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Thread: Thief 2X Officially Hits Beta

  1. #1
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    Thief2X

    Registered: Nov 2004
    Location: Plano, TX

    Thief 2X Officially Hits Beta

    Well folks, after several long and painstaking years in development, I'm really pleased to announce that today, Thief 2X: Shadows of the Metal Age has reached an official beta. Thanks to Gonchong, the last of our 13 huge missions is all set for a final countdown of bugfixing. Most of the other 12 maps have undergone significant bugfixing and revision already, so it's only a matter of time before they're fully polished and ready to go.

    As you guys know there has just been a huge array of people who have contributed to the project over time - over 60 in all - and now about twenty of us are cranking away on the last remaining tasks. Thanks to the efforts of all you guys in the community who have dedicated time to us, we have hundreds of new objects and textures, dozens of new AI meshes and skins, countless 2D and 3D ambient sounds, cutscenes, briefings, automaps, brand new inventory and weaponry, a myriad of customizations, and almost 3000 recorded lines of dialogue... as well as of course a new main character, entirely new settings, new factions, and a fluid, gripping narrative that unfolds the whole way through. The scope of the project is simply huge, and is presently larger than Thief 1 in terms of raw data. It's grown larger than any of us could have possibly imagined in these past few years, and it's amazing that people from the community have continued to pour in to help us out and to support us from afar. The initial idea behind the project was always to make LGS proud of what we could do, and thanks to everyone's hard work, I think we will more than meet that goal.

    What's left to do you ask? Well we have a ton of bugs to fix, but those should go smoothly, and DeC has written us a great custom bug database for the task. Avalon, Fett, DeC, Gonchong, and myself will be testing internally and grinding those down. Our cutscene team - Zombeh, Joss, and Saturnine - are hard at work on our last (4th) cutscene. There's some remaining briefing art being worked on by Dragon Dust, Randall E., Dan Staton, Psi Yamaneko, and Broken Arts, and the briefings are still being assembled by Goldfish. Addink has been slaving on our meta-game interface, and Mudshovel (aka Phantom) is working tirelessly on our player arm. John P. has been doing some fantastic last minute texture additions for us. Keeper Crimson and Stringgod have been doing last minute audio touch-ups. Did I leave anyone out? I hope not

    We're running full steam ahead, and with a continued push we should have things all tied together in time for a winter release. It's a really exciting time for us, and I hope you guys can remain patient just a little longer - it'll be worth the wait.

    Stay tuned for a website update shortly.

    -The T2X Team
    Last edited by Raen; 23rd Nov 2004 at 23:33.

  2. #2
    Member
    Registered: Feb 2004
    Sounds good, can't wait!

  3. #3
    Member
    Registered: Aug 2003
    Location: Belton Missouri
    Whats the distribution process for this campaign Sounds like to me it wont even fit on a single CD-R. Split it into 30 or so chuncks and release a little at a time?

    Oh yeah GREAT NEWS

  4. #4
    Member
    Registered: Jul 2004
    Location: The City

    Your kidding, this is the first I've ever heard of a project announced by anyone, and it's being finished. I applaud your dedication and efforts. This is an amazing accomplishment unheard of in the communities I've visited on the internet. I hope your work inspires and truely lives up to you (the designers) desires. I am very anxious to play it. Thank you for your hard work. We all appreciate it to unheard of measures. As for the distribution, why not take advantage of the wonders of BitTorrent? I believe that would be the quickest and easiest way to distribute the missions to a large audience (at least for the initial release, and after that you could settle for a regular ftp distribution). Comments?

  5. #5
    Member
    Registered: Dec 2003
    Location: Colorado
    Great news. I can't wait!!!

    I'm sure there will be some people that may need help with distribution of this if it's that big. I have offered in the past and will still try to help some out(free) if needed. I replied to this so maybe it could be dusted off and used if needed!

    http://www.ttlg.com/forums/showthrea...67#post1009867

    Count me in again!!

  6. #6
    Member
    Registered: May 2001
    Location: Stir Crazy
    Compress with rar.
    Anyways i will give it a try, i am on a fat pipe to download it fast.

  7. #7
    Member
    Registered: Jan 2004
    Location: Prince Edward Island, Canada
    It's fantastic to hear that the project is nearing completion. I'm looking forward to hearing those lines that I recorded, 3 years ago, ingame.

