SITREP - Week 026

published Friday, 18 Nov. 2011, 15:45 by Reese

Level visual and network code are progressing, yada yada.. Hey, this is actually starting to look and feel like a game :)

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Team debriefing

Kim
Kim (ZPSHicks)
Game Director

"Last week I finished Area A inside the CR1 map, which was all about establishing one large bunker building with two sub-levels, inspired heavily by one of the rooms from our Operations map in-development, with tunnels connecting the complex with the terrain around each side.

Yesterday I finally got Area B finalized as well, with some very interesting combat areas centered around a small tree story complex building which is lowered inside a pit of inter-connecting areas and tunnels (Picture of the Week shows a bit of this concept).

Before this sprint ends at launch Tuesday next week, I'll give our 5 weather prototypes an overhaul to move us forward here as well. :)".

heks
Mikael (heks)
Lead Programmer

"I've been working on getting the marine animation prototype up and running properly in a networked session. As was expected this has spawned a bunch of questions, of which some of them have been answered, while others will hopefully be answered at the end of our current sprint (next week). The questions are mostly related to technical design decisions.

All things considered most of my concerns/questions are minor ones. I'm still happy with the way things are progressing, although it looks like we'll have to cut some features to be able to meet our release on time.".

Scribblehead
Jesper Andersen (Scribblehead)
Concept Artist

"This week has been set in the world of SketchUp - have been trying to come up with a building design for Deadlock from which Kim can use modules for other things (this prevents the need for very specialized types) - like with the "shack" modules i needed to come up with a modular system for a "bunker'ish" structure.

The final concept idea is pretty ambitious, so i'm looking really forward to showing it off at some point (i'm not sure if the final assets will be ready for the launch of deadlock though)…

Thats pretty much it for me, not too much else is going on, weapons are still ongoing too - but i haven't had time to develop them any further yet :(

Oh oh oh, thank you for all the name suggestions, there's some great ones in there :D".


"Research time"
"Research time"

Anders
Anders (cptKickASS)
Lead Artist

"This week I have been assisting mister Heks with getting animation moved onto our marine pawn. I have also started prepping for shooting the weapon (visually speaking), and digging out the old gun fx from Running Man. The animation pipeline had some final work done, so that I can export separate animations for the weapons".




Jess
Jess (NecroSonic)
Level Designer

"SARA: Entry mismatch. Subject appears to be offline. No record stored this week".






Nicolai
Nicolai (Reese)
CEO & Composer

"Concluding several admin tasks as well as looking into the wonderful world of basic audio coding. Next week I'll be focusing all my time working with sound design once again. Can't wait :)"








InterstellarMarines.com Summary

Picture of the Week 0047

This "late" Picture of the Week is taken near the "new" Area B on the Combat Range 1 Deadlock map, which has just gone through its 3rd Iteration internally. It's really exciting for us to slowly materialize where we'll soon be fighting each other in tense close quarter tactical combat!

 

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2 years, 5 months ago

1st :D

Looking good. Hopefully it runs on my MacBook Air.

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2 years, 5 months ago

cool!!! can't wait for this game!

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2 years, 5 months ago

I woke up extremely late today, but I woke up to a SITREP, so I'm all hyped already!

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2 years, 5 months ago

Woah, wait! Tuesday?!

Day after my birthday! BEST PRESENT EVER!!!!!!

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2 years, 5 months ago

did he just say Launch and tuesday, oooohhhhh happy day.

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2 years, 5 months ago

Launch at Tuesday?

...week-end reserved.

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2 years, 5 months ago

"sprint ends at launch tuesday next week"are you saying Deadlock is coming out on tuesday? :O

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2 years, 5 months ago

I think that's supposed to say 'lunch tuesday'

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2 years, 5 months ago

Could Deadlock really be coming out on Tuesday? I can't believe it.

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2 years, 5 months ago

I think you can expect something playable but not Deadlock. The guns are not fully operational yet. But it's moving forward nicely :-)

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2 years, 5 months ago

Oooh WAIT - I have that Star Wars book, I did cross sections like crazy when I was twelve!

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2 years, 5 months ago

What launch!? Beta testing?!

Hey! You stole my Star Wars Complete Cross Section! Oh wait, I still have mine ... nvm! Keep up the good work! PEW PEW

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2 years, 5 months ago

You too? Awesome!

