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So, I made a post at the start of the year stating that The Core would in fact NOT be coming out by March 31st. I also said that some time within 2021 was still a realistic goal.

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So, I made a post at the start of the year stating that The Core would in fact NOT be coming out by March 31st. I also said that some time within 2021 was still a realistic goal.

This is sadly no longer the case. The reason being, I got a new job. Well... a second job I should say.

Level 5 Dormitory Storage Area

Earlier this year, I reacted to a piece of concept art put out by 3DRealms on Twitter. I was... a little excited trying to wrap my mind around what this unannounced FPS game could be. Then, out of nowhere, I was contacted by Frederik Schreiber, the Vice President and Executive Producer at 3DRealms. Long story short, he offered me a job and I pounced on the opportunity.

So I am now officially a level designer at 3DRealms, working on two projects. One is Core Decay, an immersive sim along the lines of Deus Ex and System Shock, as well as another unannounced FPS title. This is basically what I will be doing during the time when I would usually be working on The Core. Obviously, this means that I won't have a whole lot of time for this anymore, at least for the near future. Who knows what lies ahead.

Level 5 Dormitory Storage Area

For the record, I am NOT cancelling the mod. A lot of people have done far too much work on this for it to be outright scrapped. I'm simply saying that updates will be a lot more scarce for the time being and the release date is once again up in the air.

Hopefully, in the meantime, you will enjoy the work I provide for the projects over at 3DRealms? :)

As always, I will remain active on Twitter (@Urby1986) and on Discord should you wish to vent at me, but I'm sure you can appreciated that this is a really great opportunity that I don't intend to squander.

All the best,
Urby

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BionicCoyote
BionicCoyote

I'm happy for you man! That sounds like a great opportunity!

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Andy_Shou
Andy_Shou

Living the dream pal! Looking forward to seeing what you put out in the future.

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DarkShift
DarkShift

I've chosen to usually be silent, besides posting reviews and my playthroughs, but not this time :

being a mod developer is a free hobby which for some of lucky ones, can be the first step before getting into the world of retail games.

That was the case for Andreas Ronnberg with Afraid of Monsters and Cry of Fear before getting to work with DICE, also with Mxthe with Underhell before getting to work on Insanity (and working his way up to the lead designer job!), also with Adam Foster with Minerva before getting to work with VALVe... etc...

I'm of course always a bit sad - for us, the players - when I hear news like that, but, for you who have put so much work and skill in this project - among others (TWHL Tower 2, etc... I've not forgotten Ruled by Insanity :D), I'm really happy, also for such a great studio as 3D Realms, that's really a lifetime achievement.

Maybe you'll finish The Core in 2022, 2025, who knows, I'll always be watching anyways :D

Good luck for your new projects, you can be proud on what you did (and what you'll do).

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monster_urby Author
monster_urby

Thanks DarkShift. You've been around for as long as I can remember and it's always good to hear from you. I'm very grateful.

The Core will release one day, and hopefully shortly after, appear in a full playthrough video on your channel. ;)

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wolfprince1
wolfprince1

Not gonna lie, was angry to hear it's been delayed AGAIN but a job at 3D Realms?! WOW, lucky you.

Still gonna watch this like a hawk and wish you the best, dude

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flippedoutkyrii
flippedoutkyrii

Probably the best news I've heard of regarding a Mod getting delayed, this sounds like a hell of an opportunity, Urby!

Sucks that the mod is gonna be put on the backburner for a bit but these new projects sound exciting!

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IOviSpot
IOviSpot

Yeah, I can definitely relate... It's just not easy when you're no more than at least five devs. (Are you tho? xd) Just put bread on top and you'll get it through free time.

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BrussTrigger
BrussTrigger

I am very happy for you, I hope the best for your future buddy!

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OnyeNacho
OnyeNacho

So this mod is postponed?

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Pauolo
Pauolo

Glad for you that you got a job at 3DRealms, and I wish you good luck as well. :)

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Foxtrop
Foxtrop

about time they give you a job

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23-down
23-down

I can only agree on with my previous writers especially @DarkShift who nails it spot on. Good luck to you @Urby it's a well deserved opportunity for you.

