Re:Mobilize

6/24/2024: Re:Mobilize 1.2 has been released!

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See updates section for details.

Bounce. Climb. Hook.

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Re:Mobilize is a brand-new single-player Quake modification by EmeraldTiger and Inky that introduces three new movement-based mechanics to the game, opening up devious new challenges to players and a whole new dimension of possibilities for level designers.

  • Trampolines: Perform death-defying leaps of faith across even the most intimidating gaps and chasms.
  • Wiremeshes: Nothing can stop you, not even gravity itself. More than just simple ladders, these surfaces let you move up, down, sideways, and even hang from ceilings.
  • Lighthooks and Lightpanels: The lighthook's purely photonic composition allows it to instantly latch onto any visible lightpanel, regardless of distance. You'll be hooked in no time - literally.
Re:Mobilize comes with 11 challenging new levels from the malevolent minds of the Quake community, each employing Re:Mobilize's signature mechanics:

  • An Excursion to Carcosa (rm_carcosa) by Inky
  • Beneath the Frozen Moon (rm_moon) by Tonhao
  • Concrete Substratum (rm_substratum) by riktoi
  • Echoes of Repercussion (rm_echoes) by iYago
  • Peak Memory Usage (rm_peak) by Tonhao
  • Ranger Dynamics (rm_dynamics) by EmeraldTiger
  • RE:1M8 (rm_re1m8) by spootnik
  • Swamps of Heretics (rm_heretics) by Heresy
  • The Yawning Temple (rm_yawning) by DragonsForLunch
  • Urn (rm_urn) by nickster
  • Waterfront Citadel (rm_waterfront) by EmeraldTiger

Furthermore, not content with simply redefining Quake movement, Re:Mobilize enjoys and expands upon the benefits of dumptruck_ds's groundbreaking progs_dump 3.0 development kit, giving level designers access to all of its dastardly features - and even some new ones. Inky of Church of the Unholy fame contributes several new features to help level designers elevate their maps to whole new levels, including, but certainly not limited to:

  • trigger_enterleave: A brush-based trigger entity that fires one set of events upon entering it, and another when leaving it.
  • trigger_random: A point trigger entity that randomly fires one of its four targets, which have weights that can be adjusted per-target to make certain targets more likely to fire than others, as well as a pain_target property that serves as a useful check for the existence of a target.
  • Enhancements to trigger_filter: Can now check against modulus (%) calculations, ammo for each weapon; origin, angles, and velocity; and more!
  • Puzzle Items HUD: To get around the issue of custom keys not showing up in the HUD due to engine limitations, a purely QC-based "Puzzle Items HUD" has been developed by Inky to let you view your custom keys at any time.

Re:Mobilize has been in development since December 2021, and over the course of 2022 and this year the mod grew in scope far beyond my expectations, in no small part thanks to the contributions and assistance of the community, particularly Inky who has helped significantly with developing, bug testing, and providing new features for the mod that would never have made it in otherwise, as well as all of the level designers and playtesters involved in development. We hope that the community not only finds Re:Mobilize enjoyable, but inspires level designers to come up with ideas that make use of the new mechanics to create challenging new maps and bring forth a paradigm shift in Quake mapping altogether.

Screenshots:
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An Excursion to Carcosa by Inky
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Beneath the Frozen Moon by Tonhao

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Concrete Substratum by riktoi

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Echoes of Repercussion by iYago

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Peak Memory Usage by Tonhao

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Ranger Dynamics by EmeraldTiger

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RE:1M8 by spootnik

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Swamps of Heretics by Heresy

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The Yawning Temple by DragonsForLunch

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Urn by nickster

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Waterfront Citadel by EmeraldTiger

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Re:Mobilize HQ by EmeraldTiger (start map)

Installing/Playing:

Re:Mobilize requires a full (non-demo), legally purchased copy of Quake® to run. You can buy Quake through one of the following platforms:
Additionally, Re:Mobilize requires a modern source port/engine that extends the original game's limits. Some of the maps shipped with Re:Mobilize may exceed the original 8192-unit size maximum in the original DOS release, WinQuake, and GLQuake. Furthermore, the nature of Re:Mobilize's gameplay means the player will be required to look directly or nearly directly upwards at some points (particularly when navigating using lighthooks). The original DOS release, WinQuake, and GLQuake do not support full pitch freedom, whereas most modern source ports do.

