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I Hate Mountains is the best looking custom add-on campaign you will find for Left 4 Dead 1. —Glenn (www.halflife2.net)

Archive for May, 2010

May27

Overwhelming support

Posted by Marc in Development, Progress

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Just curious…

Ok fine! I know what we said, we were supposed to be in vacations for a week after the release of the video trailer, but well… I guess it’s stronger than us, we had to put our noses in every forum topic, in every news and every article that talked about us to reply to people and give our opinions. We’re also gathering sponsors for the release and that’s good news, we’ll try to send them a preview version beforehand so that they can comment about it.

General progress

Unfortunately we’ve also been working on the campaign even though we said we won’t, I guess the link is too hard to be broken that easily. We found some minor issues that wouldn’t have impaired the gameplay but well… while we were at it, we fix them. The software freeze should occur tomorrow though, so that won’t be happening anymore.

Forums

Well, I just wanted to say that we opened our forums after the release of the trailer so you can head over there and ask your questions on a decent support instead of using blog commentaries all over the Internet.

Bonus section

Also, we’ve been working on this bonus section for the website. It will go live just after the release. You’ll have to find the password in the campaign to open it, but I think we already talked about it. Just for your eyes, here’s a sneak peak into this bonus section you can’t access for the moment:

Bonus section preview

May26

Video trailer

Posted by Nicolas in General

This video trailer wasn’t really on our plans but we thought it would be unfair not to provide a bit of gameplay footage before the release, so we put this video together in a matter of three days including the recording and editing. It may not be the best video editing work ever, but we’re happy with the result because it really reflects the way the campaign plays. We hope you’ll enjoy it!

By the way, the music is the same Valve used on their Left 4 Dead 2 trailers back in 2009. At this time we dug it so much we decided to reuse it as a clin d’œil as we say in France. The track is Electric Worry from the album From Beale Street to Oblivion by Clutch. Check out their website.

Before anyone asks, yes, I bought their songs but no, we don’t have the right to use them on our trailer. We hope that as long as our project stays totally non-profit and non-commercial they won’t put us in trouble. We could be wrong, but at least we tried.

May23

I Hate Mountains Trailer

Posted by Geoffroy in Media, Progress

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Here we are, last playtest gone perfectly well, last problems approximately solved (there’s still a few things but we can’t fix them), we think it’s time to get serious. As we promised in the May 18 news, we’re now releasing our video trailer. That gives us a last week to finalize everything and organize the release. We’ll hope you’ll enjoy it!

Be sure to watch it on Vimeo to get the HD quality!

If you prefer Youtube, there’s also a Youtube version. thanks to doktor10

Will the campaign be released for Left 4 Dead 2?

The campaign will initially be released for Left 4 Dead 1 and a Left 4 Dead 2 port should follow a few weeks later. We can’t guarantee the Left 4 Dead 2 port yet, because it’s not as easy as some people think is it to port a complex campaign like I Hate Mountains from Left 4 Dead 1 to Left 4 Dead 2. There’s missing models, and there’s missing Left 4 Dead 1 survivors (obviously), which means there’s also missing voices, and missing textures, and missing sounds, and missing entities (from the Crash Course update), and missing particle systems and missing infected populations, etc. We don’t really see how easy it is as soon as you start using most of the features the game offers.