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Jan30

Releasing IHM 1.2 for L4D1 and IHM2 for L4D2!

Posted by Marc in General, Progress

Beware, there has been a confusion between the Left 4 Dead 1 and Left 4 Dead 2 versions of the campaign on the ModDB.com mirror. If you had downloaded it for Left 4 Dead 2, you might have ended up with the Left 4 Dead 1 version. This issue is now fixed.

This is it! No, we ain’t speaking about the Michael Jackson post-mortem movie but about the Left 4 Dead 2 version of I Hate Mountains subtly dubbed I Hate Mountains 2! We are hereby releasing the 1.2 version of both Left 4 Dead 1 and Left 4 Dead 2 versions of the campaign.

It certainly took time, almost 8 months… At the beginning, we honestly thought this port would be a piece of cake, but we just couldn’t figure how difficult it would be and how life would change for each of us following the release of the first version. Between missing content, broken features, crashes and unexplainable issues, we were really this close to give up during these last months.

I Hate Mountains 2 Poster

To be entirely honest, the 1.2 version for Left 4 Dead 1 was already finished for a few months (since august 2010 to be precise), but due to a huge lack of motivation (we’re working on it for over 2 years now) and Nicolas’ departure who decided to move and directly hate mountains in Canada, we had almost stopped the Left 4 Dead 2 port. But finally, we decided to keep going on when a Polycount manager asked for an interview and fresh news about it. We realized that some people were still waiting for the Left 4 Dead 2 version and we didn’t want to disappoint them.

We worked hard on it and we managed to fix everything we could. But despite all our efforts, some minor issues remain unsolvable as of today. Those are actually listed on the I Hate Mountains forums and in the README.txt file included in the download. But you should still be able to play the Left 4 Dead 2 version in quite an optimal way compared to what we thought would be achievable. We really spent a lot of time to test the campaign with a fellow French gaming team which allowed us to fix plenty of unusual and rare exploits.

Finally, You should keep in mind that this new version of I Hate Mountains is really an exact port of the Left 4 Dead 1 version. We didn’t spend much time tweaking the maps with the new available assets, but above all we didn’t change our specific art direction (it’s still dark). By the way, we thank Valve for the last DLC for both games that allowed us to use the old survivors in Left 4 Dead 2 and to preserve the true spirit of the campaign.

Click here to download I Hate Mountains

We hope you will enjoy I Hate Mountains again, be it with the updated Left 4 Dead 1 version or the new Left 4 Dead 2 one with all the features and improvements of the second game. You can enjoy it right now on this friendly French server: Left4dead2 ‘playersfactory’ 109.239.147.182:27015

For help and support, please visit:
http://forums.ihatemountains.com
If you can’t find help in the forums, you can try to drop us a word here:
http://www.ihatemountains.com/contact-us/

It’s finally time for us to think about other things and return to our regular lives. Thank you for your support during these last two years and keep an eye open for more in an highly hypothetical future… :D

Best regards,
— The I Hate Mountains Team:
— Nicolas, Marc and Geoffroy

Dec8

Moddb 2010 (Top100) and news summary

Posted by Geoffroy in General, Progress

With the help of your votes, I hate mountains has been picked from the Moddb top 100 mods of the year. We thank your sincerely for you support. If you want to continue to help us, please vote once again for IHM and bring it on the top 15 !

Click on the banner and vote on the next page, it’s free and you don’t have to register ! Feel free to share it on Facebook or Twitter on the next page too.

Beside that, just as we tweet few days ago, we built a release canditate for the l4d2 version of IHM. We also found a french gaming team which accepted to test and provide rigorous feedbacks. It should allow us to find out any missed bugs and solve them. Actually, we already fixed a lot of thing with the help of these french guys, even some unusual and outstanding exploits !

Finally, The most annoying thing is that the support of custom particles has been unfortunatly broken by Valve since the release of their last DLC “the Sacrifice”. We sincerely hope they will fix this before our release, but if this is not the case, we’ll do without it. Anyway, our custom particles should be packaged in the vpk, hoping that an upcoming update could fix this.

At last, we planned to release both version ( l4d 1.2 version and l4d2 version) this December, as soon as we finished playtests and corrections.

Until this, stay tuned ;)

Nov15

2010 Mod of the Year Awards

Posted by Nicolas in General

Hello everyone it’s Nicolas, live from Canada. Hope you had a great experience with I Hate Mountains despite our little wanderings on the update side. I’m sure Marc and Geoffroy are actively taking over the development while I’m on the other side of the world without any computer allowing me to work on the project. I’m out of my catharsis to tell you about the ModDB’s 2010 Mod of the Year Awards that take place every year at the same period (spoiler: now).

The Annual Mod of the Year Awards is the premiere event that celebrates the best creations within the modding and indie gaming scene. Developers have delivered plenty of great gameplay experiences this year, and now it is your turn as gamers to nominate and recognize the best of 2009.

From now until Feb 20th, we shall be sharing a year in review and showcasing the editors’ picks of 2010, culminating in the announcement of this year’s best mod and game as voted by you. The top mods and games will win the honors of being placed alongside other projects that have gone on to become commercial successes and cement their place in ModDB’s hall of fame.

If you liked I Hate Mountains and wish to vote for us, please do so by clicking the banner below and by voting on the next page, it’s free and you don’t have to register ! Feel free to share it on Facebook or Twitter on the next page too.
Vote for us in the ModDB 2010 Mod of the Year Awards