Derek Smart’s Line of Defense brings on secondary team for console version

Derek Smart’s MMO Line of Defense has a progress update this week covering the state of the game’s build. A new patch is on the way, and it’s fairly light, according to the post, being focused on the “underlying tech.” But that’s partly by design.

“Progress has been somewhat slow due to various factors including team and tech related challenges, as well as scheduling,” Smart says. “In addition to this, due to resources, scheduling, and dev costs, I also made the final decision to complete the PC version of the game using the existing custom engine in order to avoid any long term delays and complications.”

This means Line of Defense will be ported to UE4 by a secondary team. “In the end, we’re going to end up with two engine versions of the game, one for the PC, and the other for consoles,” he tells early access backers. “But due to the similarities between our Havok based custom engine, and UE4, there are currently no concerns related to parity in the game’s features. If anything, most of the noticeable differences will be in visuals, due to the vastly superior graphics of the UE4 engine.”

The game has been in development since at least 2011, when we first profiled it on Old Massively. In the last couple of years, it’s been pulled from Steam over review bombing and switched its business model to buy-to-play. It’s still not clear whether the Steam version of the game will return.

“Some people keep asking about the Steam store page etc.,” Smart notes. “We disabled that back in April 2016 and moved the game to CBT. As we have enough people who access the CBT servers helping us test, it allows us to focus test the game without distractions. That’s why we now have very few known issues left to address; which for such a large game, you would agree, is pretty impressive.”

“We’re working on some exciting things related to the game and future plans for the Line Of Defense series,” Smart concludes.

Smart is at this point best known to MMORPG players for his involvement in the Star Citizen metadrama; in 2015, he dubbed himself the “internet warlord” and famously began a series of rants against the crowdfunded sci-fi game, publicly declaring it a “failure” and “unmitigated disaster,” issuing demand letters, and threatening Cloud Imperium with a lawsuit, which to date has not materialized.

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Jan Hollander

Really, this is going to be the best game ever. With neuro scientific intelligence, better graphics than anything out there. Amazing AI, gameplay and millions of people playing together on one server, seamless transitions from space to planets, and all from the best developer ever, who is also a very nice guy who has got no time to smear others 24/7 on twitter and other forums, and certainly is no sissy with earrings. Yes, i can’t wait for this.

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Crowe

How about a secondary team for the PC version?
(with a new developer)

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Armsbend

I half-realize this is almost a trolling post – if it were any other website it would be. But I am surprised DS can’t even make an appearance in a thread dedicated to his own game. All publicity is good publicity they say.

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primal

to be fair that was over 1 year ago…. othersiode nothings really changed!

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dsmart

nothings really changed!

Really?

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Greaterdivinity

Oh man, skipped in a bit to where they started talking and this is absolutely hilarious.

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primal

i was going to right lots but theres no points. i just hope he doesnt decide to sue publications for there horrendous reveiws becuae lord gaben will kick it off stesm then it notorietay wil increase to the point whewre console gamers will not recommend you even bothering

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primal

you know sites will compare LOD to star citizen but not because of what he thinks that reason is because hes been saying his game will be better than star citizen. he reckons his engine tech is better even though his custom engine is horrerndous., the minreason why they will compare LOD to SC is of him. they will be comparing technical abilityyu over everything else and his team sorry to say is crap.

he’ll use the same old exciuse i havnt got 155mill of 428 employees and but he sill doesnt understand thereb are devs out there with less money and less experience building games that are 10x better

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dsmart

but he sill doesnt understand thereb are devs out there with less money and less experience building games that are 10x better

True. And none of them are working on Star Citizen.

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MMONERD

At least he is still in the game development.

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dsmart

At least he is still in the game development.

And unlike CIG, I have actually shipped a game. Several in fact. With my own money.

ceder
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ceder

No he’s usually on here and other sites criticizing Star Citizen for hours and hours on end.

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ceder

Just think, if he’d actually put all his time and effort into this shovel-ware as opposed to his crusading against SC and spending literally whole days of time debating it in comments on sites like here, he may have gotten a metal shovel instead of a wooden one at this point.

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primal

Tbh i think he thinks hes a really good game dev but even now if he thinks hes matrching even the crappiest stuff on steam hes delusional. i think hes trying a pump and dump style. The worst thing is to release a m,ess and PC because it will attract alot of attention and possibly get reviewed as a cautionary gaam,e to be had till UE4 version drops but the graphics may imporve but the terible game itself wont get fixed. its like he wants to get suckerz to buy it recoup his money then leave it to die.

thats what id do if i knew my game was garbage and pumped millions in. get what you can and get out

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Oleg Chebeneev

This game will have more developers then players

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Roger Melly

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Oleg Chebeneev

Lol. My naive friend, Line of Defense was in development for LONGER then Star Citizen. And if in Star Citizen case we see huge improvements every year, Line of Defense looked like crap 7 years ago and still does. Its a vapoware of MMO genre and not surprise considering who is behind it.