This post is two things: a mod announcement and an apology.
First, let’s do the apology, because that is MUCH less fun. Contrary to my announcement last January, ThaneMOD v3.0 will not be out this year. I’m guessing most of you figured that out by now, considering there’s about 60 hours left (on this side of the International Date Line, anyway.) Turns out 2017 isn’t the year of TM3. That honor will go to 2018. While I put an enormous amount of time and effort into TM3 this year, the mod has also grown tremendously in scope. This is a good thing. It’s going to result in a stronger, more immersive, and more feature-rich mod. Not to mention one that appeals to more people. For more details on that, check out this area of the site.
This past August I started to tinker with an idea—an alternative—if I couldn’t finish in time. Then September rolled around and I determined that indeed there was no way to complete development on TM3 within this calendar year. Not with the amount of work remaining. At that point, I decided to shift gears away from TM3 and to another mod. Something I knew Thane fans had been interested in for a long time, would appreciate, and that I could create and test within a 2-3 month time frame.
And that brings us to the second thing: the mod announcement.
That mod is ME2Recalibrated.
For those of you familiar with ME3Recalibrated, I didn’t start out with the intention of creating ME2’s counterpart. I started with two main goals:
- Allow Thane to be recruitable immediately after Freedom’s Progress.
- Allow Thane—when Shepard’s LI—to always (or pretty much always) help her onto the Normandy when making the jump at the end of the suicide mission.
As usual, my mods tend to snowball, an it turns out there’s a lot I can accomplish in three months when it doesn’t involve significant amounts of dialogue editing, lol. Therefore, ME2Re contains much, much more than just this. In fact, itemizing everything it covers takes six pages of release notes. Ack.
So, ME2Re is my apology to the ThaneMOD community. You guys have been patiently waiting for TM3 and I’m working very hard to make that happen. I’m no longer going to give more specific time frames (short of “next year”) since it seems I am inevitably wrong!
At any rate, Happy New Year! And, I hope you all enjoy ME2Re 🙂