We recommend one of the following:
  • Ironwail
  • vkQuake
  • Quakespasm
  • FTE
Use other source ports at your own discretion. In particular, avoid the Kex (rerelease) engine, as there is a nasty bug that causes lighthooks to crash the game after loading a map a second time in the engine. Fixed as of version 1.1.

Unzip the folder "rm1.0" into your main Quake folder (the one where your executable is located). Make a shortcut of your main Quake source port's executable ("ironwail.exe" for Ironwail, for example), right click on it and open its properties. In the "target" box, append the following to the end of the executable path:

Code:
-game rm1.0

You might also wish to rename the shortcut to "remobilize", "rm", or similar.

When you run the game through the shortcut you made it should automatically load the Re:Mobilize mod.

How to make maps:
Provided with Re:Mobilize is a .fgd file called remobilize.fgd, which can be loaded by any popular level editing program such as TrenchBroom. These will load the entity definitions for all three of the new mechanics. Also provided is a .wad file called rm_mechanics.wad, which includes the standard textures used by the mechanics. Once these are loaded, you will have the necessary tools to start building maps with these new mechanics.

Credits:

id software for Quake

dumptruck_ds for progs_dump & the progs_dump ladder code, used as a base for the wiremesh.

Inky for various suggestions/improvements to the mechanics, including custom sound support and alternative textures, additional features to progs_dump 3.0, and major development support/assistance.

Rogue Software for the grappling hook code from Dissolution of Eternity, used as a base for the lighthook/lightpanel.

Grue for providing support and assistance in the very early stages of the mod's development.

Inky for various suggestions/improvements to the mechanics, including custom sound support and alternative textures, and for the additional features to progs_dump 3.0.

Grue, dumptruck_ds and flecked for additional support prior to the first development release.

Eber150 for providing sound files for the medieval/runic lighthook.

Various sounds from freesounds.org, from the following people:

  • Absynthfactory
  • belanhud
  • damianminnie
  • DrMaysta
  • duckduckypony
  • EVRetro
  • firestorm185
  • florianreichelt
  • Imbumbec
  • knova
  • Matthew Goodheart
  • Native_Cell
  • newlocknew
  • Patchen
  • RHumphries
  • soundholder
  • soundmary
  • speedenza
  • tramppa34
Music used in the maps:

  • An Excursion to Carcosa: Morph Music by Immorpher
  • Beneath the Frozen Moon: Morph Music by Immorpher
  • Concrete Substratum: Hydroscope by Gallery Six
  • Directions: Morph Music by Immorpher
  • Echoes of Repercussion: N/A
  • Peak Memory Usage: Morph Music by Immorpher
  • Ranger Dynamics: Clipgate Suplex by PoolboyQ
  • RE:1M8: N/A
  • Re:Mobilize HQ: Violent Fluid by Jake "The Voice" Parr
  • Swamps of Heretics: The Gatehouse by Kevin Schilder
  • The Yawning Temple: N/A
  • Urn: Urn by nickster/Jupiter Skydive
  • Waterfront Citadel: Filthy Memories by dumptruck_ds
Textures Used:

  • Re:Mobilize HQ: Tech Trimsheets by Makkon
All other testers:

  • alexUnder
  • BloodShot
  • bmFbr
  • cityy
  • docjr5
  • Dooplon
  • DragonsForLunch
  • Fairweather
  • Greenwood
  • Heresy
  • iYago
  • Makkon
  • Mazu
  • MittensForKittens
  • nickster
  • omni
  • plaw
  • PyroGXPilot
  • riktoi
  • Smilecythe
  • spootnik
  • themuffinman
  • Tonhera_
  • wiedo
If your name has been missed, please let me know. Thank you.
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Release date
Jun 16, 2023
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Rating
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Latest updates

  1. Re:Mobilize 1.2b

    - Fixed a crash that would happen in Station of Minak due to a corrupted sound file. - Added...
  2. Re:Mobilize 1.2a

    Map Changes: Amniotic Resurgence: Added tips in readme, along with improved directions in the...
  3. Re:Mobilize 1.2

    New Maps and Map Changes All 4 maps from Re:Mobilize Jam 1: Re:Collections: Artificial...

