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Why is development so slow? Miniscule improvement per month, like cars with more wheels, stuff like that. Are you guys short on cash or what is the bottleneck? Also I believe you focus your attention to the wrong things. For instance, all focus seems to be on animations and uniforms, new factions etc that gives very little gain in gameplay enjoyment. If I were you (again I don't know the difficulties you are facing) I would have focused on getting in the big game-changers like helicopters etc first. That is what people are really looking forward to, not British faction whatever. There seems to be too much perfectionism in the development team. My suggestion is: Leave some stuff half-made and don't listen to silly people complaining about the sights of the m4 not being perfectly realistic or whatever. Carv out the big chunks and perfect afterwards. Took years to even get some kind of vehicles and it seems it will take forever to see helicopters coming in as well. Love your game though. If you need money maybe you could start some campaign or something. I am sure a lot of people here would put up.
CrzBonkerz posted a topic in QuestionsSpent a bit of time perusing YouTube and seeing some amazing creations within UE4. For example this video of a dynamic grass system: I was wondering. Are the Squad developers utilizing the UE4 community, like the marketplace to help build this game up? There is so much potential within the UE4 engine and people have made some pretty incredible things. In this example, imagine that dynamic grass system in Squad! This also has me wondering about the goals of BlueDrake42 and the Harsh Doorstop project. Seems like what they're creating could directly benefit a game like Squad? I'm also wondering what the goal of modding will be moving forward. Will it just be traditional modding in the sense where some clients/servers may run mods? Or might the Squad dev team implement mods into the core game? I'm just thinking about what this game could be in the future, and seeing the capabilities of UE4.. Squad could be a simply incredible game.
Mitsu posted a topic in Off-Topic DiscussionHere a preview of what the PRA3 team has been up to the last couple of months. First close playtest being held today. More footage and updates coming soon. Join the discussion! https://github.com/d...ectrealityarma3 https://twitter.com/RealityArmA http://discord.me/pra3
July Edition Introduction >Things are shaping up! Welcome back to another update from the Modding Hub community! With so many new community members getting into modding and industry veterans stepping in to create high quality content for Squad one can say that modding for Squad is shaping up nicely. Over the last couple of months we have seen many great projects and a lot of new talents showcasing their work on our Discord server and the official forums. Now it’s time again to recap the last month and see what the community has been up to. Before we celebrate the awesome content some of you guys have created we’d like to thank each and every community member for their continuous support, whether it be helping out new guys to get started or share experiences with like-minded modders. Also a huge thanks to the Developers for stepping in and explaining details and giving guidance when it was needed. It is great to see that the community and the Devs are working hand-in-hand to make Squad an even better game than it is now. Community Projects >Tutorials Official Weapon Exporting & Animation by Chuc “Hi modders, Chuc here. In this series of tutorials we'll be exporting weapons and animations from specifically 3DSMAX, and learning how to set up a typical weapon using the current system available in the Squad SDK. Going into the future as Weapons themselves are given a rewrite, as well as changes to the animation system get launched, the methods and specifically authoring will need to change. But just for now if you are really keen on seeing your weapons perform in-game and using the current system, please follow this guide.” Chuc, the lead animator at OWI, has been kind enough to create a weapon exporting and animation tutorial which will help you export and set up your weapons correctly within the Squad SDK. It’s highly detailed and full of examples / screenshots! A big thank you to Chuc! Forum Link: http://forums.joinsquad.com/topic/22572-tutorial-weapon-exporting-animation/ Community Projects >Total Conversions Post Scriptum by Periscope Games “Post Scriptum is a WW2 modification for the acclaimed tactical shooter SQUAD. Players will relive the events of ‘Operation Market Garden’ across the fields and towns of Holland. This massive Allied assault consisted of a coordination of the British and American Airborne to capture key bridges while the British XXX Corps moved to reinforce them through Highway 69.” http://postscriptumgame.com/what-is-post-scriptum I think it’s safe to say that Post Scriptum: The Bloody Seventh looks amazing. The visual fidelity of the WW2 assets is absolutely astonishing. It’s safe to say that we can expect great