Development Update June 2013

June 24th, 2013 by Xendrid Hello Survivors! The burning question right now: Where is the Steam release? The short answer is close. The long answer being: There are two major issues we need to get resolved before we feel like we can pull the lever. The first being Steamworks integration. We are waiting on some emails from Valve right now to get us up and running at full capacity on the Steam pipe. The second issue is an elusive, major crash bug.

Let us talk about what is included in 1.07 shall we? We have two new survival maps, nms_ransack by Lou_Saffire and nms_notld by Payne. Ransack is set in a dense urban environment centered around a convenience store. NotLD (Night of the Living Dead) is the most accurate adaptation of the set from the classic 1968 Romero film ever created. The objective maps we have in development are not ready for the release, unfortunately. They will be patched in post-release.

Xendrid has been learning how to animate and has replaced the zombie run animation with a motion captured run. We plan to add several more run animation variants post-release as well as overhauling the climbing, shambling, and attack animations. The first versions of our own custom player animations are finished. They need to be coded in the game however and may not make it into the initial release since the crash bug is top priority. One of our new texture artists Porky-da-Corgi has been creating new texture variations for our zombies. He isn't finished with all the zombies yet, but post-release patches will see each zombie having three or more alternate variants. Though the Steam release won't be featuring any new playable characters or NPCs, longtime member, CYN, our new lead character artist and our newest modeler Plasmid are working on some fresh content. We'll post some media on those in the coming weeks. The Deerhunter bow and CZ858 are fully functional in-game. In order to give the player better feedback we implemented a highlight system for all items. The highlight will appear green if you are able to pick up the item/weapon. The highlight will appear red if your inventory is full. This is just the first step in removing the clunkyness from the flow of the game.

The team has been brainstorming achievement ideas. Maxx has already created a plethora of achievement icons. We are also putting together Steam trading cards!



ATTENTION COMMUNITY MAPPERS...

The Steam release will not be compatible with current custom maps. We have been methodically cleaning out our material and models folders removing and remaking certain content. This means all current existing custom maps will be filled with missing textures and models. This is an unfortunate setback, but it is a necessary evil and will be better in the long run.

We'll be posting up a new dev-blog video later this week to showcase some of the content mentioned above. In the meantime, we handed out some keys to an early build of 1.07 to SeaNanners and Diction:




New Official Steam Group!
 

Developer Log - The First

March 11th, 2013 by Dman757 It's been a while since we've released a proper update but that changes today! David 'Dman757' Meade brings you a quick look at some of the upcoming annoucments and going ons here at No More Room in Hell.

This video is the first in a new series of videos in which we hope to highlight what we're working on behind the scenes.

Check out our new official Steam group!

OST Preview - HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

December 25th, 2012 by Xendrid

Happy Holidays from the No More Room in Hell development team! We would like to give you a little gift this Holiday season. 'What's this?' you might ask, shaking the box. The blood spattered wrapping paper falls to bits as you hungrily claw and tear your way through. Within you find six haunting and chilling, previously unreleased tracks from our OST that has been in the works for some time now.

OST Preview - HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

NMRiH OST PREVIEW
01 City of Sorrows
02 Survival Trailer Theme
03 Counting ZOMBIES
04 Defector
05 Time to Run and Gun
06 Infection v1.05

Composed by Garrett "ThoughT" Lindquist.
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Beta v1.06 Release

November 19th, 2012 by Xendrid

Where is Greenlight?!

Many of you have been wondering when our game will be available on Steam. We are working closely with Valve on making this a reality. We should be ready to launch on Steam with our next patch! We plan on making 1.07 our biggest patch yet. As development happens, we will throw up some videos on our YouTube channel.

Tired of Survival? Don't worry! nay0r, Lou Saffire, and thegregster are working on fresh objective maps. That doesn't mean we won't be giving you more Survival content though. Shirk is finalizing his map deemed Suburb Survival. In the next few weeks we will be showing you some screenshots and videos of those so keep a vigilant eye out.

