"Update 2" aka "Pathfinder"
It's been a while since I released something and altough work on my next big project is in progress (yeah, that coming soon on my website is actually not this update, nor DayZ: Namalsk (but be sure to check that!), there are few must do's for my currently released work.
My test island Namalsk once again had an opportunity to show its strength!
This time was my primary goal of this relatively quick release to test the experience from the better terrain grid, AI and objects and the overall AI interaction with the environment!
Namalsk got a lot of fine things, campaign got polished and some new things were added to the modification! (see below)
First of all, this update is mainly focused on the improving gameplay and less on fancy stuff, anyway, few major things to talk about: Namalsk Crisis campaign, Namalsk island and Shadow of Namalsk features.
I will start with Namalsk Crisis campaign changes..
Because of changes made on Namalsk (will talk about it later), the whole campaign was made compatible with it (mainly objects positions and absolute positions in scripts). The next change is that I've tried to focus on the overall challenge vs crazyness of several missions and so several missions were a bit modified. There has been also changes in cooperation version of Namalsk Crisis campaign, making it a bit better again (but it is still highly experimental). Of course, while going through all missions, I took a look also on some spelling errors and improved some scripts to behave better. Hopefully these improvements and fixes will make the campaign even more solid. There has been several reports about difficulty or broken missions etc. caused by using some mods, which affect default AI behavior, as I said several times, I do not recommend playing the campaign with them. Campaign has been created and tested under vanilla versions and making the behavior same even with AI mods is almost impossible in some cases.
Then there are Namalsk island changes..
Improving Namalsk was my dream for a very long time.. Several broken, not compatible or older lowres things. The more I worked on my next map, the more I wanted to repair what I have left released. So finally, about a month ago, I simply started with redoing some major gamebreaking things on Namalsk! And results are here - I've totally changed the terrain grid, the old one from OFP Namalsk version is gone for good and replaced with the ultra detailed terrain grid, which makes Namalsk better in gameplay and it also change a lot its look! The next and very major things were bugs in objects. The most noticable is the addition of paths and positions for AI for all custom objects! No more running into building to take a cover against AI! With these objects changes, there was also a lot of objects improved by adding better collision geometries and more penetrations materials. But that is not all at all! Because we have nice flashlights on weapons, we should also have nice lights on the every objects! This was previously bugged or not working at all because objects did not have materials at all or they had simple shaders, but since this update all custom buildings (and even the older ones by BIS) on Namalsk have applied super shader materials and so lights from cars and flashlights are working awesomely! With the changes of all materials, I've also took a look on a repairing stupid looking normal maps and removing most of the specular maps. When the buildings got the fresh air, I've been going through the overall AI accessibility of the locations on the island. There has been several changes in it - changing positions or even removing some smaller objects. The results are quite good, altough my goal was not to redo the whole locations, so you still need to take in mind, that Namalsk simply does have a bit detailed locations and so you may not turn your tank squad there, nor your AI mates (but your squad actually should be able roam in the undeground now!). Next things, which kept me worried was the transitions between the snow and normal landscape, so I took a look on it and improved those parts, I think, you will like it! With this change came also change of satellitle texture and surface mask. Altough I did not have time for redoing the whole satellite texture (but it would be of course awesome.. well maybe sometimes later), I've improved it on the several places, including that snow transition, also coastline & sea and added shadows under vegetation. There is completely new more interresting surface mask generated, so the landscape is even more interresting now. With the 2d change of coastline comes also the 3d change of the terrain there, which I've tried to make a bit more normal than it was with the previous grid. Okay, se we've got some really nice changes to island's core. Now some new things.. there are completely new roads, paths and locations, for example extended Seraja base and new military base under Nitija. I took a quick look also on the objects, which could be made even better and choosed candidates for the enterable state. SO, there are some new awesome enterable objects, including buildings surrounding the Seraja transmitter, farm houses and industrial objects. When we are on the object topic, I've also upgraded some buildings to its Arma II versions (including railway tracks), randomized some vegetation objects, which were not randomized at all and upgraded all rock models by Arma II versions. I recommend you to visit changelog section to read more about all the changes, this is just a glimpse! Of course, all these changes can have a small impact on the missions made on the island before this update, so please test it if everything looks okay and working fine, believe me, this update is worth updating your missions!