things coming from Periscope Games who are known for working on quality games and mods such as Project Reality, Traction Wars, Day of Infamy and Invasion 1944. There are so many screenshots these guys provide on the website that The Wrench would explode. So please check out their website to keep track of their progress. In the meantime, enjoy this wonderful trailer. Trailer Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W24njMwPkCM Community Projects >Blueprints Arsenal by Dealman “This is a little something I've been working on while needing a break from studying. With the release of V7 I was kind of bummed out that we couldn't really try any of the new weapons in the firing range unless we kept changing maps. So I decided to download the Squad SDK and try and implement a kind of arsenal allowing you to equip any weapon you'd like with ease. The interface is but a placeholder, this is a very early WIP and I'm not very good when it comes to interface design to begin with. I'll be looking into changing the way it works so instead of having multiple M4 entries, you'd have one for the M4 with its various configurations. Same for example the RPG-7, you'd select RPG-7 and then you can choose either ammo.” What a great addition by Dealman, I certainly hope the devs look into integrating this feature in someway! Preview Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJWdMZiNTYM Community Projects >Factions KLMK Uniforms by Marv Marv is bringing back one of the most classic Russian camos known to men. With more content like custom headgear coming, the KLMK camo will be a great alternative to the Digital Flora we have in-game right now. Community Projects >Maps Al Basrah Remake by ChanceBrahh As teased by Chance himself, he has been working to get the beloved Al Basrah map from Project Reality to Squad. It is safe to say that his progress is amazing. The variety of the map allows a multitude of gameplay options. Whether it be firefights in open fields or clearing the main town from bad guys, in Al Basrah there’s something for everyone. Forum Link: http://forums.joinsquad.com/topic/22225-al-basrah-squad-remake/?page=2#comment-245368 Normandy Map by Oakleyhidef We’ve already seen the great progress Oakley has made over the past couple of months. This time he’s showcasing his new Landscape Materials as well as his new Fog Settings to even create a more immersive environment. Island Environment by Marv Marv has been working on a Pacific Island map that includes abandoned buildings and planes from World War II. 3-Kings by EliteLurker EliteLurker is back to show some more progress on his 3-Kings map. It’s safe to say that his map is shaping up nicely! Album Link: http://imgur.com/a/c3OAI Kunar by Axton With Kunar, Axton is really pushing the limits of Mapping. Ranging over 64km2, or 8km x 8km, Kunar takes scale to a whole new level. Squad Modding >Getting Started Guide If you are new and want to get started with modding Squad, you can read the guide below! To get the official Squad SDK release please view the step-by-step guide down below. Beware that you now don’t need to download any Unreal Engine version before hand because the SDK already includes the current engine version the game is running on. How do I get involved in the modding community for Squad? These are the very first steps you will take to join the modding community of Squad! Head over to https://www.unrealengine.com/ and then click the big blue button titled “Get Unreal”. Register and create your Epic Account. Download the Epic Games Launcher / Unreal Engine 4. Download the Squad SDK located in the “Modding” tab on the Epic Games Launcher. Recommended: Join us all at the Squad Modding Hub over on Discord: www.discord.me/SquadModdingHub You will be able to communicate with fellow modders, ask for help, discuss mods, share ideas as well as interact with the developers of Squad itself! However, please don’t view the latter as an opportunity to swamp the developers with game ideas and what they should do with their game etc, this is a relaxed environment and such ideas should be submitted through the proper channels such as the Suggestions section on the official Squad forums! Notes: When you first launch the Squad SDK it will take a fair amount of time to initialise / compile all the information in order to run the editor. This typically takes anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes and has taken even longer in some cases, it varies depending on your system specifications. Please ensure that you are patient and wait it out! What do I want to do? As you may have noticed, Squad is a huge game in terms of variation in content ranging from weapons, characters and vehicles to larger scale elements such as environments. All of this content requires knowledge that can span several disciplines as well as proficiency in external software such as 3D modelling packages (Autodesk 3DS Max, Blender, ZBrush etc) and common game art / design guidelines. There is a lot to do in the Squad SDK and making the decision of where to start can be the most difficult one, especially for a person