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2 years, 5 months ago

ON TUESDAY IM GOING TO BE SPEARHEAD HELL YAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
seorsly when is this game coming out??!!!!

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2 years, 5 months ago

Well, Tuesday we'll have a first iteration of Deadlock, then... Well, it's still a long way to go until Interstellar Marines: First Contact is finished. Nobody can tell.

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2 years, 5 months ago

oh poo you say long time i say by 2012

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2 years, 5 months ago

next live demo WE WANT SHARK CREATURES XD

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2 years, 5 months ago

This is only a "sprint" in terms of scrum - so that basicly means the devs made themselves a goal (we dont know if that is a playable deadlock or not) that is supposed to be reached next week. So dont get your hopes up guys ;)

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2 years, 5 months ago

@All

Sorry for the confusion, gals/guys .. InfectedDingo and forgefire are right, I meant to write Lunch, which is where our current Sprint ends. So, yet again my fixation on Launch-able weapons, releases etc. have spawned confusions! :)

I can tell you this much; we have a very ambitious release date for Deadlock 0.0.1, which is before the world explodes in fireworks ... with the release of the very basic iteration 01 of our multiplayer, that we'll then further expand on and make better with each Sprint moving forward after the initial release! (Minecraft style) :)

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2 years, 5 months ago

Will you do a "end of sprint" SITREP ? IMHO that would make sense.

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2 years, 5 months ago

@Hral: Another green marine support badge, JAWSOME! :)

Sure thing, the overarching plan moving forward past the initial Deadlock release, will most diffidently allow to share our Sprint commitments pre and post sprint; because we'll all be playing these updates, tweaks, additions etc, when we continuously updates Deadlock with our work as frequent as possible! :)

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2 years, 5 months ago

well can you guys make a guesse whe n IM first contact might come out
and what will the next live demo be shark creatures. and finaly when might we see the aliens

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2 years, 5 months ago

Lookin' good.

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2 years, 5 months ago

to my recant reasearch i discovered running man came 5 months after bullsye so after
deadlock the next alpha realese iin theory will be in april (my b-day) after the 6th
chapter of the beta is what i bilieve is next so in another 5 months septembre 2012
10 days before the actual game realese! FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME
tis is all a hypothiseis (a theory)

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2 years, 5 months ago

@marine565_spred the full game wont come out for a long while ;) I think it is safe to say that it wont happen in 2012.

Even if running man came 5 months after bullseye, deadlock has taken a lot longer to develop. The team is smaller than it used to be so things take time - we just have to accept that ;)

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2 years, 5 months ago

well deadlock took 4 months after running man but this is a theory and plus if you havnt noticed there progressing really well the guys at zps are hardworking game genuises
i am very patient but i have been reaserching for 3 days this is what i know they
have good proggreison in campain all multiplayer modes seem done i think co op is next each demo represents there progression the vault they have got some basic mechanics bullseye
guns are next running man campain is doing well deadlock multiplayer is almost done
the next of previews are not far so us marines got to push it to the limit to help these guys
at zps

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2 years, 5 months ago

Well, many of us have been following around for months or YEARS... ;) The Vault came out 25 months ago, five months after the site was launched; then Bullseye took about 3.5 months, 4.5 months for Running Man, then there was a fundraising phase with a little bit of time spent for making a Kongregate-ready version of Bullseye. In March 2011, real work for Deadlock began, which is eight months and counting. It will take a long time for a ready-for-public version of Deadlock to be released, so let's assume Deadlock will have taken ten months to a year of development until it's finished.

The next thing would be a mini-campaign with cooperative multiplayer, propably similar to Running Man, but with the updates to the engine Unity 3.5 (or 4.0?) will give us and Deadlock's multiplayer architecture and updated graphics, which means more open areas, better lighting, propably downloadable. I don't think this can be done in less time than Deadlock. So - even the work for the First Contact Campaign will propably not even start in 2012.

Of course they are hardworking geniuses, why do you think I'm writing in yellow? But they are less than a dozen people at a time, so it takes time. Be patient, Marine. We will engage. Just not right now.