TL;DR Wall of text right? Namalsk got an awesome gameplay boost, old terrain removed (50 meters between vertexes), new added (6.25 meters), tons of little details added to the new terrain, AI can now enter every corner of the map, flashlights are working everywhere, everything does look better, new locations and objects added and you can even enter more buildings than ever before!
Also, be sure you will scout every corner of this new Namalsk, I've prepared the whole new set of easter eggs, some of them are referencing on my next big project! Find out what some information before any official information release!
So that would be Namalsk, now to the news around Shadow of Namalsk..
I've described many changes, which are connected to the Shadow of Namalsk already when I was talking about Namalsk, but I can mention for example that during the upgrading materials and overall upgrading object templates on the map, I was able to partially clean data files, which results in much smaller size of the main data files for Namalsk island. I've also changed completely models of the vegetation (trees to be precise), and fixing some visual bugs on them. The long wanted thing for AII undeground module was also implemented - module now tracks player's position and in case of entering the underground object, it turns off the ambient sounds and start looping ambient of the underground object. Of course, upon exiting, it will turn back the normal ambient sounds.
Screenshots & Videos
New things to see, follow these links!
http://www.nightstalkers.cz/en_index...=en_dn_screens (screenshots, over 130 pieces!)
http://www.nightstalkers.cz/en_index...nu=en_dn_vidka (gameplay videos)
And to give you an example how any complex object should look now:
Changelog: (please note, that changelog probably does not contains everything as I had to make it smaller from the 400+ line bug feature fix list and also I definitely forgot on something too!)
Special Update 2 thanks
Fixed some spelling errors in the campaign texts
Improved behavior of some campaign scripts
Changed respawn type in the coop version of campaign to BIRD
In the coop version of campaign, some operations were moved only on server (previously was sometimes something twice)
In the coop version of campaign, tasks & diary notes are now added and operational on the both sides (previsously was just on the main character)
Some situations in the coop version of the campaign are scripted now a bit differently than in its SP version (to support better mission flow)
Upgraded all mission objects and scripts for the newest version of Namalsk
Changed the basic structure of AII underground laboratory module
AII underground laboratory module now turn off ambient sounds when entering
Firestation, supermarket and other smaller details added into Vorkuta
WIP building in Vorkuta upgraded to Arma II WIP building
Enhanced some locations from the logical point of view
Added more holes in fences or normal fence models replaced with the broken ones
Enhanced the transition to snow, added more variety
Added new base around the Seraja transmitter
Added new base under Nitija mountain
Brensk village changed completely
Brensk railway station area made a bit bigger with more details
Added warehouse object near Alakit
Added more details on the whole island
Added sandpit model and used in Vorkuta
Some objects on Namalsk were still in its Arma 1 version, this was changed and I can say that Namalsk is really the Arma II island
The custom railway models replaced with Arma II models + railway track on the bridge model modified to fit the new railway models
Fixed some flickering issues on the objects
Fixed swimming issues above the ponds / lakes
Fixed wrong or bad looking mapping on some objects
White dots, partially seen on the distant lods (while AA on) of the vegetation models are finally gone
Upgraded most of the used rvmat to the supershaders to support per pixel lights
Default super shader material (nst\ns\default.rvmat) added to the faces without any material so lights are working there too
Changed most of the normal maps to be fainter and better looking
Removed most of the specular maps
Some objects enhanced to be better looking
A lot of geometries was redone with a lot of more details
Fixed some player -> objects collisions (problems with walking through doors etc.)