I just hope that 'The Core' will see day light one day. Having witnessed such things before I know that words are written fast but ambition can fade easily due to exhaustion etc. how ever I won't paint the devil onto the wall.

So once more best of luck to you and your family. I can imagine it ain't easy raising a toddler and fulfilling two jobs + caring for your wife all at the same time.

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Kazemeka
Kazemeka

You got me more hyped on that Core Decay game than on The Core. Damn, it's so great that a talented man as you will get to work on a really cool game.

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staticanimal
staticanimal

as good as the news is on a personal level i'm very hyped for the release of this mod in 2030

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Hezus
Hezus

Damn it, Urby. You really need to get your priorities straight! We, THE COMMUNITY, demand that you finish what you started and give us The Core, a MOD you've poured hours and hours of your personal free time into and for which we shall not pay you a dime. Afterwards we might give you a thumbsup or an average moddb rating and an 'that was pretty ok'. AND YOU WILL LIKE IT.

This 'getting hired by a real games company' is just another EXCUSE to not give us what we have been waiting for FOR SO LONG. Even though you totally deserve that job because you are a very talented designer, we cannot just stand by and watch you stop giving up your free time. We demand you stop getting a fair wage for your work and get back to work for us for no compensation whatsoever!

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Rakym
Rakym

Attention! Notice the sarcasm! (a hint for people who do not understand such things. Yes, there are such people. Many.)

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nopushbutton
nopushbutton

Nice, congrats Urby!
We've all been waiting for The Core a long while, we can wait a little longer :)

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fresco
fresco

Congrats on your job! Well deserved :)
Take your time with the mod, but please do not forget about us and your promosing project.

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dinnerblaster1
dinnerblaster1

"Quite a nasty piece of work you managed over there. I am impressed.

That’s why I’m here, Mr. Urby. I have recommended your services to my employers, and they have authorized me to offer you a job. They agree with me that you have limitlessssss potential.

You’ve proved yourself a decisive man, so I don’t expect you’ll have any trouble deciding what to do. If you’re interested, just step into the portal and I will take that as a yes.

Otherwise...well...I can offer you a battle you have no chance of winning. Rather an anticlimax, after what you’ve just survived.

Time to choose." - 3D Realms' hiring agent, the exact words

No but seriously it's only fair that you get noticed and rewarded for your talent and all hard work put into this mod, so God speed with the new job and the new projects you get to tackle! We will wait for whatever time it takes for The Core to be in a complete state, and I'm sure that the professional game dev experience will ultimately also benefit the mod.

"Wisely done, Mr. Urby. I will see you up ahead."

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MotherFvcker
MotherFvcker

Whoah! Nice! You working on any build engine stuff?

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PMDLEADERSHINX
PMDLEADERSHINX

Good luck and Congrats on being hired by 3DRealms

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Aynekko
Aynekko

All the screenshots you provided so far tell me you totally deserve the job. Congratulations. And thank you for not cancelling the mod. For me it doesn't matter if it comes out 10 years later. Please finish it.

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MrGnang
MrGnang

This is fantastic news - I have wishlisted Core Decay and wish you all the best :)

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TheRenegadist
TheRenegadist

Congrats Urb, that's a keeper.

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Beez-one
Beez-one

What a way to announce two games at once! :D

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ReflexF.N.
ReflexF.N.

I am so happy for you!! :D

And as a huge fan of both System Shock (1&2) and Deus Ex (in fact they are among my top 5 games), as well as other immersive sims, I am so happy that another immersive sim is being developed! We don't have enough immersive sims in the world, unfortunately.

I will be following 3DRealms and Core Decay.

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Rinnr
Rinnr

congrats man for getting a job on 3d realms

maybe another 5 year or 2030

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hoasd1
hoasd1

Congrats for being an dev in 3d realms!

I think you made a wise choice about accepting as you are worthy of it.

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FoxyBit
FoxyBit

Congratulations! I know how hard it is to get a job doing what you love, and to be headhunted is the ultimate compliment for anyone. It's always a shame when mods like this are delayed, but it can't be helped. But just think how long we waited for Black Mesa ;)

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PropperNem
PropperNem

Goddamn! Congrats on the job dude!

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