Spring news update for Exterminatus, Warhammer 40,000 themed mod for Half-Life 2. After ending January on a high note with the first publicly playable release of EX we followed up with a small patch (5.01) a week later to add a much requested automatic team balancing feature.
Our thanks goes out everyone that helped make the release a success. To the server operators who hosted EX servers, the testers who fought to make it solid, the contributors who gave us so much of their time and to the hundreds of players who downloaded and are playing the beta, THANK YOU ALL.
Since the 5.01 patch we've been working on addressing the issues raised on the EX forum and reported on our IRC channel ( #rspecies2 on the Quakenet network ) and improving to the mission objective system. The new patch (5.02) is being released today on our downloads page. A list of the changes in 5.02 can be found on our forum ( What's coming up in beta 5.02 ).
A pack containing the original source files for the space marine model textures has been released via the forum. The idea of the pack is to help fans of the many space marine chapters add them into EX. Fed up playing Ultramarines? Now you can add your favorite chapter and play as them instead.
Since the playable beta represents the final milestone in the grand plan for Exterminatus we are now entering a new planning phase to decide how EX will develop. We've had many requests and suggestions from new players that have being incorporated into a poll to help us decide what goes into the next major update. Place your vote to decide what goes into EX next.
We are hoping more people will want to contribute to EX and help improve on the quality and quantity of it's features, now that they have tasted the fruits of our labor. We could use help in all departments of the mod: PR, Voice Acting, Mapping, Modeling, Animation, 2D Art, Sound Effects and Coding.
Finally there has been some trouble with the 40ksource email system since the public beta was released. Apologies if you've been trying to contact us at the usual address and not getting any response. It should all be resolved now.