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Project Phantom July 2013 Update
Let's start on a less light note. As you might or might not have noticed, there hasn't been a lot of going on for Project Phantom in past few months. This is not without a reason. My motivation to work on the mod dropped dramatically a couple of months ago as a result of some circumstances that shall go unmentioned in this article and because playtesting of the mod revealed that the gameplay of the mod might require several, possibly very drastic reworks to put it back on it's track to perfecting the gameplay balance. Since then I've been taking a break of sorts from the development and most of the things you see me post below are in fact from March or early April. This was necessary, as continuing to work on a single project for years without a longer break in between might take it's toll on anybody.
Because things are not going to work themselves out by itself over a night and I want to take my time with this project to ensure that the end result will be as awesome as possible, it is entirely possible that the trend of a rather low public activity will be going on in the future as well, possibly for months. Related to this, I was planning to rework the content of Project Phantom website for the next public progress update to include most up-to-date information available so far, but because of high amount of changes expected to the mod, this has been delayed to indefinite future. I did, however, update the site layout of the site exactly as I planned to.
Once the development issues have been solved, it is likely that there shall be a surge of news released once again, likely accompanied by brand-new video footage of the mod. Time will tell, however.
Onto the actual content of this update, here are some new units/unit graphics, belonging to various factions. Click one of the small images to see a full-sized one.
Barracuda Gunboat body original voxel made by Daz, Allied Cargo Plane original by Mig Eater, Prominence Tank, Tyrant Flak Tank body, Slayer Tank body originals by Bu7loos and Reaper Buggy mortar mode turret by MadHQ.
Following is also a set of other, assorted updates.
A doodad addition - spotlights & spotlight towers. There are two sets of these structures, one where the spotlight won't rotate automatically (instead it is static and determined by the direction of the structure set in map editor) and another where the spotlight will automatically follow enemy units, with the tower only following ground units and the normal spotlight only following air units, respectively.
Other in-game content updates include new graphics for the capturable defenses, rework of the Conduit Tech Vault & new color scheme for the unique units available only from the Vault and two new defensive structures, one for the Eurasian Dominion and one for the Phantom Project.
Continuing on the long line of graphical reworks, here are the recently remastered versions of the faction logos for the three playable factions.
And to match the reworked logos, a new set of loading screens for skirmish & multiplayer had to be created.
Additionally, there is a remade version of the 3x3 faction logo grid image that was shown in last update in January, with the remastered faction logos and some other tweaks to match the more recent lore developments. Check out the description of the image on Project Phantom ModDB Image Gallery to see which logo belongs to which faction, if you didn't already know or wasn't able to guess. Lastly, there is a preview of new sidebar graphics for Allied Forces faction.
Until next time, farewell.
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Project Phantom January 2013 Update
And here is the long overdue Project Phantom progress update. Quite media-heavy this time, actually.
First of all, I'd like to announce that Project Phantom has successfully moved on to use Ares for enhancing the mod features.
Months ago when I revived Project Phantom Youtube Channel, it didn't have any new content on it. That issue has now been rectified with the video below, showing cityscape combat between Phantom Project forces and the Eurasian Dominion, featuring new & revamped units such as Dominion Eradicator Artillery that can spread radiation and hammer enemy structures, and Phantom Eclipse Projector that uses powerful weapon known as 'Black Sun' generator to hinder the movements of enemy forces and inflict damage.
And here comes the massive voxel showcase. Couple of these have been shown before, but some of those have either gone through tweaks or might've only reached ModDB audiences, which is why I am including them here now. Click one of the small images to see a full-sized one.
In the miscellanneous section, we have basic infantry for all factions, new Allied Demolisher bomb drone infantry that can plant bombs ala Crazy Ivan while staying cloaked and deploy into a mine and new Eurasian Dominion Airfield artwork. Also in the same picture with Demolisher are visible two other, fairly recent additions to Allied infantry arsenal: Field Medic & new Juggernaut Combat Suit, armed with missile launchers and hand mortar cannon.
One big thing I've been working on for past few months is new terrain. Currently only temperate theater is deemed fully complete, as it has been converted to custom palette and urban theatre tiles have also been integrated to it. Tundra theater, that replaces the old arctic theater, as well as desert and standard urban theaters are also mostly complete. Below are some previews of this work. Again, click on the images to view full-sized ones.
Quite a while ago I posted an image to PP ModDB Image Gallery, showing logos for all of the factions, both playable and unplayable that are included in the mod in one fashion or another. This image can also been seen below, click to see it in full size.
