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New Condition Zero Developer

There's a new Counter-Strike: Condition Zero preview on CS-Nation that includes word of yet another developer(!) on the upcoming Counter-Strike game, as Turtle Rock Studios (thanks HomeLAN Fed) is now at work on the project. According to the article, some of the content from Ritual (who assumed the reigns of the project from Gearbox earlier in this soap opera) was not equal to expectations, so Valve has turned things over to this small start-up, comprised of four former Westwood/EA Pacific employees, headed by Mike Booth (Nox). Here's a bit more on this:

Although you will still find some of the Ritual missions in the game, the meat of CS: Condition Zero is a new mode programmed by Turtle Rock Studios. Twelve Ritual missions will be in a section of the game called "Deleted Scenes." These missions were the best of the 20 or so that Ritual developed. But the new game mode that will comprise most of Condition Zero is a Tony Hawk Pro Skater-like challenge mode.

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108. Re: Ritual Screenshots Oct 13, 2003, 08:24 J/K
 
This whole incident is pretty weird. I find it hard to imagine that a developer like ritual is neither willing nor able to fix animation problems. Hell, I can't even believe they'd deliver a final version with player models which don't even work properly. now ritual might not be the greatest dev team ever, but it really isn't THAT difficult to get this stuff running.
Ritual isn't exactly unexperienced, look at Heavy Metal Fakk, or Elite Force2 .. even SiN which was actually a pretty fun game after the patches.
visit this http://www.ritualistic.com/screens/cz/renders_characters_02.php page and you can actually see a direct comparsion between original cs and ritual characters. it very much speaks for itself.
in the ritualistic forums you can also find hints which indicate that even those who worked on CZ, don't seem to quite know what's going on and why their work isn't used anymore.
something must have gone pretty wrong here.

 
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