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2 years, 5 months ago

oh buddy have you NOT watched and read anuthing really? for example photo sesion was actauly FROM first contact campain running man is the first 3 days of campain deadlock is a taste of the versus multiplayer..... i think chapter 7 will be a demo for shark creatures like the one using unreal engine chapter 8 will be first contact BETA. guys they are currently making the full game with demo thou they are more fuccused on demo slowly there working on campain they are currently getting nick nacks in shape and are intensly adding new stuff like a weak ago with the armour stuff . they are in a proccess of make and add on. PS im becoming a spearhead soon :)

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2 years, 5 months ago

If you heard that loud thump, it was my head hitting the table.

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2 years, 5 months ago

as they say "Patience is a deed" & "Paitence pays" - over time :)

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2 years, 5 months ago

This community is commonly known to be the friendliest and most forgiving FPS community in the world, but really, marine565_spred? You are way off and you are misinterpreting a lot of things. The photo session is a rendering simply made from 3d software and doesn't contain any gameplay. Running Man is a playable prologue as it's not nearly as "rich" as the campaign is supposed to be (only one weapon, no coop, for example). Deadlock will propably be very close to actual finished versus multiplayer in First Contact, but of course not contain as much equipment, weapons and options. There was one Demo level finished in Unreal Engine 3 which was shown to publishers during GDC 2008, but since the "reboot" with Unity and AAA Indie, the focus has been on the playable slices. Only after Deadlock and the Coop Slice will have been made, they will start working on the real First Contact Campaign because they hope Deadlock and the Coop Slice will attract investors and more Spearheads. AAA Indie fundraising is not easy.

I seriously doubt that you should have better knowledge about the game than me or Dingo; I've been a member and Spearhead for well over a year now and I have read every single article, Question of the Week or Sitrep, I have watched every video and seen every picture of IM there is. I have played the s**t out of every slice and actually made some content (which menas, my avatar :D). You can trust me on this.

And there will not be any Spetsnaz. This is not Call of Duty.

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2 years, 5 months ago

*gives everyone a cookie*

this is why I just stopped after my last post in this thread ;)

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2 years, 5 months ago

OK FIRST OF ALL IM THE MOST FRIENDLY PERSON AND YOUR JUST GOING TO BE RUDE AND START BLABBARING ON something i was just kidding on spetnaz k!!!! AND I HAVE MUCH BETTAR KNOWLEGE OF THE GAME . LOOK I BET YOU WATCHED THAT PHOTO IT SAID IN GAME FOOTAGE
sigh look i am helpfull im actauly making some thing for zps on unity and plan to send to them.
i know what im doing. look im not some cod fanboy................................... I also have read the s!@# out of every thing!!! look i want this community friendly and forgiving not
like some other games. im just going to give every one cookie*gives everyone a cookie*

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2 years, 5 months ago

See! *smacks gortos on the arm*

I told you this would happen! You went and made someone grumpy!

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2 years, 5 months ago

Let's settle this.
marine565_spred has his opinion. Others may have another one.
After all, only time will tell...

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2 years, 5 months ago

who wants muffins?

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2 years, 5 months ago

Muffins? Now that's something entirely different. Would be a shame having such conflicts evolve within the community.

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2 years, 5 months ago

Shh! *punches Gortos in the chest* You're not allowed to talk anymore!

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2 years, 5 months ago

Sorry Empress

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2 years, 5 months ago

why do i try to be nice LOOK IM SORRY i offer muffins im trying to be nice.....
:( lets all say were sorry to each other how about bring the comunity back to its feat!!!!
we have to stop fighting and start helping marine s lets step it up we are spearheads we want to play IM so lets make it happen IM is published by US we GOT IM in our hands lets DO THIS *gives people muffins*

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2 years, 5 months ago

Wow, Dingo and Gortos bicker like a married couple.

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2 years, 5 months ago

Do not...

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2 years, 5 months ago

do to
XD

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2 years, 5 months ago

who wants after deadlock to fight shark creatures?

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2 years, 5 months ago

I am so glad I finish school on Wednesday~
I'll be even happier if I can run it on my laptop here. Macs are cursed with the inability to operate games well, and well, the awesomeness of Deadlock may be too much for my puny laptop to withstand.
Course if all else fails I can just use my Thu'um to make the laptop work.~

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2 years, 5 months ago

but really guys they have been working on Im for three years now the intial idea spawned back in 93 so I THINK THEY HAVE BEEN WORKING ON FIRST CONTACT A LOOOOONG TIME BEFORE COMMUNITY LAUNCH IN 2009 so i think we might actually see this game coming in some while there currently using unity (not the best engine for game as big as this) unity is complicated engine soooo they have had time. though they are mostly focused on the alpha realeses so they have alot on there hands but they are slowly working on first contact.
after first contact realse i think they will know more on what there trying to acomplish they know there guns there stuff and we might see IM 2 come out even better

now who wants muffins?

