Firstly, i'll explain the Northern Ireland: 1983 project, and what we are attempting to do.
Basically, the main idea was to feature as much as we could from the 83-84 period, in regards to media, style, and equipment, which is one of the main thing's we're looking for to make it seem more in-depth, and playable. We're making every attempt to make the mod as unbiased as possible, but at the same time, it has to be remembered that there were horrendous actions on both sides, and more so in regards to the paramilitaries on both the Loyalist, and Republican sides. Anyway, we hope you enjoy it when we finally release it, but with the current work load, you're looking at between 10-12 months, mainly due to the plot design, level design, and AI that needs to be incorporated (The last one is vital, as Crysis standard AI is shoddy, and doesn't do what we need it to do.).
The story begins in the ending months of 1983. Northern Ireland, and in particular County Armagh and County Down, have been wracked by recent attacks on the RUC, the Army, and the civilian populace. According to Intelligence reports, this is believed to be due to a recent split in the Provisional IRA, with the hardliners splitting from the main body, to form their own paramilitary organisation due to the recent appearance of PIRA bending more towards a peaceful solution, rather than one of violence.
You take the role of 29 year old Sgt. John Casey, a member of the British Special Boat Squadron, the maritime equivalent of the SAS. You, and an 8 man patrol, have been dispatched to the province in an attempt to cripple the new splinter group, via tracking down and eliminating or capturing their leadership, before there are further attacks. The threat has to be eliminated, before it is too late. Failure is not an option.
We decided to work with Cryengine2 for a number of reasons. Firstly, the much larger areas available for use in gameplay - this is vital for a game that we're trying to bill as a large, open attack style game. Secondly, the higher levels of geometry allow us more detail - as you can see from the below weapons, than say, Source. 6K polygons, for the most part, is more than enough for most weapons you could say. Thirdly, the environmental settings allowed us to really use the engine to its limit, displaying Ireland, the UK, and elsewhere to the full extent of the Cryengine's power - it ain't just good with Jungle ya know. Finally, its got a fairly large, and able, modding community available, which allows questions about the engine, or possibilities to be quickly dealt with, and even better, improved by the community.
Anyway, now, I'll give you several pieces of media that we've been working on since January, when we started this total conversion, otherwise i'll probably get a good slap from a mod for not showing what we're about... :PL1A1 SLR (Modelled by James G. Elmslie)
The L1A1 is a rifle that has stood the test of time, and one of the best rifles still in existance - some would say outstripping the British Army's replace, the SA80 series of rifles/carbines. The high poly model comes in at approximately 168,000 polygons.L96 Marksman's Rifle (Modelled by James G. Elmslie)
The British Army's L96 rifle, the newest and most accurate rifle in the British Military's arsenal in 1983, and still being delivered to units in active service, this firearm replaced the venerable Lee-Enfield L42A1 Marksman rifle which will also feature in the mod.
Designed by Olympic shooting gold medallist Malcolm Cooper, the Accuracy international is here depicted with a Dovetail Mounted Schmidt-Bender optical scope, rather than the picatinny rail mount seen on more modern versions of the same firearms platform, another example of the technology of the period we are depicting in NI: 1983.
This model, produced with a combination of box modelling and soft-surface sculpting weighs in at 128,694 triangles. The ingame geometry LOD model are designed to allow clean transfer of normal map detail to the lower polygon meshes.RPG-7 (Modelled by James G. Elmslie)
The ruggedness, simplicity, low cost, and effectiveness of the RPG-7 have made it the most widely used anti-tank weapon in the world. Currently around 40 countries use the weapon, and it is manufactured in a number of variants by nine countries. It is also popular with irregular and guerrilla forces. The RPG has been used in almost all conflicts across all continents since the mid-1960s from the Vietnam War to the present day War in Afghanistan and Iraq War.
As with the L1A1, and the L96, this was produced with a combination of box modelling and soft-surface sculpting. The model comes in at some 126,000 polygons.
I'll be adding further images later, not just of clay models (Though, for the most part, those are the best images to show in my opinion) but for now, heres our ModDB link for you to look over, and see further information - I'll add more images either in another post, or add to this one.http://www.moddb.com/games/northern-ireland-pathfinder
We are currently going through a complete overhaul of the development, both in the information that we display, the features, and internal structure of our team. While I'm not sure if I'm allowed to do this in this area, if you're interested in helping out, could you please post, or send me a PM/Email.
Thanks for your time,
Iron Wolf Studios Team Lead
NOTE - Images not showing for some odd reason. Think the links are broken to them, i'll attempt to rectify another time. :P