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This is really impressive. Personally I think rebuilding the game like this would go a really long way, and better help bring it into the current generation of games. Down the line for an FF7 mod, it would be a good idea though to find a way to have it tied to the original games files, even if it just confirms your install prior to installing the mod. That way with the original game (or steam and re-release) as a prerequisite, this can officially be a mod, and not an unofficial remake that would get shutdown.

I would definitely be interested in helping with 3d models. I need to start modeling more frequently outside of class for practice anyway, and something like this would be great motivation. I use Maya 2016, zBrush, and Substance Painter, but I can adapt to better fit the project. The Discord link here seems to have expired, so if you can message me an updated one I'd be interested in hearing more about the scope of the project. 

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Graphical Mods / Re: Updated Character Models
« on: 2017-08-14 22:27:44 »
Marvelous Designer is an application for creating 3d clothing. It actually works the same way as sewing, as you lay out clothing patterns, and stitch them together. You just do it in 3d in this case. It's a great application that's able to get results comparable to sculpting in zBrush, but it works very different than any other 3d application.

For textures, I'd start with Photoshop. That's the best way to learn to work with UV's and layout your textures in 2d space. From there I like working with zBrush and Substance Painter. Both are on the shortlist for any game developers desired skills. They actually work pretty similarly, in a way at least. The textures baked in zBrush and Substance Painter will require a bit extra work though for FF7, since they'll greatly depend on normal, specular, and ambient occlusion maps. For FF7 alone, Photoshop is your friend. 

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Graphical Mods / Re: Updated Character Models
« on: 2017-08-14 16:49:11 »
iClone and Make Human are great resources for quickly making character models, so that would be fine, but accessories and clothing cant come from ripped material. Otherwise it's taking credit for copyrighted material. A good workflow for something like this would be pairing iClone and Make Human for the models, and using Marvelous Designer for their clothing and accessories. You could likely complete a whole character within a few hours that way.

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Graphical Mods / Re: Updated Character Models
« on: 2017-08-14 16:12:47 »
Are your friends modeling and textures these themselves, or are they doing models similar to MoogleOutfitters on Deviant Art? Their models come out pretty well, but aren't eligible for release here since they use assets from many other game models. The textures for the face and body don't match, with a very noticeable UV seam along the neck. If I had to guess these textures aren't from a single source.

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Graphical Releases / Re: [FF7PC] cmh175 Release Thread
« on: 2017-06-30 05:03:38 »
Well, Photobucket no longer allows free image hosting lol, and there's no way I'm paying $300 to upgrade. Guess I'll have to eventually update my images to imgur, super. I'll update this sometime in the near future.

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Very cool. If it's possible to remove, or at least raise the limit, the world map could be updated to look even more realistic. I couldn't imagine being able to import geometry for the grass (not like the high grass, just enough so it doesn't look like a 2d texture). We could also update Midgar, as I think it's just a 2d texture and doesn't have any actual geometry on the world map. I remember looking into this but cant remember the details. 

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General discussion / Re: Japanese Modding
« on: 2017-03-30 15:33:38 »
Hmm, might explain why his status said Japan, Tokyo.
Anyway that doesn't answer the first question, does it? I'm not aware of another big moding community for ff7 than qhimm. And I guess there isn't one or at last a very very small one. We shouldn't forget that this game's home is the psx and Japan, so only a minority played it on PC. Reminds me, wasn't the re-release the first time of an official release of FF7 on PC in Japan?

I think Kaldarasha is right, I was interested in learning about the Japanese game while I was learning the language. The only PC version released in Japan is the re-release, with some interesting changes to the game mechanics. I guess for it to properly display the dialogue. You can only mod the lgp's, and only make graphical changes. If you even try to unzip and wrap the flevel the game will no longer display dialogue correctly, for some reason it breaks the file. Same with the kernel. So any mods that require Aali's driver cant be installed. Modding the Japanese version would require brand new tools. I've tried looking for Japanese modding forums, but at the time nothing came up

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Graphical Mods / Re: creating new animations question
« on: 2016-11-01 18:19:37 »
Hey Gensis. So the short answer is yes, but there's a bit of work involved. My only experience with this was the Red Werewolf mod with Wolfman. First you have to have a skeleton for a model that fits the animations you want to use (in our case we used the Galiant Beast model). You'll need to do some editing to make this model playable (I believe we recycled one of Vincents several battle models) it'll need a valid battle model file (such as RTAA). Once you have this you have a playable character full of animations of their own you can use. At this point you can probably make the Supernova attack an available limit break.

For the Red Werewolf we actually reused quite a few of Vincents limit break attacks, and you can also tweak the actual animations to better fit your model.

For actual character animations this is a lot more work. To make the Red Werewolf stand up and walk around we used Barret's skeleton and a mixture of his and Cloud's animations (they're pretty similar, other than their feet). From there you can select which animations you need for the various actions this character will make (if they're a member of your team or seen in the field). This process can take awhile though, I believe Wolfman and I spent 2 weeks or more editing and creating brand new animations.