As for the present, here is Beta 1.06 featuring two new weapons, a new blood tech, and saying goodbye to a lot of old Half-Life 2 content!


If you experience problems with the patch, try installing the full 1.06 client and see if that resolves any issues. If using the 'G' key for throwing weapons does not work, rebind the command in the console:

bind g +dropweapon

Beta 1.05 to 1.06 Patch

NMRiH Beta 1.05 to 1.06 Patch

Beta 1.06 Client Full

NMRiH Beta 1.06 Client Full
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Beta 1.06 Client Full - EU Mirror


Beta 1.06 Patch Notes

Code
  • Added option on character select dialog for ammo checks to be audio only, HUD only, or both
  • Added multiple voice sets for ammo checks, reloads, and voice commands; can be changed on character select dialog
  • Added weapon barrel smoke that appears after firing for an extended amount of time
  • Ammo checks, reloads, and voice commands now use temporary entities which should reduce network traffic
  • Backpedal speed no longer affected by stamina, and while ironsighted is about 3x previous speed
  • Blood tech on all weapons, when impacting or shoving flesh there is a 40% chance your weapon can become bloodied (stacks up to 4x)
  • Fixed infinite grenade bug
  • Fixed keypad getting stuck if up during a death or map change
  • Fixed possible crashes caused by zombie ragdolls
  • Fixed welder particles not appearing correctly
  • Increased player view height
  • Modified the way melee traces are done so that they should be a lot more accurate when aiming at the head
  • Re-added ammo counts to the ammo HUD
  • Supply helicopter is much more precise with its drop locations
  • Total stamina increased by 30%
  • Throwable weapons (hold down G with a melee weapon to throw)
  • Weapons and objective items can no longer be lost inside the clip for objects like body bags
  • Dropped weapons and ammo fall in a random direction so you can pick them up individually
  • Zombie spawning completely rebuilt for improved performance
  • Zombies catch each other on fire
  • Zombies will take different paths from each other, making navigation more realistic
  • Increased sound attenuation to facilitate more realistic player-player communications
  • Reduced overall zombie count for server performance and ping while increasing the density of zombies near players
  • Zombies spawn no less than twice the distance from players as in 1.05
  • Players will no longer spawn near zombies
  • Zombies will no longer respawn in small rooms once entered
  • Added spawn_density variable to mapper's overlord_zombie_helper entity to allow mappers to control the amount of zombies on their maps
  • Reduced stamina cost of shove to 50% if you hit your target
  • Increased blunt push back chance
  • Updated localization for Russian
  • Added Spanish localization
  • Added Italian localization
  • Added Japanese localization
  • Added initial Polish closed captions/subtitles
  • Changed default values of cl_cmdrate, cl_updaterate, rate to 60, 100, 60000
  • Zombies will spawn with 1 out of 3 possible collision groups, to stop the "super zombie" stacking
  • Weapon penetration is enabled for the Winchester 1892
  • Objective mode: func_zombie_spawn brushes no longer ignore the "start disabled flag". Be sure to use I/O to enable these zones when you want zombies in them.
  • mp_friendlyfire set to 0 by default (Server owners can re-enable friendly fire if they so choose)
