Officer27 reacted to Sam in LSPDFR 0.4 - Activity Feed & Companion App
Just a week ago, we released LSPDFR 0.4. Since then, there's been at any given time an average of 620 people playing LSPDFR, peaking at just over 1,200 earlier today. We think these are pretty incredible numbers for a game mod, and we've really enjoyed watching as people get to grips with 0.4 and all of the new possibilities it offers.
With that being said, we've been monitoring the support forums and have recognized that there are, of course, a couple of issues with 0.4. We're working to get as many of these sorted as we can and hope to release a small patch to address the most important ones shortly.
Today, though, we're introducing two new features as part of LSPDFR Sync - the Activity Feed and the Companion App.
The Activity Feed, in a bit of a throwback to the days of LCPDFR's Crime Statistics, is a live activity wall of everything that's going on in LSPDFR 0.4. You can track what your fellow officers are up to with live updates on callouts, traffic stops, arrests, etc. Plus, we've integrated it with the website so everything is linked together nicely as far as Characters and forum accounts go.
The Companion App is something a little different that we're working on. Open it up while in-game and you'll see an overview of your current session with your Character's location marked on a Google Maps style rendition of San Andreas. As well as some basic info about your Character, we've added a couple of actions that can be performed from the app such as calling backup and going on and off duty.
It's early days, but we definitely have some cool plans going forward for the Companion App.
Officer27 reacted to Sam in LSPDFR 0.4 - Coming February, 2019
So, it's been a while since we've provided an update on LSPDFR 0.4. As you might've guessed from the title, though, there's a good reason for this... It has taken us a lot of work to get to this point, and in the last couple of months alone we've made hundreds and hundreds of changes. Anyway, here we are - who knows how many months late - but we're here. No riddles, no treasure hunts, no @MSA (at least I'm pretty sure they're not here), but straight to the point! We can now confirm that we'll be releasing LSPDFR 0.4 in February, 2019.
Anyway... with the scary part out of the way, I wanted to take the opportunity to explain ourselves a little. No, @LMS wasn't renditioned to an IAA black site, no I didn't fall victim to the Orbital Cannon, and no... the ghost of @ineseri didn't drive a train into us. Perfectly plausible scenarios given our silence about 0.4 as of late, but we're actually still alive. Instead, we've been pretty busy rushing to the finish line as far as 0.4 is concerned, and to complement the big news above, we thought we'd throw in a couple of sweeteners below to show just how much 0.4 is going to change things.
We've talked a lot about our Character system in LSPDFR 0.4. It's one of the biggest changes to the mod, but we also think it represents an entirely new direction in general. I say this because, not only does it allow us to have a bunch of really cool stuff natively integrated into the mod, like customizing a character, but it also lets us have a bunch of other really cool stuff natively integrated into the mod! Having your own character dials up the immersion quite substantially, but we wanted to take things to another level. We thought, for example, wouldn't it be cool if instead of spawning as Franklin in Franklin's house, you could instead, say, I don't know? Actually spawn as your own character, in their house. Or maybe, instead of switching to Trevor and your camera panning down to him being pursued by the LSPD, you could switch to one of your other characters, and "Google Earth" down to them being the LSPD.
LSPDFR 0.4 introduces a fully functional GTA Online Apartment to single-player, complete with transition sequences, working interactions and more Steve Haines than you can handle.
It's not just that, though, we really wanted to dial it up. Having your own character, them having an apartment, switching, customizing, it's all cool, right? But you might be thinking, what's the point? These are "multiplayer features". And sure, LSPDFR is and most likely always will be a single-player mod, but that doesn't mean we can't think outside of the box every once in a while.
Recently, @Cyan, in addition to all of her work on the website, has also been developing an all new framework called LSPDFR Sync. LSPDFR Sync lets you connect up to your LSPDFR.com account in-game, and you can then synchronize your LSPDFR characters with your LSPDFR.com profile. To top it off, we've brought back statistics too. Ever wanted to know how many shots your character has fired? It's as simple as taking a look at your character's profile on the site - which, we should add, you can actually edit.
LSPDFR Sync provides all-new, seamless connectivity with your LSPDFR.com profile.
And frankly, it doesn't even end there. When I said before that we wanted to dial the immersion up to the max, I guess I lied. What I actually meant to say was that we'd just ripped the dial clean off the controls, strapped it to a rocket, and sent the damn thing up to the moon. Not only can you now create a character, customize them, share them, spawn as them... You can actually do things as them too! Like, actual game things. Ever wanted to run the triathalon as your LSPDFR Character? Now you can. Or, how about practicing with your sidearm down at the range? Yep, got that too. Simply want a can of sprunk from a vending machine? No problem.