Aside from the playable factions (top three), the factions to logos belong to are listed below. From top to bottom, left to right.
Crimson Claw: A crime syndicate/private military company with ties to renegade, ex-Dominion officers and access to a large arsenal of WWIII-era technology. Mostly operates in Eastern & Central Asia.
Wasteland Patrol: A former Dominion military squad consisting mainly of 'scraps' and things that can survive in harsh environments like Desolators. Nowadays more of a some sort of Desolator cult led by someone named 'Azrael', with little to no interaction with main Dominion military command. WP equipment has been spotted in Caucasus, Middle Eastern & Central Asian areas.
Nova Squad: An elite fast-response taskforce of Phantom Project with a special penchant for stealth warfare. Recently went rogue and carried out a terrorist attack on Phantom HQ. According to Director Jacob Milton, their objective is to use Phantom technology to topple current governments and build a new world order.
Scavengers: A catch-all term for certain group of mercenaries that are mostly active in Eastern Europe & Middle East. In general, the said mercenaries harbor hatred towards both Allied Forces & Eurasian Dominion, although some of them are ready to bury their grudges if paid enough.
The Conduit: An underground circle of smugglers, informants, arms dealers, the list goes on. Kind of just appeared out of nowhere in late 80's. Not particularly organized either, and people who are known to be in the loop are usually on top of the wanted lists of various law enforcement organizations. Conduit activity hotspot is in Central Europe and nearby areas.
As for the question mark, that remains to be seen.
Last thing on the list is promotional artwork, a mock box cover for the mod and a new wallpaper featuring the capital ship of Phantom Project faction - Hades Cruiser. The wallpaper can be found in various sizes on website media page.
Speaking of website, currently the content on Project Phantom website is mostly outdated. Due to the amount of time it consumes to prepare descriptions and pictures, it will only be brought up to date on a later date, likely in increments. Any major updates will probably be announced via Twitter & Facebook at very least.
That's all for this time folks.
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Project Phantom invades social media
Project Phantom now on social media
Seeing how nowadays pretty much everyone and their dog has a page or profile on Facebook, a Twitter account, list goes on, I decided it was about a time that I'll dismiss my prejudices towards social media for good and put up a page on FB for Project Phantom and set up a Twitter account.
So yeah, without further babbling, Project Phantom can now be found on Facebook and I also set up a Twitter account for posting small mod updates and other assorted content that I'd like to share. There is also PP YouTube Channel, but that's currently empty of content (as I didn't want to re-upload the outdated content when I revamped the channel), something that will hopefully change with next progress/media update.
In other news
Mod progress has been slightly slow lately, university work, been ill for a bit. Oh, and my computer graphics card fan kind of canceled it's contract a while ago, and the only reason this machine can even run at all without graphics card overheating is due to a makeshift life support solution of sorts. Repairing the fan is kinda out of question due to circumstances, will probably be trying to purchase a new machine in near future instead of spending any more cash on an already vastly outdated setup.
Here's a little picture of some new & graphically overhauled units, taken from Project Phantom ModDB image gallery. Bottom two are just graphical revamps, the other two are more interesting additions. Not gonna spoil what they are or what they do yet, maybe you'll see in next actual media/progress update.
Click on the image to view it in a full size.
That's all for this time, folks.
Bear in mind that the lists & descriptions are only tentative, all sort of changes are possible. Feel free to discuss more regarding the units and/or previews in the respective topics.
It's not that super but I guess it suffices for a small scale progress update, next one will hopefully be better..
And yes, Phantom structures are all currently utilizing recolored versions of Gamemate's awesome work from FC. There isn't really that much high-tech structure artwork publically available which would fit, so those shall suffice as placeholders at least for now.
In other news, I decided to open an Image Gallery, where I might occassionally post random screenshots taken during development. Already updated it with two GUI-related items so check it out if you wish..
I also finally managed to replace the old faction information topic with tentative version which includes much more up-to-date information, however remember that it's not complete yet. Storyline one will probably follow after I can bother to write it up properly.
As for development itself, I apologise for long delay without any updates. Despite of that, mod has been continuosly worked upon behind the scenes. At moment, Phantom side is the one most close to being finished and I have been focusing more on Allies & Dominion lately with occasionally doing misc stuff e.g GUI and such and civ/tech stuff. Hopefully there won't be over half year delay till the next update this time.