with lots of ideas in mind. Personally, if you are someone who has no prior experience in modding or has no game development related knowledge at all, I recommend jumping into the editor and messing around with it for an evening or two to settle down and gain an understanding of the UI and navigation. Explore the existing content for a while and once you’re comfortable enough, you can start deciding on what you would like to sink your teeth into! Ask yourself what you want to create. Chances are, if you’re being realistic, you can bring whatever idea you have to Squad! Do you want to see different weapons, more attachments, whole factions, various maps that can be fictional or fully based on real world locations, a more in depth medical system or even create your own style of emplacements to build? What do I need to learn? In this section I will talk about some of the knowledge you should seek to acquire in order to create the quality content you want to see in-game. First off, to keep it really simple, I will split us all into three major disciplines and note down what they should be looking to learn and what additional software they may need. Please keep in mind that you do NOT need to learn everything, especially if you’re working with a team that has members with knowledge of different areas. It would certainly help, but don’t be pressured to learn it all. Not to mention there’s a lot of helpful people ready to guide you in the Squad Modding Hub on Discord! Artist Autodesk 3DS Max & Maya, Blender, Pixologic ZBrush, World Machine, Substance Painter & Designer, Quixel SUITE, Photoshop 3D Modeling Texturing (PBR) Animation Lighting Material Editor in Squad SDK (Unreal Engine 4) Designer / Mapper Unreal Engine 4, World Machine Level Design Theory / Principles Creating basic landscape materials (Unreal Engine 4) Landscape Tools in Squad SDK (Unreal Engine 4) Foliage Tools in Squad SDK (Unreal Engine 4) Programmer / Blueprints Unreal Engine 4, Visual Studio C++ Blueprints in Squad SDK (Unreal Engine 4) Experience with other Scripting Languages helps All of the software, techniques and knowledge listed is available out there on the internet. Unreal Engine has a vast level of official documentation, artists can find lots of creative tutorials on YouTube for free, designers and mappers have a lot of official Squad content to learn from and explore and programmers and people looking to get into anything technical have the same. That's it for this recap. We hope that you enjoyed the content and will visit the Squad Modding Hub to join in on the fun! Squad Modding Hub: DISCORD LINK Best regards, Zeno - Mitsu - R0tzbua With the help of Igno, P1nga and Assifuah. Squad Modding Hub, Management Team
June Edition The heat is on Welcome back to another update from the Modding Hub community! Summer has definitely arrived, and with it, fresh content from our dedicated band of modders. Speaking of Modders, the official Squad Modding hub is growing ever stronger, with plenty of new members joining every day, seeking help and guidance, and we will be there to help them out. So this is definitely the right timing to jump into the editor and start learning, because you will also have a 1800+ member strong modding community that will help you along the way. Squad SDK is now available on Epic Games Launcher Thanks to the outstanding support of the Squad developers and our friends at Epic we can now enjoy modding even more. You now have the chance to download the official SDK release through the Epic Games Launcher. This will allow the developers to push their latest content to the SDK and let modders automatically update their SDK to the latest version. To get the official Squad SDK release please view the step-by-step guide down below. Beware that you now don’t need to download any Unreal Engine version before hand because the SDK already includes the current engine version the game is running on. Migrating previous content to the new SDK Migrating your content you’ve created in the previous version of the SDK should work fine. To do so, open your old project, right click the contents you want to migrate, select Asset Actions and then Migrate from the context menu. You’ll now be prompted to add or remove related assets and then select the destination where you want to migrate to. Make sure your relative file paths are the same, meaning that the folder structure should be the same as in the old project. You may run into compatibility issues or your merge might be faulty, so it’s best to make a backup of your content before merging. Documentation on Migrating Assets How do I get involved in the modding community for Squad? These are the very first steps you will take to join the modding community of Squad! Head over to https://www.unrealengine.com/ and then click the big blue button titled “Get Unreal”. Register and create your Epic Account. Download the Epic Games Launcher / Unreal Engine 4. Download the Squad SDK located in the “Modding” tab on the Epic Games Launcher. Recommended: Join us all at the Squad Modding Hub over on Discord: www.discord.me/SquadModdingHub