No, we’re not being paid to advertise Microsoft’s SP4…

No, we’re not being paid to advertise Microsoft’s SP4…

NOTE: This was originally intended to be posted 2 days ago, but the problems with our web hosting company put paid to that one. Sorry about that. However, we’re back on track now…

This will be a busy next five days. We are finally in a position to make that major announcement we’ve been trailing for some time (a few people know what it is already and are very excited about it), but before that, as it will be the start of a new phase in Strange Company’s evolution, we want to clear up all the things that are hanging over from the Quake era of our work.

Hence, we will be releasing a lot of things this week and weekend. Today, we go back to our roots and finally release the patch for the “truncated filenames” version of Eschaton: Darkening Twilight, together with a new full install of our first film, Darkening Twilight. If you have a copy of DT that you haven’t been able to watch thanks to DOS truncated filenames, the patch will cure that, and if you just want to relive the early days of Quake Movies, then DT is now available.

We also have a technical demo and trailer of sorts for Lippy and the Eschaton: Nightfall Special Edition- a fully lip-synched version of Scene 4 of Nightfall. If you haven’t seen Nightfall, don’t worry, it doesn’t contain any spoilers, but it does illustrate what the Nightfall Special Edition looks like (spectacular, with some new models and full lip-synching), and the sort of output that Lippy can produce. Get all our files from, appropriately, the “Files” section above.

We also have quite a lot of annoucements to make, so let’s make a start. Strange Company are now a registered Scottish Charity, with charity number SC029307, dedicated to furthering digital media and specifically machinima. We think that Machinima has the potential to revolutionise low-budget film-making and the world of movies as a whole, and Strange Company will be working toward that goal. Our announcement at the end of the week will be the first big step toward that.

For those who fear that that’ll mean we will be giving up film-making, don’t worry. As part of our promotion of Machinima, and also because it’s what we set Strange Company and Walking Wounded up to do, way back in 1997, we will be creating more, rather than less, films. We have no less than 3 projects in development at the moment, of which Ozymandias will be the first.

See you tomorrow…