  8. #8
    Member
    Registered: May 2002
    Location: Yeah. Where do I live??
    I can help in distribution.

  9. #9
    Member
    Registered: Jul 2003
    Location: The Land of Beer and Cheese
    Quote Originally Posted by Raen
    We're running full steam ahead, and with a continued push we should have things all tied together in time for a winter release.
    Oh boy, we're supposed to get snow on Friday...that means Winter, right!?


    Congrats to all of the so very many involved in this terrific project. It must feel great to be seeing that light at the end of the tunnel.

  10. #10
    Member
    Registered: Jun 2002
    Location: Canada, Ontario, Toronto
    hurray.
    Go T2X go!

  11. #11
    Member
    Registered: Jan 2004
    Location: Moses Lake
    I think bittorrents should be used.

  12. #12
    Yeah, Cds and bittorrent are gonna be the way to go for a while. I doubt even Jason's site can withstand the bandwidth of all of us DLing THAT campaign pack!

  13. #13
    Member
    Registered: Nov 2002
    Location: Germany
    That's really great news!!! First time I hit the T2X site I thought this project is dead like so many others. I felt quite sorry for it, because what I have seen so far, it really looked awesome. So I'm very glad that the ned is near and we can expect to play it in near future.

    Since you are now free of work, in case you are bored, you can always join the Dark Mod team.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ombrenuit
    As for the distribution, why not take advantage of the wonders of BitTorrent? I believe that would be the quickest and easiest way to distribute the missions to a large audience (at least for the initial release, and after that you could settle for a regular ftp distribution). Comments?
    I think BitTorrent is definitely a good choice. I have a server running 24/7 (albeit with very slow upspeed) so I could seed it myself once I have it. If enough do this, then it can be spread rather fast.

  14. #14
    Member
    Registered: Sep 2004
    Holy crapping freak. Great news!!!!

  15. #15
    Well that news surely deserves one of these...

    w00t!

  16. #16
    Member
    Registered: Oct 2002
    Location: London / London / London
    Excellent news, I've been lurking around this one for a while now. I can't believe you actually have a project of this magnitude near to completion! Speaking as a person who can't use bittorrent because my moden is a twat, I say you should tell PC Gamer or another magazine to carry T2X on a cover disc or something. It would even mean I'd buy a copy for once.

  17. #17
    Member
    Registered: Apr 2000
    Location: Sweden
    Splendid news

  18. #18
    Member
    Registered: Feb 2003
    Location: On my bicycle \o/
    *jay does an excited dance*

    Bloody good effort guys and gals.

  19. #19
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2004
    Location: Newcastle
    Yay!

    Perhaps when all of the Big Three projects are released, they could be packaged as an add-on extension for Thief 2, which continues to sell well on budget to this day.

  20. #20
    Member
    Registered: Sep 2001
    Location: Finland
    Hurray!

  21. #21
    Member
    Registered: Jul 2003
    Location: United Kingdom
    Ahh shucks, looks like i'm going to miss it! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

    Glad it's nearing completion. I bet you taffers' never thought it'd ever get finished! I'm working on only 2 missions and they're taking forever to make! Pffffff!

  22. #22
    Member
    Registered: Jan 2004
    Location: Prince Edward Island, Canada
    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Bacon
    Excellent news, I've been lurking around this one for a while now. I can't believe you actually have a project of this magnitude near to completion! Speaking as a person who can't use bittorrent because my moden is a twat, I say you should tell PC Gamer or another magazine to carry T2X on a cover disc or something. It would even mean I'd buy a copy for once.
    That would be an excellent idea. I wonder if they would consider it....it sounds like this is going to be bigger than one CD though.

  23. #23
    Member
    Registered: Jul 2003
    Location: United Kingdom
    Yah. I could actually get hold of it this way. Here's hoping. PC mags usually come with DVD's, so the filesize shouldn't be a problem.

  24. #24
    Member
    Registered: Nov 2002
    Location: Germany
    Quote Originally Posted by New Horizon
    That would be an excellent idea. I wonder if they would consider it....it sounds like this is going to be bigger than one CD though.
    13 missions should well fit on a single CD. I expect this to be in the range of about 300-500 MB.

  25. #25
    Member
    Registered: Feb 2004
    Location: Los Angeles, CA
    Hooray!

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