You will be able to communicate with fellow modders, ask for help, discuss mods, share ideas as well as interact with the developers of Squad itself! However, please don’t view the latter as an opportunity to swamp the developers with game ideas and what they should do with their game etc, this is a relaxed environment and such ideas should be submitted through the proper channels such as the Suggestions section on the official Squad forums! Notes: When you first launch the Squad SDK it will take a fair amount of time to initialise / compile all the information in order to run the editor. This typically takes anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes and has taken even longer in some cases, it varies depending on your system specifications. Please ensure that you are patient and wait it out! What do I want to do? As you may have noticed, Squad is a huge game in terms of variation in content ranging from weapons, characters and vehicles to larger scale elements such as environments. All of this content requires knowledge that can span several disciplines as well as proficiency in external software such as 3D modelling packages (Autodesk 3DS Max, Blender, ZBrush etc) and common game art / design guidelines. There is a lot to do in the Squad SDK and making the decision of where to start can be the most difficult one, especially for a person with lots of ideas in mind. Personally, if you are someone who has no prior experience in modding or has no game development related knowledge at all, I recommend jumping into the editor and messing around with it for an evening or two to settle down and gain an understanding of the UI and navigation. Explore the existing content for a while and once you’re comfortable enough, you can start deciding on what you would like to sink your teeth into! Ask yourself what you want to create. Chances are, if you’re being realistic, you can bring whatever idea you have to Squad! Do you want to see different weapons, more attachments, whole factions, various maps that can be fictional or fully based on real world locations, a more in depth medical system or even create your own style of emplacements to build? What do I need to learn? In this section I will talk about some of the knowledge you should seek to acquire in order to create the quality content you want to see in-game. First off, to keep it really simple, I will split us all into three major disciplines and note down what they should be looking to learn and what additional software they may need. Please keep in mind that you do NOT need to learn everything, especially if you’re working with a team that has members with knowledge of different areas. It would certainly help, but don’t be pressured to learn it all. Not to mention there’s a lot of helpful people ready to guide you in the Squad Modding Hub on Discord! Artist Autodesk 3DS Max & Maya, Blender, Pixologic ZBrush, World Machine, Substance Painter & Designer, Quixel SUITE, Photoshop 3D Modeling Texturing (PBR) Animation Lighting Material Editor in Squad SDK (Unreal Engine 4) Designer / Mapper Unreal Engine 4, World Machine Level Design Theory / Principles Creating basic landscape materials (Unreal Engine 4) Landscape Tools in Squad SDK (Unreal Engine 4) Foliage Tools in Squad SDK (Unreal Engine 4) Programmer / Blueprints Unreal Engine 4, Visual Studio C++ Blueprints in Squad SDK (Unreal Engine 4) Experience with other Scripting Languages helps All of the software, techniques and knowledge listed is available out there on the internet. Unreal Engine has a vast level of official documentation, artists can find lots of creative tutorials on YouTube for free, designers and mappers have a lot of official Squad content to learn from and explore and programmers and people looking to get into anything technical have the same. Brazilian Army Community Faction One of the first Community factions to be announced is the Brazilian Army. This team is being lead by Sshadowfox and is set to definitely add a very exotic flavour to the Squad universe. Their main focus at the moment is to create a unique set of environmental assets that will teleport you from the current open hills of Kohat to the lush rainforest of the Amazon. This is an ambitious project with an unique and exciting goal, so they will need all the help they can get. If you are interested in helping the Brazilian faction become reality, please follow the information below. Join their discord here: https://discord.me/ForcasBrasileirasSquad Winter Airport Marv has been busy at work this month also, and have gone from tropical forests to icy tundra. The map in the images below is based on a eastern european airport covered in deep snow, also featuring a total reskinned eastern European faction to go along with it. We are all very excited to see the coming of winter map, and looking forward to see the progress ahead. Name: Góra Size: 8x8km Creator : LMR Sahara A mountainous European map with two lakes, villages, and dense forests. There is a road going up to the Mountain in which there is an active Military outpost, and a Historic castle with