Status Update #12: Expectations


A couple of things to clear up on the mods upcoming first alpha, a few features have changed on the mod over the last couple of years and I feel some may be disappointed with a few of the design choices we made.

Lets get right into it!

Open world?


Originally our focus was to create a vast open world similar to something you would see in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R series, but due to hardware performance limitations (and a couple of gameplay mechanics we’ve introduced) we’ve had to dial this back significantly.

The mod is a bit more hub like in its current state, but we feel we can keep the horror aspects of the mod more focused this way. It still feels open, but not to the extent we were originally planning.

The alpha will contain the first two levels.

The first level is quite linear, but this is only to teach new players the rules of the game world.

The second level represents more of what we’re trying to do with a hub like world structure.



We were hoping to hand out roughly 1 – 1.5 hours worth of gameplay with this first alpha, but we’ve made a decision to chop the 3rd level off making it roughly 30-45 minutes in duration.

We felt this would be best since we don’t want to spoil half the mod with something that is still WIP. The first two levels we’ll be sending out will contain everything the core gameplay loop has to offer.

The good news is, I may be able to push the Alpha release to be earlier than the 30-31st of this month, we’ll see how we go 😉

Bloom & Post Processing Effects

All of the post-processing effects (minus the motion blur) are achieved with an awesome OpenGL modifier plugin called ReShade. This won’t be included won’t be included with the download of Total Chaos (due to legal reasons and all that fun stuff), however I will look into providing the profile information to get the same look that you can see in the screenshots (someone more familiar with shader code may even come up with a better profile!)

Motion Blur

Motion blur effects will not be included with the primary release of the Alpha, due to the heavy performance cost. There will be a separate download containing the map data allowing for motion blur (for those who are brave enough to try it).

Thanks for reading!

The mod has changed quite significantly over the last three years, hopefully we made all the right choices, but if not, we’re open to changing stuff around if you believe it would make the mod better.

I can’t wait to show you all what we’ve been brewing up!


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