I can offer insight for the animations and adding limit breaks for characters, but actually making a model available as a teammate is outside my knowledge, we had help with that part. Didn't seem difficult, you just have to know how to do it (or it was just made to look easy lol, not to undersell the complexity involved). I think that answered your question, but maybe a bit off topic since your talking about new bosses instead of a new team character.

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Sorry Genesis, I totally missed your post and just happened to catch it by chance. An over all update on this, mainly for fact at this point. So the Japanese games files are formatted differently, so they cant be used with other versions of the game. When I altered the JP files they'd get corrupt because the tools we use here would reformat them. So there's really only one option available for playing the Japanese version, and it involves VPN software and buying the game from the Japanese Square website with a Japanese IP. Modding wise you can use anything that only alters the .lgp files (and not the flevel!). So you can still update the models in the game (world, field, battle) as well as the soundfx and music. But you cant use any gameplay mods, or background mods that require aali's driver (the game absolutely cant be converted to support it, at least not without a convertor made specifically for that version of the game). So you have to do a bit of extra work to get the game and mod it (or just snag the lgp's from your modded Steam game), and you'll end up with two different copies installed (also, keep your JP game installer as you may need the VPN tool again to download it). Over all it's worth it if you can read Japanese or have an interest in learning it, but it wont have the modding potential of the Steam version. I may eventually do a version of this mod with just Romaji, but it wont be for quite some time.

As for your question about the Sephiroth mod, I'm not sure what you mean, but I assume it's something in the kernel, so probably not. The kernel is formatted differently from the version of the game we can mod, so we cant just plop it into our games, and we cant mod it because the tools will reformat it. You'd need to figure out what it is you want from the game, and try to mimic it in the Steam version.

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Team Avalanche / Re: Monster Remodels!
« on: 2016-06-23 22:00:31 »
zBrush can be used for environment assets as well as game characters, but the backgrounds have to be completed as a whole, and are imported much differently than game models. So the short answer is no, all of Wutai would have to be recreated as a whole.

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Team Avalanche / Re: Monster Remodels!
« on: 2016-06-08 16:40:16 »
With Zbrush and level of experience...you'd be surprised what you can do in just 20 mins lol. For me, I'd average your work so far around 2-3 hours, and the Ultimate Weapon closer to 4-5. They aren't polished and still have the zbrush "inflated" look, but these are great base sculpts to get the overall form of each creature, which if anything is more difficult than adding HD detail. Very impressive.

I'm curious, what's your process? Do you start out at low res and sculpt through the whole body and up the poly count as you go along and keep sculpting or do you tackle parts of the body one at a time?

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7thHeaven / Re: Japanese version
« on: 2016-05-17 00:16:19 »
I've been looking into this for quite a while, unfortunately the JP version is very unmoddable. Every tool would need to be adapted to work with it. Not to mention since there isn't an original JP pc version converting the game to 98 file format isn't likely. You can mod everything in the lgp's (don't touch the flevel though!) so mainly battle, field, and mini game models (maybe audio, I forget). It's definitely worth it if you're a Japanese speaker and want to experience the game with it's original translation.

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Graphical Mods / Re: At it again...
« on: 2016-02-01 18:35:55 »
Wow, this is really impressive! I didn't think the original backgrounds could ever be this crisp and clear.

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I'd rather have multiple releases of DLC (hoping how they're doing it instead of actual titles like Tell Tale) than condensing the game. Of all the things they could possibly do this is one I don't mind (In comparision to Barret possibly wearing those sunglasses through the whole game).

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General discussion / Re: FF7 Remake Gameplay Reveal
« on: 2015-12-11 00:39:58 »
Personally I have no problems with the gameplay changes. FF7 is iconic for it's story line, not necessarily it's battles (other than the ridiculously long animation that plays in the final Sephiroth battle lol). The more active battles will probably be more engaging this way. I also love that they're using the Unreal Engine 4. After seeing what Rocksteady was able to do with the UE3 (though heavily modded) in the Arkham Knight it really makes you wonder about it's potential. And it could have great potential for modding. Plus although incredible looking their new Luminous engine sounds like a pain in the ass and would probably much up development.

I do agree, I'm iffy about the episodic releases. I personally hate Tell Tale Games in this regard, and always wait to buy the whole package when it's completed. The tidbit about each release being the size of an entire game sounds interesting though. I just hope though as we progress through the story we can revist and explore different locations as we please, instead of having to load a particular episode. On a side note I'm not sure how it'll work, as in needing to play episode 1 before 2, as the game does include character development and customization. I'm hoping they'll release bits of the game as it's ready and just have each new part downloaded as dlc for the core game.   

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Is there any way to get this working the the JP international version?

I recently purchased the download version and can't seem to get this to work by itself. I can use bootloader that comes with bootleg, and it will run an English version (JP versions comes with a number of different languages), so I'm guessing it's not a technical limitation. However, I'd really like to get this running with the JP version.

Any help would be appreciated.