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2 years, 5 months ago

They have indeed been working on it before 2009 - have you checked out the looong gameplay vid from the Unreal Developers Demo, GDC 2008 in the Briefing Room? But only in 2009 they switched to Unity and had to start lots of things from scratch.

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2 years, 5 months ago

Haven't I said "Let's settle this."?
I mean it...

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2 years, 5 months ago

I don't want to argue with him at all, Sir. Just pointing out one fact.

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2 years, 5 months ago

ya i actauly did see the that im not mad! well back in2009 i think thats when they re did every thing

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2 years, 5 months ago

do you guys think this will be rated M i dont i think T for blood laguage and violenc e of course
hey gortos do you wish to jion my clan in IM as a specail membre? finaly i thin k there atleast 50% done ther eupgrading and add adding new stuff right well ya

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2 years, 5 months ago

Well the rating system tends to say anything with a gun and blood is M, rather silly if you ask me but whatever.
Honestly I think it should receive a T rating unless they plan to use profound language at certain parts of the game to emphasis the emotion of the situation. We all know shouting dangit isn't as powerful a statement as it's more crude equivalent. Regardless as I previously said the rating system tends to be over strict and thus it will probably be M.
Of course we can all just say the M stands for Marine. ;)

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2 years, 5 months ago

@ marine565_spred: You've got an IM Clan already? Wow :D
Also, if you want to know how much has already been done - just make it a proposal for the QotW (Question of the Week) as soon as the last one is finally answered. The developers will be glad to tell us aout every last bit of progress they have made!

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2 years, 5 months ago

I really wish I could find it, but I am quite sure that Kim has commented on the progress of first contact on the forums at some point, (We need a dev tracker!) and if I remmeber correct he basicly said that they have not started first contact content after the unity switch but are focused on the different slices instead.

I like the idea of rating the game "M" for marine hehe

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2 years, 5 months ago

THIS IS JUST A QUESTION FOR THE IM TEAM. WILL THERE BE ANY MEELEING IN DEADLOCK AS WELL AS WITH KNIFES?

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2 years, 5 months ago

well GOOD idea we need a dev tracer i did see that in forum and we might see first contact coming soon our mambye another year who knows?!! but i have known that ARE working on first contact but as far as i am concerned we dont need slices BUT THE GAME. we could have one more but that should be it. well the only bad word I EVER heared in the slices was sh**
so the language wouldnt be strong language so yea. there isnt any gore in IM that i know of.
so chances it will be T or pegi 15 0r 12.
for the love of the game.

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2 years, 5 months ago

Thing is, they need the slices. If they had the money, they propably would go right for First Contact, but they must first fundraise it, gain investors and new Spearheads and so on. Sadly, a disadvantage of AAA Indie.

FtLotG!

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2 years, 5 months ago

well they can use the 2008 demo mod it a bit than presto!!! the 8th slice could be a beta for first contact! one final thing how do you particpate in alpha realses? look i know they started using unity but if they want this game to turn to realty they should follow what i said!

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2 years, 5 months ago

Switching engine is a huge deal, it involves so many changes... They would be thrown back years. They stopped using Unreal because their prices were to high, they couldn't afford using it. I don't recall when exactly, but during one ATD, Hicks said they actually liked Unity a lot better and would definitely stick with it. If they switched back to Unreal, they'd propably lose a lot of time as all progress since 2009 would be gone.

Alpha releases should be released in the Briefing Room on top of the page, I guess.

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2 years, 5 months ago

thanks man i hope they can re create the 2008 demo on unity
hey did you know i camped in the alien jungle of kanzan for months with me and my men!

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2 years, 5 months ago

whoa whoa WHOA WAIT there are SHARK CREATURES I N DEADLOCK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
YEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSS OH YEAH SCORE *i get up an dance*
guys if you renembre the shark and the marine in the woods you know what i mean!!!

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