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The Dark Mod, the free standalone inspired by Thief has a new release out

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The Dark Mod is an excellent free standalone game inspired by the Thief series and they just recently put out a fresh release.

While this 2.07 release isn't a major one, it's mainly a "stability release" aimed at cleaning up issues from the bigger release they put out last year.

It comes with improvements to the AI so now they react properly to flashbomb attacks while seated, they also now handle bodies obstructing door closure and they will also "properly return to seated coordinates after being interrupted from patrol routes".

There's numerous graphical updates too, including the ability to now change most graphical settings without the need for restarting the game. That's pretty sweet! A new experimental Shadow Maps feature with "contact hardening" made it in too, which should offer better performance. Lots of sound work went in too adding in missing sound effects, they enabled "HRTF by default for better positional sound" although they say that only works with headphones.

On top of all that there's performance improvements, many bug fixes, new assets for modders and so on. See their update here with the full changelog here.

Also, they've said for The Dark Mod 2.08 it's going to require at least OpenGL 3.3 as they are planning to move more of the "renderer off the CPU onto the GPU" to improve performance even more.

A very impressive project, very happy to see it so alive with new enhancements. Projects like this are why I absolutely love PC gaming!

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Patola 5 February 2019 at 3:42 pm UTC
This game is amazing. Love to see how it's still actively maintained.
Vortex_Acherontic 5 February 2019 at 6:36 pm UTC
Hui, I think I once discovered this game as well a few years ago, after I finished DOOM 3 and was searching for more
Didn't heard of it a long time and nearly forgot about it (Or maybe I mixing this with another id tech 3 free game).
Just downloaded the Linux client and excited to get into it o:
rapakiv 5 February 2019 at 6:50 pm UTC
this game deserves to be on steam
cprn 5 February 2019 at 9:06 pm UTC
rapakivthis game deserves to be on steam
Well, yes. It got greenlit back in 2017 (in record time) and developers were working on releasing it for some time. Idk if that work stopped but it seems so. It might have something to do with Greenlight getting retired before they released, maybe they need to pay the Steam Direct fee now? The common feeling is it's not coming.
Shaolu 5 February 2019 at 9:30 pm UTC
cprn
rapakivthis game deserves to be on steam
Well, yes. It got greenlit back in 2017 (in record time) and developers were working on releasing it for some time. Idk if that work stopped but it seems so. It might have something to do with Greenlight getting retired before they released, maybe they need to pay the Steam Direct fee now? The common feeling is it's not coming.

Same story with SuperTuxKart.
14 6 February 2019 at 5:03 am UTC
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Wow. It looks terrific. I don't know if I ever knew about this one. I need to try it!
theghost 6 February 2019 at 7:02 am UTC
Why can't we just get a graphical remake of the good old Thief 1 and 2? ;-(
schidin 6 February 2019 at 10:51 am UTC
For me it just shows distortet Desktop graphics after starting and freezes (latest Mesa under manjaro).
cprn 6 February 2019 at 12:54 pm UTC
Actually...
liamdawe@Liam
Can you reach to the project's rep (for both SuperTuxKart and The Dark Mode) and ask if they could release an official announcement about what's going on with Steam packaging? AFAIK there's no official one, just many "I think"s and "it seems"es spread by not affiliated people (guilty). It's not that I'm lazy but you obviously project more official feeling than (probably) any of us.

Old Greenlight links here and here. Relevant comments from this discussion below.

Shaolu
cprn
rapakivthis game deserves to be on steam
Well, yes. It got greenlit back in 2017 (in record time) and developers were working on releasing it for some time. Idk if that work stopped but it seems so. It might have something to do with Greenlight getting retired before they released, maybe they need to pay the Steam Direct fee now? The common feeling is it's not coming.

Same story with SuperTuxKart.

Also, sorry for pinging you in this canny fashion.


Last edited by cprn at 6 February 2019 at 1:02 pm UTC
cprn 6 February 2019 at 1:03 pm UTC
BTW I think Steam's IT team should have one person dedicated to packaging games like this as long as they are GPL/MIT/etc. licensed and donate the money back to the project (if they choose to release it as anything else than f2p, that is).

It would be great for:
  • projects that get patches and new players sent upstream
  • Valve PR
  • Valve insights on what needs improvements to make it easier for indies
  • obviously Steam users
  • Steam Workshop as open source games are easily moddable
  • Steam Direct as open project devs will be more keen to pay that $100



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