With the introduction of a new innovative system by @LMS, it's now possible to do many of the single-player minigames while playing as your LSPDFR Character.
Of course, with the Character system, and all of the features that come with it, being such a huge part of LSPDFR 0.4 it'd be easy to forget that this is a police mod. Indeed, I think we almost did given the grotesquely gargantuan amount of work that has gone into it. Fear not, though, as we have also been working on some incredible new gameplay features too, including massive improvements to interaction with suspects and people that you arrest.
LSPDFR 0.4 introduces, in a game-changing way, the ability to take hold of and drag arrested suspects. Yes, we know that there's some great API mods which have held the fort, and we're grateful for that, but this is something we wanted to get absolutely right, and indeed, we think the result is simply stunning. The possibilities are pretty far-reaching too and encompass just about everything from shoving suspects up against cruisers, to personally escorting them into their cells.
No, these aren't cutscenes. No, they're not edited screenshots. With 0.4, this is real.
Officer27 reacted to Desmond98 in [WIP] Real California Architecture
I didn't posted anything here for a while, because Im preparing to my final exams in college. Still preparing tbh, but all of my exams will be done till Jully.
The list of the new stuff for update isn't big, but that only because of my preparing for final exams.
So, lets bring the memories, lets see what were posted and not posted here yet for next update (0.4.5), sorted by date of creation:
LA County Dept of Medical Examiner-Coroner (Mostly finished, most likely will be included in update)
LA Metro Bus Stop Sign - (Basically done, but when i was trying to test it, i wasn't able to find it in the city, so, those signs firstly need to be added to bus stations, delayed for a future) 8899 Beverly Blvd, West Hollywood (Software related issues, delayed for a future) Randy's Donuts (Delayed, coz its really hard to replace the entire building, probably canceled) Torso statue by Robert Graham at Rodeo Drive (Not really accurate as i want, need work, delayed for a future) LA Sanitation Dumpster (Mostly done, most likely will be included in update) Beverly Center (WIP, delayed for a future)
Griffith Observatory (Done, will be included in update)
Santa Monica North Entrance Sign (Finally got rid of software related issues, will be included in update)
Officer27 reacted to Mikofiticus in LSPDFR 0.4 - The Technology
It'd be interesting to know if since the AI is being reworked, if they'll be able to utilize all those alleyways and such that are in the city. I've always wanted suspects to really feel like they're trying to ditch me, rather than drive around the same block 100,000 times.
Officer27 reacted to Sam in LSPDFR 0.4 - The Technology
This is the third part of our LSPDFR 0.4 Preview Series. Not caught up yet? Check out the initial announcement here: https://www.lcpdfr.com/forums/topic/81745-lspdfr-04-announcement-first-preview
So, this article is a little bit different than most. Recently, a number of people have expressed an interest in hearing some more details about the technology behind LSPDFR 0.4, including some of the developments that we've made with respect to artificial intelligence in the mod and also perhaps some more information about the ways in which LSPDFR 0.4 can be customized through code. While exact details like this are a little difficult to provide as plans can, and often do, change - we've gathered together a number of new systems and features to present here which we think both developers and players alike will be looking forward to.
The Crime System
To start with, one of the new systems that we've introduced in LSPDFR 0.4 is the not-very-originally-named Crime System. The Crime System was originally developed as an expansion of what we had previously done in LCPDFR 1.0 where players could press ALT + E to 'call in' things that had happened, with the key example being a suspect taking off from a traffic stop - units wouldn't respond until it had been called in.
This is back in LSPDFR 0.4, but with a big twist. The Crime System recognises a number of different events which could take place in-game (called Crime Events), such as a person firing a weapon, a car being stolen or somebody being run over. Each time one of these things (and a couple of others) happens in-game, it's picked up by LSPDFR so that our systems can react to it. This gives us similar functionality to LCPDFR 1.0, where if you're attacked by a criminal then you're able to report this and the criminal will be targeted properly by other units, but it also opens up some new possibilities that we've added for LSPDFR, including the ability for nearby civilians to actually call 911 if they witness a crime.
The Crime System allows for far greater interaction with GTA V's rich environment, providing a more dynamic experience during patrols.