  • If mp_friendlyfire is set to 0, players can now deal damage towards infected players
  • Improved map loading
Art
  • New particle textures
  • Brighter zombie flames
  • New welder sparks
  • New electrical trap particles
  • New grenade/gascan explosions
  • Reworked blood particles and textures
  • Finalized blood puddles
  • Updated muzzle flashes
  • Various environmental effects
  • Added 10 new blood decals and replaced various bullet impact art
  • Added kitchen knife melee weapon
  • Added Ruger MK III
  • Optimized various textures
Sound
  • Added new dynamic footstep playback system
  • Updated footstep sounds for various materials
  • Added clothes movement sounds for walking and running
  • Increased sample playback speed for running
  • Added new ambient fire sounds
  • Added new sounds for when a zombie's head explodes
  • Added new sounds for blood squirting out of the neck of decapitated zombies
  • Replaced all current melee swing sounds; sharp light, sharp heavy, blunt light, blunt heavy, fists.
  • Replaced flesh impact sounds; bullet impacts, blunt weapon impacts and sharp weapon impacts..
  • Replaced air vent sound on Northway
  • Decreased vending machine buzz volume on Northway
  • Decreased standing spot light buzz volume on Northway
  • Replaced weapon draw and holster sounds
  • Replaced shove sounds
  • Replaced ‘look-down-sights' sounds
  • Improved M16A4 hand tap sound
  • Improved Mac10 pull draw sound
  • Remastered the following gunshot sounds; Ruger, Mossberg, Remington and Winchester1892.
  • Added MK III fire and dry fire sounds
  • Replaced Revolver, MP5 and SV10 fire sounds
  • Replaced Heart beating sound
  • Updated breathing sounds
Maps
  • nms_northway
    • Added a new parking area
    • Welder can be found in underground level of the map
    • Added barricade boards to safezones
    • Added 5 random codes (found around the level on notes on walls) for the backroom-keypad of the warehouse area
    • Added few more weapons and ammo around the map.
    • Increased the amount of zombies spawning in the map
    • Lowered runner-wave from 3 to 2, but in exchange, raised the child-wave from 4 to 5
    • Finale should now happen at wave 9 instead of 13
    • Reworked player spawns
    • Added soundscapes for more atmospheric experience
    • Optimizations
    • Added playerclips to eliminate godspots
    • Added 3D-skybox
    • Added a third safezone, which is the "Security Room" behind the Market
    • Added a third health crate
  • nmo_cabin
    • Enhanced zombie spawning
    • Increased weapon count and ammo count
    • Added bandages/medkits
    • Added barricade boards
    • Polished some ares of the map
  • nms_favela
    • Increased brightness
    • Added soundscape
    • Added winning scenario
    • Changed final wave from 15 to 18
  • nmo_chinatown
    • Replaced police lights with new particle effect
    • Polished some ares of the map
    • Added two new storage rooms in the map that contains extra supplies
    • Further optimization
  • nmo_broadway
    • Clipped all vehicles and godspots
    • Tweaked weapon count
    • Added bandages/medkits
    • Added barricade boards
    • Polished some areas of the map
    • New spawn area with roof
    • Added new particles
  • Custom Map Notice: In objective mode, func_zombie_spawn brushes no longer ignore the "start disabled flag". Be sure to use I/O to enable these zones manually if they are disabled.

