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Update about the state of the mod, and a preview of features and bugfixes that will be present in the next patch.

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Current Status

Hello all. It has been a long time since I have last updated the page. As some of you may be aware, I have had some real life issues keeping me away from the keyboard. Most notably, my fourth child has been born, and I have been scrambling to get things ready for the new baby. That, and I was hospitalized fairly recently with a severe case of pneumonia. Thankfully, I've been lucky enough to avoid catching COVID-19. Both my wife and I are high risk groups that would be severely affected by the disease. I have been meaning to return to the mod, but I honestly have just been exhausted by everything going on.

That being said, the short bursts that I have been developing in have been very fruitful, since a large part of this next patch is going to be bugfixes. I've received a lot of reports about bugs in v7, and the next patch, v7.1, has been laser-focused on addressing them. The following are some of the more major problems that have been fixed:

  • Lots of crashes fixed.
  • Many cases of misaligned ironsights have been corrected.
  • Suspects now have a cooldown timer for penalties. Previously, if you shouted at a suspect who was firing a weapon at you, and they became compliant, it was possible to receive a penalty if your projectile hits them even one frame later. This isn't fair, especially when considering weapons such as the ARWEN which have projectiles that don't travel instantaneously. There's now some wiggle room added to accommodate for things such as slow projectiles, lag, hitches, etc.
  • Suspects can't be "juked" by running around all over the place any more. Previously, it was possible to run in circles around low skill suspects to avoid being shot. This isn't possible any more, because suspects now don't need to lock on to their target in order to start shooting. (SWAT AI still need to, because SWAT need to be accurate!) As a result, you might notice that the suspect AI is significantly more dangerous than before...
  • Lightsticks don't fall through the floor anymore, for real this time. Using the power of physics®, lightsticks have been engineered to not fall through solid surfaces. And even if they did, the old fix (having them respawn back in bounds) still exists.
  • MP5SD6 will now reset from lowready position properly and won't block the sights.
  • Nightvision goggles are now visible in third person.
  • Suspects now shoot at doors again when barricading.

Other changes

There have been a number of other changes and minor feature additions. For example, custom skins can now alter your first person hand textures. There is now a "round in the chamber" system for added realism.

Two of the new features that I want to talk about in depth are changes that I want to expand on in the future: target acquisition and weapon variations.

Target Acquisition

In SWAT 4, AI in the level are either suspects, civilians, or SWAT. There's no overlap between the roles of suspects and civilians. If you've memorized the way that suspects and civilians sound, you'll know instantly if someone is a suspect or a civilian. And if you aren't sure, the zipcuff prompt will always tell you. When diving into the code a bit further, there does appear to be some intent by Irrational Games to make the lines a bit fuzzy at times. Consider the bodyguards for Hyun-Jun Park for example. They actually won't fire upon you if you announce yourself as being police (go ahead and try it in the vanilla game if you don't believe me). Even if their morale is set to maximum, they always do this, because they follow a strict Guard archetype. Likewise, Carl Jennings on The Wolcott Projects will never actually attack you, even if you don't announce yourself first. Despite this, they're both dumped into the same category as suspects.

When you consider challenges in policing, probably one of the biggest is knowing whether a contact will act with intent to harm. It is why all targets on a level in SWAT 4 need to be handcuffed, regardless of whether they have a weapon. So with v7.1, I'm going to start blurring the lines a little bit with what is considered a suspect and what isn't considered a suspect.

Prior to v7.1, if SWAT saw a civilian, they would announce that the target is unarmed. If SWAT saw a suspect, they would announce that the target is a suspect. In v7.1 this is changed: if a target is armed, SWAT will announce that they've spotted a suspect, otherwise, they will announce that the target is unarmed. This applies to both mirror results and approaching targets. I will be making further changes to blur the lines at a later point in time.

Weapon Variations

There are a lot of weapons in SWAT: Elite Force. Some of them are just minor variations of one another. Consider the M4A1 - in v7.1 there are twelve different ways to pack this weapon. That's a lot of entries in dropdown boxes. Finding the exact weapon you want through all of the noise is going to be chaos.

