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PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2022 3:34 am    Post subject:  Development Status of Red Alert Redux
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Hi everyone! sgtmyers88, the leader of Red Alert Redux, has recently shared some progress done with this project with the public. Red Alert Redux is a total conversion for Command & Conquer: Generals Zero Hour that brings the Red Alert 1 universe into it. Here are the official words about it:

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Its been nearly a year since the C&C Red Alert Redux mod project was first announced with it being built off of lessons learned from the prior years developing C&C Tiberian Dawn Redux.





Today we will feature some of whats currently done and the general plans with what to expect with a first release for the established tech tree and a possible campaign demo as the mod approaches a playable beta stage and several game engine code issues are currently being addressed. Below is a short demo video of the Main Menu GUI and the general atmosphere that is being established for the mod. Impactful first impressions are good, right? Yes, the mod is nearing playable beta status and footage of that will be coming soon as we know that has been highly anticipated.



Red Alert Redux Menu Demo - Mod DB




Starting off, we want to make it clear we are leaning towards following the Dieselpunk art style done by Red Alert: A Path Beyond going for a more realistic tone with the sides using early 1950's to 1980's hardware and keeping the C&C Generals house color system instead of recoloring entire units. (C&C Renovato also did this, but never released) We got a lot of interesting ideas in mind that will be an enhancement to the original game with added upgrades and all new units. For example: The Allies will get a dedicated AA vehicle that will replace the Radar Jammer but also keep its function. The Soviets will keep the original Radar Jammer since its the same chassis as their Tesla Tank, though it may be slightly reworked. We also plan to use some modified variant of a Soviet BMP, MTLB, or GMZ vehicle as an APC/Mine Layer to further differentiate the Soviet version from the Allied APC (an M113). We are aware some purists may be upset, but please understand that Red Alert Redux is meant to be a re-imagining of RA1 to set itself apart from other mods, and the official remaster was recently released a few years ago. Doing so also makes use of new assets and a fully 3D game engine instead of how Westwood reused the assets and game engine of the first C&C at the time, so please don't expect everything to be identical (at least partially) to whatever was shown in the original game due to both artistic liberty and inevitable game engine limitations.



Tanya and an unnamed Soviet Commando







Another difference is the Soviets wont have a clone of Tanya for a hero unit. This is Tanya and a yet-to-be-named Soviet Commando-type unit. In-game both can one shot kill infantry and plant bombs. A fun fact is these two were put together using original C&C Generals/ZH game assets with custom textures and gun models. The texture for Tanya was taken from the RA cutscenes and applied on a slightly modified Black Lotus mesh. The Soviet Commando is a recolor of the China Officer mesh in Generals/ZH but uses Col. Burton animations. Volkov or Boris is on the shortlist for the Soviet Commando.

The GUI, & Ore Fields



As with TD Redux, it was decided to keep the functioning bottom bar from the stock game and reskin it to give it that trademark RA1 Dieselpunk art style. (like TD Redux, a Control Bar Pro version will be developed at a later date) As for the Ore & Gems, coding is pretty much finished for the Ore Field spread system, and the Ore and Gems are all implemented in the existing maps replacing the Supply Piles from Generals. Also, the Ore/Gems "pieces" in the rendered piles will render and delete themselves accordingly, thanks to reusing the Generals Supply Dock logic as the Ore Trucks interact with them.

Attack Dog Animations Completed




Attack Dog Animations & Coding Completed - Mod DB




One of the more challenging things to do is animating infantry and "organic" objects such as animals due to all the dynamic animation states needed to look somewhat realistic in-game. It can be tedious and time-consuming, which is why many modders choose to reuse stock game assets or slightly modify them simply. They are finally finished. Note the different idle animations and whatnot. Thanks go to VectorIV for the help on the basics. The Attack Dog texture was provided by photos of sgtmyers88's own German Shepard now immortalized in the mod.