The cool thing about this is that since GTA V is a very rich game in terms of the ambient environment, it's actually quite possible that crimes like this can take place in the game and we think it makes things a whole lot more immersive when you can actually react to them with the full support of LSPDFR behind you, rather than having to engage in a mad dash after someone in the vain hope that you'll catch up before they turn a corner and disappear!
Plus, the Crime System will be available in the API for LSPDFR 0.4, easily allowing developers to add new Crime Events by specifying the crime, victim and suspect. This could be useful, for example, in a drunk driver callout where the player searches for the offending vehicle. Once they've found it, they'll be able to report this to dispatch and trigger a pursuit, without the need for any additional code - a lot more convenient than having to handle this manually.
Sticking with the topic of improvements to a lot of the technology that powers LSPDFR, we've added all new functionality throughout the mod for custom Scenarios. In general, we like to think of Scenarios as short ambient sequences which can just spontaneously happen within the world. In addition to this, though, we also support Scenarios across a couple of our other systems, like both pursuits and traffic stops. This opens up a bunch of new opportunities for gameplay as just like in real life, there's now so much more that could happen during a traffic stop. Perhaps they exit their vehicle while you're approaching? Do they have a weapon, or are they just angry and complaining?
From 'routine' traffic stops gone totally wrong to suspects ditching their cars and bailing, Scenarios add all new depth to LSPDFR.
The best bit about Scenarios, though, is that we've also added them to the LSPDFR 0.4 API, and while we've come up with a few of our own, we know that there's many developers who will knock it out of the park in their attempts to find new and interesting ways of enhancing the experience with Scenarios. Be it by creating new situations that can happen during traffic stops, devising new ways that pursuit suspects will attempt to elude officers, or even by taking advantage of some of the other additions to 0.4, like the Crime System for example, to add a bunch of new ambient crimes throughout the game, we think that the new Scenario system will add much more depth and variety to LSPDFR.
The scene after an escaped pursuit suspect's burned out vehicle was located.
Finally, in 0.4, we've re-worked a lot of our artificial intelligence. We'll be sharing more details about these improvements, particularly as it relates to the overhauled pursuit system, in the near future but for now here's a taste of things to come, with some technical explanation, from our very own @LMS
Stay tuned for more news about 0.4, coming soon.
Officer27 reacted to 0taku in 2017 Pierce Arrow XT (W.I.P)
Sick of all those Crappy Vanilla deck guns. Well have no fear, because 0taku is here with a more realistic one WITH proper LODs. Deck gun will be featured on my Arrow XT pumper and might be a DEV release (the deck gun, not the pumper).
I am currently also working on the L3 but I though I would share what I have so far.
Officer27 reacted to 0taku in 2017 Pierce Arrow XT (W.I.P)
So I wanted to convert a Pierce Firetruck to GTA for some future projects. After not find one to convert, I though about making one myself, and by god is it looking good. here are some screens so far. BTW EVERYTHING has been scratch made by me in ZMod, Yes that's right Zmod. It will also have a working water cannon
I have no release date currently but I do plane to make an ELS and maybe a Non-ELS
Officer27 reacted to PNWParksFan in LSPDFR 0.4 - Epic Customization
I hope you'll be reaching out to developers before the public release so we can give feedback/requests on the API and update our mods to be compatible. With the level of complexity of some LSPDFR plugins, and the amount of changes here, it could take a lot of work to update some mods. For 0.3 we never got consulted on the API, and as such many mods are chock-full of fragile workarounds that often cause performance issues and delay plugin development. A more robust API and the chance for us to weigh in on it before release would be a very nice gesture to the development community which has kept LSPDFR alive during its long silence.
Officer27 reacted to Sam in LSPDFR 0.4 - Epic Customization
Yes, this is possible in 0.4 - added cars are fully supported.
They're managed by LSPDFR, so they will have the ability to arrest - we'll have more to say about police AI sort of stuff soon.
This is a good point about setting the response time. It's not something that is currently possible, but we'll definitely look into it. One of the cool things about 0.4 though is that as you call more units, they do arrive from further and further away. This can be quite interesting if you're close to the border with another agency's areas, as eventually the other agency will start to respond too which makes for some nice looking scenes especially in Davis if you have it set up to be patrolled by the sheriffs.
Officer27 reacted to Reddington in LSPDFR 0.4 - Epic Customization
Units patrolling without the need for extra mods?
I can now have Los Santos County Sheriff and LSPD?
and both patrolling at the same time?
Character customization, including a custom character, without Skin Control and EUP?
SOMEONE PINCH ME!