I've already shown off screenshots of this feature, but the list of weapons will be reduced to just base weapons, and you'll be able to pick variations of that weapon. For example, Submachine Guns might include the MP5A4 and UMP45. From the MP5A4 choice, you'll be able to pick options such as No attachments, Holographic Sights, Suppressed, or Suppressed + Holographic Sights. Each of these options has different drawbacks, such as a change in weight or how the weapon handles.

This seems like a really minor change, but I'd like to open this up to modders. Inevitably, people are going to want their own custom weapon skins to be a feature, and that's where weapon variations can come in. One really interesting mod I've seen lately has the ladder sights opened up for the HK69, and that's just one example of what a user-created weapon variation can do.

Closing Statements

I know it has been a long time since I've posted anything, and I will certainly make good on releasing v7.1 in a timely fashion. In the meantime, you can keep track on our official Discord (see the link ingame, or in the mod description), and you can always view the most recent changelog on GitHub. The link I've provided will always be the most up-to-date version of the changelog.

Comments
Strogglet15
Strogglet15

Thanks for your mod, I am glad to see that despite all the bad things going on, like your pneumonia, it hasn't hampered your desire to mod this great game.

I'd say "good luck" on your recovery but...Who needs luck? You don't.
So instead, Good Hunting, go arrest that pneumonia!

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Argeomer
Argeomer

I have to download this mod again to play with my brother :) It is still awesome and how it is being updated is awesome!

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Guest
Guest

Hey eezstreet!

Thank you for taking your time to make the game better, have a good day!

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SeriousToni
SeriousToni

Great job - thanks for all the hard work!

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VnimanyeStalker
VnimanyeStalker

Just wanna say thank you very much for making this amazing mod and hope you are healthy:)

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Guest
Guest

Thank you so much for still going on with the mod

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CFSO2615
CFSO2615

Have tried 7.1 just downloaded on github and Compiled, I want to report a small bug here, as I don't have account for Discord:
The camber+1 also applies to Uzi and M249 in the game, that shouldn't be, as these weapon are bolt open holding.

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StalkerAnomalyPlayer
StalkerAnomalyPlayer

Love everything, only slightly concerned about the weapon variation. I understand a lot of the firearms are merely remodels however it would sure be great to see slight tweaks and changes made to them if possible to make them each more unique. I see 90% of players run the Aimpoint M4A1 or SCAR, but still having those other rifle variants adds some diversity. Also would hate to see the 8-10 rifles go down to 3-5. Ontop of that the SMG roster is rather unique,although coming in at only 5-6 options. But I feel if you add some red dot options to the SMG's it would make more players use them. Also hope the pistols stay the way they are, and or more are added. I hope you and your family remain safe and well, and we will patiently await SWAT : Elite Force release 7.1!. Thank you so much eezstreet

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Guest
Guest

Just like to say, thank you so much. Really, this is such a great game and I'm thankful for people like you and SomeOrdinaryGamers for bringing a lot more people to the SWAT 4 community and expanding it.

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meow81
meow81

Plaese come on ,release the update.

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Mored
Mored

Thanks for the hard work, despite personal issues.

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Guest
Guest

i want to play pvp with my friends but when i start the game i start as a spectator how do i fix it

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Guest
Guest

Played the hell out of this when version 7 came out. Amazing with voice commands!
Was super excited to see that there was an update, but now I see its just an announcement, not the actual update! Bit crestfallen...
Oh well, can't complain over your excellent work on this, but really looking forward to seeing the actual next version.

Thanks for this!

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xBladeM6x
xBladeM6x

I just recently went down the rabbit hole of tactical shooters, but kept hearing SWAT 3/4 were the best games in the genre, and I can't help but agree. I'm new to these games and this mod is awesome.

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bench00k
bench00k

how close is this to releasing? ... 😬😅

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Guest
Guest

Just wanted to say thanks a lot for making and updating this mod. It's incredible.

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Taronne
Taronne

Hello friend, I hope that despite the personal problems you are doing well, I just wanted to ask when you will be releasing SEF v7.1, I am looking forward to it and I know you will do great!

Thank you very much

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Rice_County
Rice_County

Nice, good job, dude. I hope that you have fixed the FOV.

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Guest
Guest

when i reload theres no sound for it

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xTopGaming
xTopGaming

when I reload theres no soumd for it, and the crossair thing donst show up when ytou disable it

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