Dark Reign Patch 1.7 has been released to the public today, along with the new version (Revision 3) of Darkreign.ws. Several players have been asking me how they load the new units to play them, and with a little bit of ingenuity and a stroke of luck, I have created some .exe files that will load the Mods (Strata-7, EoD, Terrorists and Auran Units) with a simply click of the mouse.
Dark Reign Patch 1.7 also includes as much documentation and utilities that affect Dark Reign that I could find. The reason for this is to get the documentation and utilities as wide spread as possible, so that people have all the information they need to edit Dark Reign in their Dark Reign folder.
From what I see now, Patch 1.7, should be the final patch released to the community without the availability of the Source Code to Dark Reign. If given the Source Code there are a few things that Element and I both agree needs fixing, mainly the 200 unit limit, which does not need to exist now we have computers, just a tad bit faster than 11 years ago. Also a Random Player side option would be nice, but I will make a thread about this in the forums to get every one’s opinion on this.
Patch 1.7 and Patch 1.4b are completely compatible, they are for arguments sake, the exact same patch. However, Patch 1.7 includes many new things that Patch 1.4b does not, as I said before the .exe files for loading the different mods, extra utilities and extra documentation.
It also advertises the community website inside the gamescreen (Not on the main menu), so that people know where to find us and to join the community.
I have been looking through my traffic logs for Darkreign.ws, and Patch 1.6 has been downloaded hundreds upon hundreds of times, yet we do not see any many members join the community. I believe that this could be a combination of two things, that the old Darkreign.ws website appeared inactive, my bad … I was busy with my life but I am free now … And that Darkreign.us is also nearly inactive (On Element’s part), as he does not have the time to update it, but the forums are active. We both love Dark Reign and want the community to be kept together. Hence the thousands of hours of work that has gone into this website and this patch.
I will try my best to get people to join our community, to relive the days of old, to play this classic game.
A big shoutout to Element, my Dark Reign brother from the other side of the world, who has done so much for this community and we are sincerely indebted to him. Burn-X mate, get in contact with me.
Oh, FYI … My email address firstname.lastname@example.org … I forgot to register it … my bad … but its working now, so if you want to get into contact with me, that is the place to do it!