If you attended the Reach Modding Gamenight tonight, you probably noticed that we suddenly whipped out Longswords while playing Green World and surprised everyone. So it is time for me to come clean.
So on March 30th I began attempted to get something from shared.map to show up in forge_halo. After a few hours I managed to add the appropriate mode meta, but got a glitchy mess.
After finding something I forgot to copy over (Fixup Reflexives in the ZONE chunk), I got one step further and managed to get half the model to load.
I found that the model would show properly in Adjutant, but I couldn't figure out why it wasn't working right ingame.
And for anyone following in the Assembly chat on Skype, that was the last you heard of it. I had half a Longsword and was completely stumped. The discussion went on in another chat however.
That following night I decided that I was going to base an April Fool's joke around it.
I also figured out what was wrong; a dataref tucked away at the bottom of ZONE, which holds extra information about the raw asset. Sure enough, copying the correct data over fixed the model ingame.
The next logical step was to add the main textures over, using the same process as the model. A few hours later and...
From here, everyone in the chat planned out the prank.
When the idea first came up the plan was to post a few fakes mixed in with a legit pic, then fully announce everything at the end of the day.
We eventually settled on all fake pics and an overall fake post, simply closing the thread at the end of the day and treat everything as a joke. The twist, being, however, that the Longswords photoshopped in were cut out of pictures of them already on Forge world.
For the payoff, it was decided that we do it during a gamenight. The gamenight would have certainly come much, much sooner than the 2 weeks it became, but there were schedule issues and it got set back as an unfortunate result. Over the course of the past 2 weeks I made it into a vehicle and running effects, which were later improved by deadcanadian. We chose the best course of action was to patch the Lonsword into Green World to conceal it the best we could. The patch was finalized Wednesday Night and was uploaded to the site along with the other patch choices on Thursday.
What remained was an anxious and neverous wait until this very moment. We had to cross our fingers that nobody would snoop and spoil the surprise, and apparently nobody did. So thanks for that.
So here we are now, taking another step into bringing life back into Halo Modding.
And in case you were wondering: Yes, we hope to add Tag Injection to Assembly's ever-expanding list of features in the near future. Until then, however, a tutorial will be written in the coming days for those who with to go about it themselves.
It feels great to finally let this announcement out legitimately, and I deeply apologize if keeping this secret until now has for any reason offended you.
- Thunder, Xerax, wtfisupwithmyname and 19 others like this