Added more penetration materials to the geometries
Added paths for AI to the all possible objects and created positions for AI
Changed brightness of the artifical ground objects above AII underground
Added roadway textures (=sounds) on even more objects (sound of the surface you walking on)
Fixed shadow lod issue on the hut_old02.p3d, moved into ns2 addon to arma1 folder under new name hut_old01.p3d (where converted arma 1 objects are located) and added super shader support (flashlight support)
More of the Arma 1 objects, not included in Arma 2 and still used by Namalsk, added to the mod files and added super shader support
Added interior for the seb_bouda_plech.p3d
Added interior for the seb_bouda1.p3d + fuctional doors
Added interior for the seb_bouda3.p3d
Added interior for the seb_mine_maringotka.p3d + fuctional doors
Added interior for the domek_podhradi_1.p3d
Added interior for the vys_budova.p3d -> was 2 objects in one model, now didived into vys_budova_p1.p3d and vys_budova_p2.p3d + functional doors
budova4.p3d changed to its arma 2 version (mil_barracks_i) - interior version
budova4_winter.p3d changed to its arma 2 version (same as previous), but it was also retextured so it fits better to the winter setting
Fixed shading issues on molovabud1.p3d
Fixed - penetration material for glass was not penetrable - changed to glassPlate
Fixed issues with some ladders
plot_provizorni.p3d replaced with the custom model, which is lower and so possible to cross using 'v'
plastic bollard had too high mass (10kg) making it pretty serious block for normal cars - transferred from arma data files to mod files and changed to 1 kg
Some models renamed, so their name corresponds more with the actual model
Added a lot of new classes for different objects
Arma II model A_AdvertColumn.p3d without geometry was transferred to the mod files and added all needed things to be working properly now
Upgraded the terrain grid of Namalsk, before - 50 meters between vertexes of the terrain, now 6.25 meters
A lot of nice details to the terrain grid added
Enhanced terrain detail on the coastline
Fixed some objects collisions
Too steep slopes modified to not be too steep or designed differently
Changed clutter (=grass) object parameters and the use of them in CfgSurfaceCharacters
Randomized sizes of the not randomized vegetation models (brings more variety)
More small spruces added to the forests
Spruce models upgraded, changed colors a bit (both winter and non winter version)
Replaced all arma 1 versions of the rocks with arma 2 models and small boulders size was randomized
Boulders field were cleaned a bit, looking more believable now
Overlapping road models were removed from the Namalsk <-> Tara crossing
Keypoints revamp, added more named locations
Some locations were made more compatible for AI - removing objects or chaging objects positions
Size of satellite texture and surface mask increased to 12800x12800
Surface mask was completely redone, adding more variety to the surface on Namalsk with more details
Minor fixes on the satellite texture + proper sea and coastline made
More variety was added to the snow tranistion - both satellite and surface mask changes
Added a bit of snow on the hill on Tara island
Added "shadows" under vegetation models on the snow (fits better to the almost white terrain)
Removed 2nd nonsense airfield (for AI)
Namalsk terrain surfaces were renamed - added prefix 'nam_*' ('snih' changed completely, to 'nam_snow')
Default time on Namalsk had wrong year, now changed to 2011
Removed some redundant data files for the island
Changed skybox textures for Namalsk
Proper bumpmaps were generated for the each surface texture, used by Namalsk
Added a faint midDetailTexture for Namalsk (previously without any midDetailTexture)
Aeious "BlackOuT" Killhound (testing, propagation)
Eawes (dev support, master of paths for AI, testing)
JTS (testing, propagation)
DayZ (the best way to get all island things tested )
And of course too all who were involved in the creation of this mod, see full credits in the v1.00 description here!
List of files for nc_pathfinder_full.7z:
List of files for nc_pathfinder_update.7z:
Unfortunately with the problematic backward compatibility of model format, this update does not support classic Arma II, sorry! But it does not mean you can't play Namalsk Crisis, check http://www.nightstalkers.cz/en_index...enu=en_nc_down, main Namalsk Crisis thread on BI forums (http://forums.bistudio.com/showthrea...Namalsk-Crisis) or any other community sites (http://www.armaholic.com/, http://armedassault.info/) for your options (version 1.10 is still supported) or https://store.bistudio.com/arma2-operation-arrowhead
There are two packages this time (one for the users, who already owns Namalsk Crisis and the second one for the users, who dont own Namalsk Crisis at all):
If you download the update package (nc_pathfinder_update.7z), then extract downloaded archive to your @NC\Addons\ folder (make sure it is properly updated on 1.10 version first)
If you download the full package (nc_pathfinder_full.7z), then extract downloaded archive to your Arma II OA root directory.
And of course, after installation, you can run it under Arma II: Combined Operations!
Namalsk Crisis, Update 2 aka Pathfinder [v1.10 to v1.15]
nc_pathfinder_update.7z, 7z archive
armaholic.com (Thanks to Foxhound!)
armedassault.info (Thanks to Old Bear!)
Namalsk Crisis v1.15, including ALL updates [FULL]
nc_pathfinder_full.7z, 7z archive
armaholic.com (Thanks to Foxhound!)
armedassault.info (Thanks to Old Bear!)