wider variety of colours; we've had to really make the extra effort for each of our art assets to look there best. More colours means we can't use some of the old limited art in the latest Solitude build.
While most textures crossed over extremely well, some assets just didn't make the quality standard we were aiming for. One of these assets happened to be our most used and seen model; the Spartan. The model had issues when animated, it was not proportioned correctly and was generally not as attractive and detailed as our other assets. Xalener, our 'new guy' wanted to re-make a Spartan. I agreed that he should do it, not only because he's a fantastic 3D/2D artist, but also creates some halo outfits in real life; part of an online community dedicated to creating costumes from the Halo universe.
You can see comparison shots of the new (Slightly outdated now though) and old Spartan in the Image Gallery. This is a enormous change for the game, as the protagonist look is one of the key features of the game; it sticks into the players head. Multiplayer should now look and, with our new Spartan animations that Chruch has been working on behind the scenes, feel different.
A few members of Flaming Ice have also been throwing around the idea of hosting a podcast; we'd like to know what you think of the idea, and if you've got any hot topics or questions you'd like us to talk about or answer. Post your suggestion in the comments below, don't be to surprised if you hear our voices soon!
The OSMC deadline has ended, the winner has been chosen. Sadly, the announcement video is taking longer then expected to make due to technical difficulty's. However, I can say that we've narrowed the winner down to either Klammy, the creater of the Bulletz mod or Kaplin, the unknown new guy on the forums. Both very talented mappers, and both causing a few friendly arguments amongst the team (The saw off shotgun and Katana are already out, and waiting to be used!). The battle to be the special K of the forums has started!
(Get what I did there.... anyone)
Honourable mention to Busdriver, the creator of Allout, who narrowly missed out being in the top two. The map was fantastic to play, and very detailed. But the lack of custom textures, and un-optimizations it just couldn't compete with the other two maps. Great entry though!
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