abandoned bunkers. You can lurk through the remote forests and you may be surprised with who, or what you may encounter. Name: Forgotten Forest Theme: Foggy, Eerie and abandoned Creator: Igno A scenic map that features Villages, a scenic lake and beautiful forests, get your woodland camo on for this one. To finish up this months recap we have two more “4 teh lulz” videos that shows off some of the more funny things you can do with the SDK. Jonpas and his Banana grenade for scale And The Salt and his prototype for Squad: Farming simulator 2016 That's all for this month, make sure to check in to the Modding Hub for all your modding needs, and we will see you in the next edition of The Wrench! Squad Modding Hub: - Discord link - Best regards. Zeno - Mitsu - Rotzbua With the help from Igno - Assifuah - P1nga Squad Modding Hub Management Team
I apologize if this topic is too negative - But I hope the Offworld team appreciates criticism by the community. Some brief questions to the devs about common concerns in the Squad community: - Why focus on performance heavy (but neat) things like dynamic foliage, barrel smoke etc. when the server-player sync is sweating at 70p, inf only, low detail maps? Will the server-player sync handle such things on a 100p vehicle map? Can you afford spending resources on this when there's sync issues already? - Some insiders have hinted you may have to abandon the 100p combined arms goal and stick with a smaller scale/fewer vehicles maps due to resource restrictions. Why are you adding more high resource features instead of abandoning these if they risk costing so much you must give up the 100p C.A. goal? - The current v. is poorly optimized for all, and worse still for AMD users. Current early alpha graphics are p. much on par with PR:BF2, and I can run these maxed at ~20FPS, when I can run the gorgeous Battlefront reboot at ~100fps, (64p with vehicles). Shouldn't optimizing/improving graphics be a #1 priority, rather than adding more content? - The design of the maps leaves a lot to be desired. Yes, the Russian maps+TrueSky look better, but still. What we've seen from the community artists/modders is gorgeous. What priority vs. adding more content is given to releasing mod tools atm? Will you, once mod tools are released, focus on working on the much needed polish of gameplay aspects like controls, optimizations, streamlining, and engine features, and let the community create most of the art and content like maps/new vehicles, with an efficient incorporation of the best of this to the base game? - What many people liked about the PR inf controls vs. those of, say, ArmA was the quicker, more responsive and direct, 'arcade-ish' feel since it felt like you were the soldier, whereas the hyper-realistic ArmA controls with delays, wobbly camera (which is 'realistic' - your head moves around IRL - but put on screen, you can't use the part of your brain that compensates for this to give a steady perception), and exaggerated endurance effects makes it feel like your soldier has brain damage from sniffing glue. If Squad is the spiritual successor to PR, and is "a balance of arcade, teamwork, and realism", why add hyper-realistic features that make controls less responsive and direct, like momentum while sprinting, excessive camera wobble, stamina effects on camera movement, breath hold for short range weps (which ruins suppressive fire), too much recoil climb vs. recoil spread, delayed animation start for switching weapons and reloading, etc., which makes it feel like someone else is controlling your character? - With the explosion of new players in a game where a good gameplay experience relies mostly on playing with like minded people, why not add things like automatic mic check to join certain servers and such tools to filter servers by desired play style? In Squad, you all too often have a bad time by only finding casual no mic players when you want teamwork, or only serious mic users getting annoyed at you for wanting to play casual without voice chat. I hope you have time to answer some of this. Sincerely, Bollz and the community
Hello everyone, I looked around in the forum but couldn't find what I was looking for, hope it's not a reposted topic. I just recently discovered Squad, and I like the concept behind it, but please note I still do not own a copy of the game. I''ve been developing a 5x5 Km terrain for A3 (kinda tiny for A3 gameplay), and now I've read that 4x4 core area for an 8x8 Km terrain is perfect for Squad. But I am now thinking I might shift my terrain model (either 0.5/1 m cell size and 0.5/1 px/m sat resolution), mask layers, road shapes etc... to UE4 which is much more reliable and user friendly than Terrain Builder :P But I have a couple questions about it: 1) Are we allowed to use some vanilla assets in custom terrains (as you would in Arma) or are we required to use only our own trees/buildings/fences etc.? 2) Do you guys have a link to a thread or guide about particular issues on UE4 terrains for Squad? Such as optimal texture sizes, grid size, how building destruction is handled... :) Thanks for any help!