Latest reviews

very sick and cool and goated
Skill
Hard
One of the bests mods since it's release, with a lot of creative variety that has continued with the first jam and now the 1.2 update. Amniotic Resurgence was too easy to get stuck on, but the 1.2a update improved that a little, so make sure you get that before starting the map.
Skill
Hard
I played a lot of CTF online so, obviously, I love the hook. :)
The new 1.2 update add some great maps worth playing.

My favourite are

'The Cabin' for its story telling and setting. Reminds me of Army of Darkness

'Nascent Myopia' is unique and exploits the new movement-based mechanics to the fullest. It reminds me of Portal w/o the portal gun.

'Station of Minak' for the setting and visuals.
Skill
Hard
I was already a fan of the early versions of ReMobilize and ReCollections, but the five maps introduced by the 1.2 update truly blew up my mind! One of the best experiences you can have with Quake. I loved every map, especially those ones with a nod to Portal and Rubicon. Oh, and also those which are rich in storytelling. Please don't miss the oportunity to play these! Highly recommended!
Skill
Normal
Loved the new mechanics and every single map included.

Special mention to "An Excursion to Carcosa" for being such an oddball map, lacking in modern mapping flourishes, but making up in spades with environmental story telling and exploration. Also an overarching book recommendation. Well done!
The ropes and trampolines are a pretty good metaphor for this community: You guys just keep ascending to higher places. Excellent mod, fun maps, *chefs kiss*
Remobilize manages to turn a lot of things around and still keep the Quake vibe. To me it feels like a pinch of Tomb Raider, Indiana Johnes and Portal has been sprinkled over Quake. All the maps here are absolutely world class and I can't wait to see what else is coming based on Remobilize. I'd love to see it move further into adventure and discovery and less into trick jumping. But that's just my personal taste. Echoes of Repercussion was a bit hard for me personally in a lot of places and I pulled my hair out on some of the trampoline parts. But nevertheless, this map is absolutely great, just like all the others. Thank you very much.
Ay, what a great release. I know that EmeraldTiger explored these ideas before in Q3... I think they're a great fit for Q1 singleplayer so I'm glad they got brought over. Reminds me of the best old missionpacks that would introduce some new crazy weapon/mechanic for the base game.



Some comments on the three new mobility thingies first.

Trampoline and light hook can be a neat solution for "the door problem" in combat. You can let the player see where they're going, but then the player has to commit. A mapper can abuse this (and some did) e.g. by spawning a bunch of mobs in around the player when they land, but there were some other well-designed fun setups using this potential.

Trampoline:
- Feels great when it's working as intended. Kind of like being able to do the Q3 overbounce bug on demand.
- It's interesting to need to look down to find a route up!
- I'm not a fan of setups that require using arcane air control and precise landing spots... finding a route is more fun for me than retrying execution.

Light hook:
- Tons of fun to have meaningful grapple use in SP!
- Arena fights with lots of big grapple targets were especially good.
- Grapple targets that are small and/or appear for a brief time feel... janky. Several times it seemed like I could get my crosshair on them and click and nothing happens.

Climbing mesh:
- Generally works great, excellent ladder-movement "feel".
- A little finicky when climbing up to the top of a wall and needing to then jump over the edge to get on top.
- Having a wall mesh reach floor-level in a combat arena is bad news. Feels terrible to be running around fighting and then suddenly stuck in glue.

And in general: If player falls, don't make them run a huge route to get back to where they were! I mean obviously I can noclip if this gets too frustrating but yeah, it's not good.