This a bit old but I've had experience with this as well so thought I'd offer some input. Basically the International version works the same way as the Steam version. I honestly have no idea how the JP files work though. I've tried everything I could think of to get them to work with the converted English game, but none of the text works correctly, and the conversion tools need to be updated to actually support the JP files. Instead what I did was just mod the .lgp's to update all the models, and replace the audio files with the Anxious Heart files. In the end the only thing you cant really install are background and effect png textures that go in the Mod folder, or anything that relies on 7H to work. The game will be noticeably different with more jagged backgrounds, but it's a minor trade off to play the game in Japanese.

On a site note, do not alter the JP Kernel or Flevel. I have no idea why, but they seem to be formatted differently or something, and although Wallmarket and Makou Reactor or supposed to be able to support Japanese it wont work correctly. The original JP files wont work at all anymore, even with the most minor change. You also cant replace the text with either tool, once you save the files the perfect Japanese (that will paste in correctly) will no longer display properly in a jumbled mess of jibberish. 

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Wow, this is a really incredible project. I'm at a slightly intermediate level, still using furigana for kanji when possible. This will be cool to check out.

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Graphical Mods / Re: Female Hair Texture Revert
« on: 2015-11-25 17:24:42 »
Long hair is very difficult to assemble in FF7, as moving parts are all individual pieces stitched together by the skeleton. Sometimes textures overlap when making transitional area to fill holes (this is what happened with Tifa's hair here). Aeris' pony tail seems to end with the old pieces from the converted battle model. On a side note though neither of these models appear to be Qhimm friendly (being made from ripped materials) so not much help or support can be offered here for them.

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Team Avalanche / Re: Monster Remodels!
« on: 2015-11-18 16:44:37 »
Wow that looks awesome, and at 18k pretty impressive. Personally I disagree about the polycount. For field models that definitely makes sense considering how many models are loaded at one time (an entire towns worth of NPC's are loaded and walking around at once). However in battle at most you're looking at about maybe six enemies total, so 9-12 models total at any one time. With the fewer number of models on screen the game can certainly handle higher poly models. My Life Form model is about 60k, and I think I used a 2048 texture map (I think Wolfman's Jenova models are somewhere around there too). I'd say boss and summoning models can get this more lenient allowance since there's only one of them, and regular enemy models seem fine around 45-50k or so.   

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Team Avalanche / Re: Monster Remodels!
« on: 2015-11-16 18:02:12 »
Very cool, yeah you're definitely off to a promising start. Do you have a particular model you're interested in completing first? Yeah the detailing can be tricky. My best suggestion to maintain high poly detail is to also bake a normal map, it can be added to your diffuse later in Photoshop or gimp. There's also an older plugin for baking Materials into your diffuse map, which is really helpful. With the current version of zBrush it only works with a single material but it's better than just a flat colored texture. Feel free to ask any questions you may have about the actual FF7 modding process, there's quite a few knowledgeable members around who'd be happy to help.

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Team Avalanche / Re: Monster Remodels!
« on: 2015-11-16 15:08:42 »
As of now I think only Wolfman and I have been doing similar projects. He did the Jenova Life/Death/Synthesis models and I've done the Hojo Life form. I've begun working on the Hojo Helletic model but have gotten tied up with some work stuff lately. Otherwise it's probably safe to say everything's fair game.

Your work looks pretty smooth, how much experience do you have in zBrush? It's been quite interesting for me to learn lol, the number of tools and possibilities are just endless. What's your general workflow? Modding FF7 can be a bit tricky, for instance all of your HD details will need to be added to the diffuse texture map. There doesn't seem to be a way to import normal maps. Leet found a method in Photoshop that takes care of this for us, but it takes some tweaking and trial and error.

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Graphical Releases / Re: [FF7PC] cmh175 Release Thread
« on: 2015-10-14 21:17:15 »
Started a new project, putting together a Hojo battle model package. I updated the topology and the UV mapping is nearly completed now, going to start painting the texture in zbrush.



This place has been pretty dead lately, looks like modding has slowed down with the announcement of the remake.

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Graphical Releases / Re: [FF7PC] cmh175 Release Thread
« on: 2015-09-10 14:49:13 »
Hey guys, first update in awhile. This one is a custom creation of mine, an HD Life Form boss battle model. I imported it directly over the original model without making any changes to the skeleton, so it will look and animate like the original. With the Qhimm 7H catalog in full swing I'll skip the 7H version of the mod so it can be packaged with the others instead. If you're a 7H user just use the direct battle folder for now. Download is available on the first post.   

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This is awesome buddy, thanks! I"ll have to try this out later, this maybe just what I need.

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lol thanks Covarr, that alone makes it worth it. Either way I've decided I'll at least do a release of the mod with Romaji. If Kana and possibly Kanji can be supported as well than I'll do options for those too. Either way you'll be able to experience the Japanese version of the game.

If some understands how the game works well enough to have an idea of where language or character support is that would be great. Honestly I've hit a wall trying to figure out how to add support for the Kana and Kanji.

It's curious, because I see Makou Reactor supports Japanese characters. So it seems like saving the flevel in Japanese should be possible (which I tried, when I reopened the flevel the Japanese was just jibberish). I'm really not sure what the issue is.

On a side note anyone interested in checking that out, I've included the two executables for comparison in the download above. If necessary I can make a list of the Kanji characters that would need to be supported.

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