Ammo Checking & Voice Sets

We added the ability to customize your character with different voice sets as well as tailoring the way you want your ammo checking to be.



You may have noticed from the changelog that we updated a lot of our sound effects, replacing some that were vanilla Half-Life audio. Last month we introduced Tom 'rezOnance' Wright to the team. He has been helping revamp a lot of the foley and sound effects within the game, and made a blog post about creating some of these sick sounds! Check it out here. Tom also put together a little video of the new sounds added to 1.06. Listen to some heads pop!

Stay alive!

Post your comments on the forum!

Community Map Pack 1

October 3rd, 2012 by Xendrid It's October. The prime month for horror! We've been hammering on the 1.06 update applying changes from the great feedback you guys have given us. The team has added some new faces this September! Level designers Lou Saffire and thegregster101 (creators of two awesome community maps: Isolated and Hershel's Farm) have joined us. Tal and MrCJ are working with us as new prop modellers. In the sound department rezOnance is taking on the foley work. We finally filled some animator positions as well! FreddyFredFred and John are on board to help with character animations and more.

Community Map Pack 1
Our community is pretty awesome. Greenlight was a great indication of this. With overwhelming support we were one of the first 10 games to be Greenlit on the service. When will it be on Steam? It is going to take awhile. We are currently waiting on Valve to move things forward. We'd just like to thank you all for the support you gave us. Our future is brighter than ever!

We like to think that mods have a closer connection to the community than AAA developers and in most instances that is true. While we are hard at work updating the game, the community is hard at work making the maps they would like to play in NMRiH. With that said we are releasing a .zip full of maps made by the community.

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nms_townhouse by Lanix
nms_intersection_b1_3 by Reynard Hartmann
nms_hershels_farm_v2 by thegregster101
nms_genocide_b5 by Fathomless
nms_Gasstation_v2 by Krackman
nmo_flowingdisaster_b3 by MrNyet
nmo_frostbite_b4 by MrNyet


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You can find more custom maps and the latest versions on our forum here. Made a map? Feel free to post it!


Biohazard Project
Resident Evil fans rejoice! An incredible rendition of RE2 is being made in the form of the Biohazard Project produced by Morgoth and his team. The map project promises a complete "Racoon City Police Department experience" from Resident Evil 2. It will feature the puzzles of RE2 in true No More Room in Hell co-op fashion. Check out their progress at their ModDB page. They also released a trailer:


Greenlight? More like Greenlit!

September 12th, 2012 by Maxx

And it is all thanks to you! We could never have done this without the support of all of our fans who took the time to download the game and give us their thumbs-up  on Greenlight. 

So after years of turmoil, struggle and hard work,  the team is proud to announce that thanks to the community’s generous support we have officially met the requirements of Valve’s Greenlight process.  This news represents a turning point in NMRIH’s development cycle, as we will soon have the full support of Valve and its ever-growing community.  Although this means major positive changes for the way NMRIH fans get the latest updates and support, NMRIH has always been, and will remain a free modification for Half-Life 2.

We won't be on Steam for a while yet, though. There are some legal and technical details that we need to address before the game will be available on Steam. We are working tirelessly to make this a reality as quickly as possible. It will be good for us, good for you, and good for the game. 

Thank you all again so much, this is really like a dream come true and something I personally never expected would happen. But it did happen, and it happened because of you guys.  We are all just happy that you like the game!

-- Maxx
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 If you haven't done so yet, go and grab the No More Room in Hell 1.05 installer and give it a try!  I talk to many of you on a regular basis, and we are awlays interested in what you have to say. Stop by the forums and let us know what you think about the game! Check out our forum and give us your feedback, bug reports, ideas, and suggestions!  

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Beta 1.05 Release!

September 7th, 2012 by Dman757 Hello! 1.05 is finally here. It's been a long time coming and this patch is packed with new features, maps and weapons. We hope you enjoy  the changes we've made and just incase you don't send us an email we would love to hear your feedback: nmrihmod@gmail.com

Anyway have fun, good luck. - Dman

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We Need a Third-Person Animator

No More Room in Hell is on the lookout for talented Third-Person Animators. We have a dedicated team of developers who work on the mod in their free-time. This position is UNPAID. By working with us you will grow a healthy portfolio for future opportunities in the business as well as the unparallelled experience that comes with modding. Do you have the initiative to work on PC Gamer's 2011 Mod of the Year? We look forward to working with you and developing one hell of a mod! Click here for a full description and to apply.



Interview with Game Front

While in Texas for QuakeCon, we sat down with Game Front's Phil Hornshaw and Ross Lincoln for an interview about the history of the mod and its bright future! Check it out here. They also recently did a play though for their yourtube channel which you can find here.