I think my favorite maps were Ranger Dynamics, RE:1M8, Waterfront Citadel, and The Yawning Temple. Mostly just because of great integration of the new mechanics into good ol' Quake SP route and combat flow. Extra bonus to RE:1M8 for getting spicy with its remix nostalgia.

Also Swamps of Heretics... I loved the way it opens up. Some jumps-from-pillars felt odd enough that I'm not sure I was doing the expected thing? It all worked out in the end though.

Beneath the Frozen Moon and Peak Memory Usage are good solid entries too. Concrete Substratum and Urn I'd class as great-but-occasionally-frustrating, mostly by being occasionally confusing on where to go. Urn also had the problem of me falling down and having to run a marathon to get back into position.

Echoes of Repercussion has a great aesthetic but several of the puzzles' execution (and a couple instances of "where do I go now?") turned out to be not my cup of tea. They seemed like the retry-over-and-over style gameplay of some kinds of platformers and speedrunning; not what I was looking for.

An Excursion to Carcosa is ... quirky. :) Pretty neat! but not what I was in the mood for at the time I was working through the pack. Made a save there to come back later though. This was actually the first map I tried so it might be good to return to it now with more of a feel for the mechanics under my belt.

Good job y'all!
This was a real treat. Insanely fun new mechanics to play with that all enhance Quake's movement tech. There are still a lot unique and interesting ideas that can be done with these additions. My favorite thing is how every mechanic supports each in fantastic ways. Climbing up higher on wire mesh and jumping down on trampoline in an angle that allows you to hit your light hook properly. It is just perfect.

Maps itself in the pack are great homages to older maps with unique twitsts or completely new unique experiences. This is easily the most fun I've had with Quake in a while. There are few issues here and there like some maps being insanely dark or have a confusing progression, but even with some issues this is near perfection.

Hope we will see more Re:Mobilize maps in the near future.
Probably the most innovative Quake release in a while. The new movement techniques take a bit to get used to and they are certainly not without flaws, but in those cases where it all "clicks" together, zooming around with the light hook during combat or using a trampoline to escape a monster ambush feels amazing. The climbing surfaces are a bit of a double-edged sword to me. As a pure traversal tool or a part of jumping puzzles, they work just fine. The moment a map forces you into combat while hanging from a wall or ceiling is where it starts becoming a bit of an annoyance: your dodging options are quite limited while climbing, so when monsters show up around you, you're pretty much guaranteed to either take damage, lose a bunch of progress jumping off of the surface, or just straight up fall to your death.

Nonetheless, the concept behind this mod is a breath of fresh air and the implementation is probably about as good as it can be within the Q1engine limitations.

As far as individual maps go, my favorites were:

Swamps of Heretics by Heresy
I don't think much needs to be said about Heresy's mapping skills. He has made some of the most beautiful Quake maps ever and this one continues that tradition seamlessly. Combat is a bit more incidental than usual due to the fairly open layout of the map, but with some planning you can still get a couple nice Quad runs going (if you can find them). As I already mentioned above, not a huge fan of basically having to tank Scrag projectiles while climbing the stone pillars, but the rest of this map is so good that this one flaw is negligible in comparison.

The Yawning Temple by DragonsForLunch
This and nickster's map are probably the best examples of using Re:Mobilize's movement skills to their full potential without going overboard. Trampolines and light hook surfaces are cleverly used for progression, combat and finding secrets, sometimes all three in one. I was especially impressed by the repeated use of the same trampoline that had the player jump off from different heights and angles to reach new platforms. Great map!

Urn by nickster
Urn's lighting is the first thing that comes to mind when thinking back to my playthroughs of it. It's fantastically atmospheric and gloomy and, together with the great detailing, makes this an absolute visual treat. In terms of gameplay, I said it before when talking about DFL's Yawning Temple, but it bears repeating that this kind of map is what I would love to see more of in future Re:Mobilize releases: smart usage of the mod's new capabilities without losing focus on Quake's core gameplay. My only criticism is that Urn's ending felt a bit abrupt. A nice big fight to cap it off would have made an already great map even better.

A good map pack all in all and a mod with huge potential for the future.