Mod News: It’s All Going On


Last week, very little happened on the mod scene, aside from all those School Shooter shenanigans. This week, every mod in the world has received an update. No, seriously. Count them. Read on in order to do so, and to take a look at the most interesting happenings on the mod scene over the past seven days.

NEWS
There’s a really pretty Crysis mod in development, called Traction Wars. It’s a World War II mod, and yeah, we probably don’t need any more of those. But it really is a pretty soul, judging by the pre-release media. There’s some new screenshots, as well as some new info, beyond this link.

There’s also a news update from Halo mod Flood Campaign Project. This is a single-player campaign for the first Halo, in which you play as the enemy. How fun! Here are some new pics and other things.

I mentioned Mindworld a few weeks ago, I think. This is a Half-Life 2 mod very early in production, and hyper-ambitious, but one I’ve been keeping an eye on anyway, mainly because there are some great ideas bouncing around in here. And now… well, it isn’t going to be a Half-Life 2 mod any more. The team’s decided on UDK, so will be releasing a standalone indie game. That’s the last you’ll see of it here, then. Bye bye, Mindworld. I’ll still be watching you.

Meanwhile, StarCraft II mod Project Warfare has received a new media update. These screenshots are quite spectacular, frankly, so I’ve included one of them below. The single-player campaign is about 50 per cent complete, according to the devs, but they say they’re taking their time with this one. I’m glad.

RELEASES
Half-Life 2 single-player effort Precursors has been released. This is some impressively professional work set in the City 17 of a pre-Half-Life 2 era, and it’s garnering some positive reviews so far. Here’s where to get the mod, and here‘s where you can get the official soundtrack.

Plus, if you’re looking for a smaller mod, how about this music overhaul for Stalker: Clear Sky? I mean, it’s unlikely you’ll want to go back to Clear Sky anyway, but if you do, here’s a replacement ambient soundtrack for your enjoyment.

UPDATES
Another Half-Life 2 mod, Fistful of Frags, is finished after five years. Of course, you’ll have heard of this one before: it’s been playable for some time, in various alpha and beta versions. But now that tag’s dropped, and version 3.5 is a fully complete build of the game. There’s a new game mode, as well as plenty of tweaks that help shape this into a more complete game. Grab it on Desura, or via ModDB.

Elsewhere, but still in Valve Kingdom, Portal mod Gamma Energy has hit version 1.1. It adds a whole new chapter to the end of the game, as well as a bunch of other bonus content, such as work-in-progress maps that were cut before the mod’s release last August. It’s all been well-received so far, so why not head over to ModDB to download it?

Then there’s Fuel: Refueled, which has had a massive update this week. There’s a full change-log here, but the highlights are demo support, a new racing system which mixes up the vehicle types involved, some camera fixes, and some tweaks to the online mode. There’s also now a French version, and there’s a German one in the works. Lovely!

Furthermore, Frontlines R3L04D has hit version 6.1. This CoD4: Modern Warfare mod, as well as having a ludicrous name, now has a couple of new or updated gametypes, as well as some control tweaks. You can get it on ModDB.

More still? Why yes! Popular Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts mod Eastern Front has received an updated. It’s described as “an immense upgrade, if not re-design, of the Soviet side.” More details here, as well as some wallpapers and the like.

And absolutely finally, Fallout: New Vegas mod Vault 24 has hit version 0.5. Still a long way from complete, this mod now has a new level, and a completed version of an old level. I quite like how this is releasing part-by-part. It’s a nice idea, and a great way of getting feedback as production chugs along. Grab the latest version from ModDB.

’til next time, dears.

30 Comments

  1. Meneth says:

    Shameless self-promotion:
    Dominon of the Sword, an upcoming (beta is planned to start roughly in June) Medieval 2: Total War has had a couple of previews lately:
    link to twcenter.net
    link to twcenter.net
    ~Meneth – DotS scripter

  2. Sudogamer says:

    Seriously, though… When will Black Mesa be released?!

  3. tomeoftom says:

    Please tell me that van’s skimming across the surface of the ocean.

    • Dominic White says:

      It may well be! There’s a ‘drive on water’ optional module for Refueled.

  4. ReV_VAdAUL says:

    Morrowind Rebirth has also been released this week: link to moddb.com

    I haven’t played it yet so I can’t comment though.

  5. Dominic White says:

    I’ve been playing a preview build of the new Fuel: Refueled mod. I’ll say this now:

    Buy the game on Steam (it’s dirt cheap now) and get that mod NOW, because while not *perfect* yet, it goes a very long way to making it into the game it should have been.

    The biggest change is the whole campaign structure is altered. Rather than each race having one or two vehicle types able to enter a race, every vehicle is now graded by whether it’s on/off road or both, and what speed class it fits into. You can enter ANY vehicle into any race, so long as you meet the road-state criteria and have a vehicle that comes in under the speed class limit.

    What this means is Motorstorm-esque lineups where dune buggies go up against monster trucks go up against dirtbikes, which makes for far, far more interesting racing. All in a great big open-world setting which goes beyond merely ‘large’ and into ‘bafflingly enormous’.

  6. phenom_x8 says:

    Errr, no sign of mod for Crysis 2 / Cry Engine 3??

    Sorry, there’s still no mod support from crytek! Maybe, they’ll all will turn out as paid DLC every month!!

  7. evilbobthebob says:

    Precursor is nice. Doesn’t stray much from the HL2 formula, but it’s fun and very polished.

  8. bill says:

    Do valve have something similar to UDK? If not, why not?
    It seems a whole load of hl2 mods have jumped ship to UDK recently.. which is a shame. Steam and source already seem to have great mod support, don’t they allow an easy way for the makers to monetize them? Garry’s mod did, right?

    • JerreyRough says:

      Its definably not easier than UDK. You can make $50 grand before spending a single dollar on UDK licensing if your intend to make money from it. Plus the recent demo of the full power of UDK garnered more interest, especially since the new tools made for that are available in the newest UDK release.

      It should be noted that UDK itself doesn’t have mod support; meaning that the games that people make with it, unless they do the work themselves, won’t have mod support themselves.

  9. ZIGS says:

    Does anyone still play Fuel? I actually liked the game back in the game. I doubt they’re putting this much effort in the game just for single player though

    • Dominic White says:

      There’s a Steam community group that organizes multiplayer events, but the online play scene is pretty thin. Best just get a couple of friends together, really.

      Also, the game itself is $10/9 euros/£7 on Steam, and Refueled is compatible with the demo, too, so there’s no reason not to at least give it a look.

      The main change in this latest version of Refueled is that the singleplayer in general has been improved significantly. More interesting races, due to all classes of vehicles being allowed entry.

  10. Copernicus says:

    I’d like to point out that the update to Eastern Front does not contain a redesign of the Soviet Faction (that was patch 1.20, we’re at 1.31 now). I believe you followed the link on the ModDB main page which for reasons unknown points to the outdated 1.20 update. 1.31 is available here and contains various bug-fixes, balancing improvements and additionally a custom made soundtrack. Also thanks for mentioning the update.
    -cope.
    [Eastern Front]

  11. CMaster says:

    Errr Denby. You know that update to Eastern Front was made in June 2010 and you posted about it back then, right?

  12. bascule42 says:

    Half Life 2, (and other stuff)? Arma 2 Arma 2 Arma 2 + infinity.

  13. Lord_Mordja says:

    Pimping Fistful of Frags in here. Not a dev or anything; it’s just loads of fun.