IRONXBAY posted a topic in Off-Topic Discussionhttp://www.polygon.com/features/2015/7/2/8885549/day-z-dean-hall-ion-e3 Now, regardless of whether you love, hate or feel indifferent towards Dean Hall -- he makes up a unique group of people in the gaming industry/community, in that he's one of the people that have been at the forefront of the early access trend of games recently and how they are brought into existence. And it's a very relevant topic, considering the game we're all here supporting. Offworld Industries is most definitely an 'indie' game developer, although I wouldn't go as far to say they're developing an 'indie' game. I dunno, that term just doesn't sit right with me when applied to Squad. However, in the end, all i'm trying to get at here is that this is an interesting article, and I think the devs especially would find it intriguing (if they haven't already read it). I feel like from what i've seen so far from Offworld, i've got a hunch that they understand a point that Dean Hall makes in this article: having a solid road map is extremely important. Or, at the very least, not revealing anything of your road map unless it's solid and you for sure can stand by it and make whatever part that is, happen. The devs haven't laid out a hugely complex timetable with specific dates, and while that's risky in its own right (some people have expectations they want fulfilled), it's even more risky to make promises and dthen not be able to deliver on them. (And a lot of the time, delays in game development can be caused by unforeseen obstacles just as often as they can be caused by a game studio overestimating/overstating their own capabilities.) I'm sure the ArmA 3 devs didn't expect that some of their team would get arrested on the suspicions of being spies while gathering photographic material for their level design, so I think it's a good thing Offworld, so far, is approaching this in a rational way. I will always prefer having a little patience for regular, solid updates from honest devs that regularly communicate with their supporters than huge promises not delivered on by studios that sink themselves too deep and can't keep a focused strategy.
Epic will hand out the money in increments ranging from $5,000 to $50,000, and there truly are no strings. Submit a video and a description of your prototype -- a game, app, film, architectural program, anything built in Unreal Engine 4 -- to [email protected], and a small group of Epic employees will review and award projects it deems worthy. These chosen developers get the money to use however they wish. No contract, no mandated follow-up, no development milestone schedule. They can use the cash to fund development of their projects, or to take a long vacation in Florida. Really, Sweeney assures me. "There's not any sort of contract involved in this," he says. "If your project merits awesomeness, then we'll give the award out. We don't want to put ourselves in a position of accounting for anybody's funds. It's your money at that point and you can do with it what you want. The kind of teams that we're looking at doing these projects are super motivated to do good work, and so I doubt we'll see anybody doing anything other than furthering their project goals." http://www.engadget.com/2015/02/19/epic-games-unreal-dev-grants/
Since UE4 is updated every 1.5 months or so, sometimes with big improvements, when will Offworld industries lock down the engine and stop updating their game with new UE4 features? I know the game is at least on UE 4.8, but 4.9 adds in early support for DX12 and a good many shadow and particle effects improvements. At what point do the devs have to stop re-working the game when a new UE4 version comes out?
Mitsu posted a topic in QuestionsTo include some more detail into my question: I'd like to know if the Developers or Testers have found something they feel proud of in this early stage in terms of technical finesse. Or is there something you would consider a great accomplishment within Squad that you'd like to see implemented in more games? Things I've seen so in videos is the very authentic freelook while sprinting which I found very interesting. I'm sure UE4 will serve well, though I have only a rudimentary understanding of what the engine is capable off, but so far I'm quite impressed.