1.05 Changelog

Code
  • New HUD elements: weight based radial selection menu with ammo counts
  • Ammo carrying capacity is now based on weight
  • Removed ammo count from indicator
  • Implemented audible ammo checks
  • Removed voice command text from chat
  • Implemented an optional subtitle system in place of the voice command text chat
  • Backward movement speed reduced
  • Added a 5% to 10% chance that damage to a zombie can stagger it back with sustained fire
  • Melee weapons now have a chance to stagger zombies; bladed weapons have a 10% chance of knocking a zombie back with a quick attack (35% for a charged attack) while in comparison, blunt weapons have a 40% chance for quick attacks (and 80% for charged attacks)
  • Melee weapon quick attacks now use up stamina; how much stamina used is based on the weapon itself (ex: sledgehammers use more strength, while a baseball bat doesn't)
  • Shoving and melee attacks won't use stamina if they don't hit anything (zombies, the ground, etc.)
  • Non-kid zombies now have a chance of falling over and reanimating instead of dying if not killed by a headshot
  • Bullet penetration through zombies for high caliber rifles and pistols
  • Various tweaks to preexisting stamina values
  • Added skill shot with pistols - standing still in iron sights for a time will trigger the mode with visual overlay allowing for increased shot damage
  • Player now has a chance to bleed out when taking damage, causing damage over time and increasing stamina jump cost
  • Initial FMOD Implementation
  • Set sv_master_legacy_mode to 0
  • Delayed navmesh loading: Servers won't take as long to switch maps
  • Optimized Maglite's dynamic lighting
  • Fixed various minor bugs, both client and server related
  • Added an "Advanced" button in the Multiplayer Options tab, allowing for easy toggling of preexisting commands (Toggable ironsights, etc.)
  • Initial implementation of the following localization files: French, German, Portuguese, Russian
  • Dead/late joining players can now respawn in the next wave in Survival Mode, regardless if the last 5 zombies in the previous wave were killed in time
  • Respawning players in Survival Mode will come back in with 50% health
  • Added holster command (in Keyboard Options)
Art
  • New main menu background and buttons
  • Updated HUD radial selection menu design
  • Added first aid kit (gives 20 HP) and bandages (stops bleeding)
  • Added bleed out screen vignette
  • Added M-10 submachine gun
  • Added Winchester 1892 rifle
  • Added various mall and biohazard props
  • Fixed bounding boxes for certain zombie models
  • Disabled splash screen video
  • Fixed min/max errors with certain models
  • Blood pools now form on ground
  • Updated blood, impact, and explosion effects
Sound
  • New main menu music
  • New infection audio
  • New loading music
  • Added audio files for ammo checking
  • Added audio for bleeding and bandage use
Maps
  • nms_northway
    • Added nms_northway by Sotapoika
  • nms_favela
    • Added nms_favela by Juniez
  • nmo_chinatown
    • Tweaked some props' fade-distances in the dockside to make it run smoother
    • Cleaned up navmesh
    • Added extra playerclips
    • Replaced some func_details with props
    • Added medkits and bandages in the map
    • Applied Nodraw to odd faces
    • Other minor tweaks
  • nms_isolated
    • Modified layout to optimize some parts of the map
    • Added bandages and first aid kits
    • Added Winning Scenario into the map (Survive at least 10 waves and a chopper will arrive)

Greenlight

We are on Steam Greenlight! If we receive enough upvotes the mod could appear officially on Steam. This extends our reach to a much larger audience, allows us to add more content per update, and get those updates out much more often. It also makes installation a breeze just like any other game you own on Steam. No More Room in Hell will still be 100% free. Everybody wins. Remember, Greenlight is not a competition so upvote other great titles while you are at it!


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Steam Greenlight

August 30th, 2012 by Xendrid Hello folks! We would like to thank everyone for being patient with 1.05. The update is in content lockdown and is undergoing testing for a release very soon! Right now however, we are on Steam's newest and most ambitious feature: GREENLIGHT! What is Greenlight? It gives indie and mod developers a chance to get their games Steam support. What does this mean for No More Room in Hell?

  • Easy installation
  • Faster updates to the game
  • Reaching a much wider audience of players
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All it takes is enough votes from the people who want all of the above! Don't worry, No More Room in Hell will always be 100% free.

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