Remember that scene in Monty Python, The Holy Grail where the cart master is pushing that cart full of dead bodies, while ringing the bell telling one and all to, “bring out your dead!” I make the comparison to many of the “dead” Urban Terror levels wanting to be “rebuilt” as a gamer so bluntly put it in the Urban Terror Forums.
Instead of bodies on that cart, there are old levels from Urban Terror versions gone by, levels such as Swim, Trainyard, Alleys, Hotel, Sands, Ricochet, Revolution and The Druglord Series, just to name a few. Ringing the bell, not the cart master, but the community wanting an answer to, “Why?”
In the past we have cited, “developmental reasons” but that alone does not sit well with some in the community. I think we can all agree there are some levels, if updated could be successful today, as they were during 1.27/2.0. Sorry you can’t include Docks yet since it was not released with 4.0, but I don’t have a doubt INVIS will “sexify” that level to a new degree.
Anything included in the original should be discarded as garbage. In the day they were fine, but no longer do they have any redeeming qualities that make them good levels. Hotel? Nope, Swim? Eh, one could provide a good argument for it. Streets? LOL, don’t think so. Ricochet and Revolution? Possibly.
They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder and everyone sees Urban Terror levels differently. I personal thought Revolution was an outstanding level! To this day it could still be a successful level for Bomb mode and quite possibly CTF. Others will disagree.
The development team still controls the old levels and under no circumstances will we provide you permission to update our levels. Tub is the exception to the rule and under certain circumstances would find it “flattering” if a community level designer rebuilt one of his old levels. Again, he is the exception.
The challenge lies with the community, because GAMERS HATE CHANGE! They always have and will continue to do so into the future. By dropping levels that were not 4.0 compliant we stirred the proverbial hornet’s nest again. Gamers were furious that Uptown and Docks were not going to be included and could understand why.
We decided to do a quick update on Uptown, you read about that in my previous update. The decision to not release Docks was a good one. It will return as a better, more playable level than it left in 3.7, when we heard nothing but complaints about how unfair the level way.
So, remember this instead of pulling off one of those dead maps from the cart, use some creativity and be original. Create something yourself. Something you can call your own. Not something you rehashed because it was a good level in the past. Urban Terror has changed, so have our levels. Gamers and level designers should think about changing as well.