Hi, I know the devs probably haven't thought about this too much and it isn't a priority at all, but will a RCON interface be supported for Squad servers? For anyone who doesn't know, RCON is a protocol invented by Valve for admins to interact with their server without having to join their servers, and this can be done on iOS devices, computer, anything with a client really. This means, anyone will be able to write a client and commands can be supported, server settings can be changed, players can be banned, plug-ins can be developed, etc... It's super useful for any hardcore admins. Here's some more info about it, it specifies Source games, but RCON has been implemented in BF, Minecraft, etc...: https://developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/Source_RCON_Protocol I'm primarily wondering because I was part of a team that wrote RCON tools and admin interfaces for Battlefield 3/4, and it'd be interested to do the same for Squad.
Rayyaan posted a topic in Feedback & Suggestions'Enhanced Development'? Long Term Suggestion This is an ideological 'shortcut' to 'enhance' the development of SQUAD by speeding up the introduction of Conventional vs Conventional Battles/Combined Arms Gameplay. Depending on the specific conventional faction it can speed up the development in a variety of ways: Re-using assets already availableSelecting Assets which may be easier to produce or be available from 'free lancers', online shops and the communityLess Research or Ultra Specific EquipmentHow so? Take this basic example: Russian faction equipment is generally in many real life factions or has been exported to conflict zones creating many options or recycling ideas. The Advanced Example The advanced example would be a fictional conventional faction based on political 'drama'. The MEC of BF2 is a prime example. A unique pan arab coalition could be interesting by drawing community (mod) work and recycling BLUFOR and REDFOR assets and allows for a 'cherry picked' work load which could significantly reduce the time used in making content and testing it. Additionally, a fictional cherry picked equipment faction with an original name would give SQUAD a unique identity. For example: Is there a faction in a FPS called 'OPEC Alliance' (simplistic example). Hypotheticallly they can use recycled REDFOR and BLUFOR assets due to real life backgronds. REDFOR mainly coming from the 'outlaws' of the middle east IE Iran, Libya, Syria, Iraq (having a host of previous army equipment and donated dated-soviet equipment). Recycled BLUFOR Assets can come from 'the good guys' (which turned bad in this scenario): Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar, UAE. 2 extra benefits of this Pan Arab/Middle Eastern Alliance is that it could later be used in Insurgency style gameplay and that it actually avoids things which might be seen as 'politically sensative' (IE the polar opposite would be to make an Islamic State faction and get all the publicity you need lol but with a possible bad reputation and possibility of countries blocking the sale of your game).
I didn't see a page about jobs and was wondering if you were looking for or open to other people joining development. I would love to do some level design for this game and have used UE to make maps before. It's a long shot to ask but I really adored PR and would love to use my skills to contribute to squad!
Hi Devs, I just found your project and see tremendous potential! As you know, software development takes considerable time and resources but as you have already a serious base it should be easy to attract interested and skilled devs without affecting the overall project direction. A deal breaker for me, however, is if the project I spend my free time on is not open. Have you considered taking an open approach to development like UE4 itself does? OpenSourcing the project would not negatively impact the commercialization of Squad since the trademark remains in your possession and you could consider a restrictive license for the creative parts such as textures, maps, models, weapons etc. While tremendously increasing the development quality (more review, testing, feedback). As developer you also get more credentials by showing off your work and skills making the challenge even more rewarding. Since you remain in charge of the repository you're also free in selectively adapting "foreign" changes. I also do not see any downsides to an open development model. Traditionally security (by obscurity) is a moot argument, also I suppose that the netcode is largely from UE anyway.. Please voice and discuss any concerns or objections to such an opening and the reasoning behind. I would be most interested in improving the code behind Squad should you choose to open up development.
Devs have you considered adding in the use of bandages into SQUAD but with a difference, everytime someone uses and or gets bandaged there player model gets a bandage either around the arm, head, chest, leg.. This could make the game add just that slight bit more detail than most you see published nowadays. It would also look great! adding in that extra aspect that shows the pure struggle you might go through in a round. Any thoughts?? I'm going to keep positing random questions/ideas to help. - Daruth [EDIT]: This would only be a cosmetic feature in SQUAD, where the player gets extra bandages surrounding areas of the body after healed (as generally described above). This isn't a number one priority for the dev team its for the small details later in development... Thank you for the great comments so far everyone.