New Terrain/Props and Campaign Map Templates












It was mentioned a while back how we developed a system to easily transform temperate maps into the snow and vice-versa, so here is an expanded view of a demo mission map to further demonstrate this. We also updated many more of the base game's terrain texture tiles with higher quality textures and redone the temperate mission map texture palette as I thought these look much closer to a true 3D remake of the game it is based on. Also added were several additional snow props that we felt were lacking in the base game (note the rock clusters have proper snow models now) to help this mod implement the atmosphere of the European Winters of Red Alert.

Vehicle Showcase



The iconic Soviet Mammoth Tank and The "Stalin" Heavy Tank. The latter is a twin-barrelled T-80U. The next generation in the famous line of Soviet IS series tanks in this timeline. Also, the Mammoth Tank might not get its missile batteries at the start and instead be a weapons upgrade like what the Overlord Tank or Humvee in Generals has.



The Soviet Mi-24 Hind Attack Helicopter is armed with Chainguns and can also get a Missile Pod upgrade. This may get edited to remove the nose-mounted weapon and switch it to the wings to differentiate it further from the Allied Apache Longbow.



This is the Soviet Tesla Tank. A vehicle that utilizes Tesla technology to deliver devastating bolts of electrical energy. The "bolts" shown will work the same way as normal weapon muzzle flashes in-game, thanks to how the game code works.







Soviet Aircraft models were graciously donated by Black_Drakon and converted for use in this project. The Yak-9 Fighter and the Yak-24 Transport Helicopter.








And a few Allied vehicles, a reused/modified M1A1 Abrams and M110 model from TD Redux (for the Medium Tank and the Artillery), along with the Apache Longbow and Jeep. (Ranger)







Authors Note: A project still in the process of finalizing is a re-imagining of the Light Tank. I never cared for the Bradley IFV being used from C&C1 yet again, nor the use of a substantially outdated and outgunned M24 Chaffee or the out of place T-55 (a Soviet tank) seen in some other RA projects or the Remaster. For fun, I made a little side-by-side comparison with some of my unused tank models to see how they would fit in the roles of Allied Tanks. (see below)







I know there have been extended discussions on here and on the Discord Channel on what would be the best "fit", and I know the M48 was not a Light Tank IRL, but I'm just doing this as a comparison to the game sprites with what I have. The M60-120S (left) is a potential stand-in for the Medium Tank, while the M48 Patton (right) is a stand-in for the Light Tank. The latter being an older model tank with the likes of the Mammoth Tank existing in this alternate reality, everything predating the M60 Tank and similar era vehicles might as well be demoted to a "Light Tank" with that thing around. And finally, it would seem more realistic as a low-tier tank being pitted against Soviet armor as it closely matches the game sprite. On the former, I will probably stick with the re-textured M1A1 Tank Model from TD Redux for the Medium Tank. (IRL, the M1 Abrams shouldn't even be considered a "Medium Tank" weighing in at nearly 70 Tons)



Lastly, plans are to hopefully get some kind of demo out in the next 4-6 months with the base factions implemented with some kind of Skirmish AI. All the units and buildings might not be included in this first release. Notable things that are up in the air still are the Iron Curtain, MAD Tank, and the Chronoshifting stuff, as they are still being studied on how to be best implemented in the Generals SAGE engine. Naval might also be postponed due to stability issues encountered with the recent Naval add-on in TD Redux that will be addressed in an upcoming patch for that mod which was used as a test bed for this project. Otherwise, I might try to include 3-4 campaign mission remakes in the demo as I did with the first release of TD Redux over a decade ago.


You can View More Completed Structure Model Images Here and visit our Discord Channel for more information and communication.

To conclude, thank you, everyone, for the support over the past year, and we feel you won't be disappointed with what's to come. Stay Tuned!




©2022 sgtmyers88 & the C&C Redux Development Team



If you are curious about Red Alert Redux, visit the ModDB Profile to obtain further information about it. And that's all for now!


Key Words: #News #Generals #ZeroHour #RedAlertRedux 

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