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Thread: [30 Nov 2023] The Black Parade -- RELEASE THREAD

  1. #1
    Registered: Apr 2011
    Location: Lyon, France

    [30 Nov 2023] The Black Parade -- RELEASE THREAD

    by Feuillade Industries

    It is finally here! After 7-ish years of development, The Black Parade is finally released. So, what awaits you in this campaign?

    - 10 huge, open-ended and meticulously crafted missions with varied themes packed with content.
    - A brand new protagonist thrown into a dark, intricately woven story of crime and conspiracies.
    - 4 new tools happily supplied by the undermarket, at a price.
    - Many tweaks to the AI to make the game a bit more challenging but still fair.
    - A brand new "banter" system where AIs greet each other during their rounds and nightly life.
    - 28 voiced characters totaling roughly 1,800 new lines of dialogue.
    - 30 minutes of gorgeous hand-drawn briefings and cutscenes.
    - Brand new AI motions making the denizens of The City look more alive.
    - Full English subtitles.

    In The Black Parade you play the character of Hume, a hardened criminal who was sent into exile as a punishment for his crimes. The year is 833, you are now back in The City, a sprawling metropolis of soot-caked brick, greasy fumes and noisy machinery, with many a sinister conspiracy whispered behind closed doors. Lost and without a penny to your name, you are back to your life of thievery and must find your old associate Dahlquist. Shadows and silence are your allies. Light is your enemy. Stealth and cunning are your tools. And the riches of others are yours for the taking.

    The Black Parade aims at being a love letter to Thief: The Dark Project, and we hope we succeeded! It is recommended to have played through Thief: The Dark Project and/or Thief 2: The Metal Age at least once beforehand, since these missions are overall tougher than the base game.

    The Black Parade also comes with a few tweaks to the classic Thief gameplay formula:

    - Hume is not a Keeper and thus never received Garrett’s training: AIs will now notice you if they bump into you or vice versa, sometimes even in a perfect shadow. Be careful!
    - Hume can move banners aside instead of having to slash them.
    - Hume has additional footstep sounds for chains and pipes; these are metal sounds that aren’t as noisy as regular metal (about as noisy as stone/wood).
    - Water arrows can now be used to expand moss patches.
    - Servants will re-light extinguished torches on higher difficulty levels.
    - Servants may clean moss on the floor if they notice it on higher difficulty levels.
    - Zombies now smash wooden doors open instead of simply opening them.
    - Electric lanterns carried by guards can be turned off.
    - A few guards in the campaign are outfitted with heavy armor and helms so they cannot be knocked out using the Blackjack.
    - Hume can pick up small creature corpses such as spiders or sweels.

    DOWNLOAD (912 MB)
    MIRROR 1
    MIRROR 2

    Here is a very handy guide by nicked on how to set up Thief Gold for Fan Missions.

    The Black Parade requires NewDark 1.26 or above! Make sure you use the latest version of TFix/TFix Lite before playing!
    The Black Parade should be launched with FMSel, NewDarkLoader or AngelLoader. It is not recommended to launch this campaign with DarkLoader or GarrettLoader. Note that mods such as Thief Gold HD Mod, NecroAge or Enhancement Pack are not compatible with this campaign. Remember that this is a campaign for THIEF GOLD, not Thief 2!

    Known issues:
    - Due to the complexity of the missions, there can be cases where some NPCs might get stuck walking against walls. There is unfortunately not much that can be done about this.

    Happy 25th anniversary to Thief: The Dark Project, and have fun taffers!
    Last edited by skacky; 1st Dec 2023 at 05:44. Reason: Added nicked's guide

  2. #2
    Registered: Jun 2011
    Location: ���&#5671
    This is it Luigi

  3. #3
    Registered: Aug 2001
    Location: LM's Dungeon
    GO GO GO!!! Have fun taffers!!! *This is gonna be fun.*

  4. #4
    This is HUGE! Big congrats on the release!!

  5. #5
    New Member
    Registered: Sep 2023
    Location: Germany
    It's beautiful

  6. #6
    Registered: Sep 2022
    Location: Sunnyport
    Congrats on the release! Thank you for your hard work

  7. #7
    Registered: Oct 2018
    Location: Germany
    Am beyond excited!

  8. #8
    Registered: Jun 2009
    Location: Argentina
    Congrats to the team and everyone involved. You're ALL in for a treat and possibly the best and biggest project released so far

  9. #9
    New Member
    Registered: Jan 2020
    Yahooooo! Congratulations to the whole team! Cannot wait to dig into this.

    (Also, for those following along - or just wondering - the retrospective piece I'm working on for the 25th anniversary will heavily feature TBP, which is why I couldn't share news about it until after it launched. Will post it here after it's published, likely next week.)

    (Also also, I'm hoping to have a broader retrospective piece at another publication run a bit later, which will feature more of the great reflections and insights from the community y'all have shared with me. Thanks again to everyone who responded!)

  10. #10
    AMAZING! Hilarious that it was released one day before that troll kept insisting it would be released! CONGRATS!!

  11. #11
    New Member
    Registered: Sep 2021
    Congratulations on your release!

    Looking amazing!

  12. #12
    New Member
    Registered: Apr 2018
    Congratulations on this monumental release!!!! Can't wait to play

  13. #13
    Registered: May 2010
    Location: Taffer's Inn
    Congrats! I've been looking forward to this one Thanks to everyone that contributed!

  14. #14
    Registered: Apr 2000
    Location: Cathedral Row
    Feuillade's about to make you it's bitch.

    (congrats to the team)

  15. #15
    Registered: Apr 2021
    The power of this FM is so great it finally ended Henry Kissinger. All aboard everyone!

  16. #16
    Registered: Apr 2014
    Location: Croatia

  17. #17
    Registered: Jun 2015
    Location: Hungary
    Congratulations on the release. Will be eager to play it as soon as I can

  18. #18
    Registered: Jan 2020
    Location: Bucharest
    Congratulation on the release! This is the most important event in the history of the community! Can't wait to play this, thank you so much!

  19. #19
    Registered: Mar 2017
    Thank you.

  20. #20
    Registered: Mar 2020
    Location: London, UK
    WOW, well that was a very stealthy announcement...

  21. #21
    Registered: Oct 2012
    Congratulations on the release to all members of Feuillade Industries this is huge, both in the release and the scope of every mission, you guys are in for the ride of your Thiefing lives.

    PS. Where does the name Feuillade come from, I googled it and found there was a prolific French film maker in the early 1990's, did you choose this name in respect to him?

  22. #22
    Desperately Dodgy Moderator
    Registered: Nov 2001
    Location: Bohn Museum
    Congrats to the team on this monumental accomplishment! I'm glad to have been able to contribute a little to it.

  23. #23
    Registered: Jan 2001
    Location: 27430 Cells
    Congratulations on getting this over the line. Many taffers are going to be quite busy for a while.

  24. #24
    New Member
    Registered: Aug 2012
    Congrats on the release! Thanks for this wonderful gift!

  25. #25
    Registered: May 2018
    Location: swamp


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