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[New Threat Mod v2.0.995]
A gameplay overhaul mod for Final Fantasy VII:
*) Enemy & Player-Character Rebalance (Intended difficulty: Midcore)
*) Dialogue Revamp (maintains original game's style)
*) Additional Sidequests & QoL Scripts (e.g. Flashback skips)
A fuller list of the mod's features can be found in the Documentation download, or under the Features List tab.

Stand-alone Installer
Download
*This installer is for use with the base game if no other modding frameworks are installed or being used. It's a hard-patch of the game's files, so remember to make a back-up of the Final Fantasy VII/Data folder before installing. To uninstall, the backup data folder can be reinstated or, if on Steam, a file validation can be performed to restore the altered files. Avoid using this with 7th Heaven or Reunion.

7th Heaven Mod Loader: Sega's IRO Catalog
iros://Url/http$pastebin.com/raw.php?i=vXc4PpBS
*This is a Catalog Link to be used with the 7h Mod Loader. Copy-paste the above link into 7th Heaven's Settings > General Settings > Catalog Subscriptions and click Save. Refresh your Browse Mods list and/or restart 7h to see the new IROs. For more information about the 7th Heaven Modding Framework, check here: http://forums.qhimm.com/index.php?topic=15520.0

Catalog IRO List:
*) New Threat Mod 2.0
*) New Threat Mod 1.5
*) New Threat Vanilla Combat 1.5
*) True Necrosis
*) Lv1 Challenge
*) NPC Mouth Replacer/Remover
*) Battle Model/Costume Swaps (OG Style)

If the Catalog Subscription link doesn't work, then the New Threat 2.0 IRO can be downloaded and imported manually here

Reunion R06 Version
Download
*Specifically for use with the Reunion (R06) Framework. Place the unzipped folder into: FINAL FANTASY VII\The_Reunion\CUSTOM. In the Options.cfg file of The_Reunion folder, set the New_Translation option to 'n' and under [CUSTOM] set this line: Mod_ID = New_Threat_Reunion_20995

New Threat 2.0 Documentation
Download
Contains the following in Notepad format:
*) FF7 NT 2.0 Balancing
*) FF7 NT 2.0 Features Overview
*) FF7 NT 2.0 Item & Materia Placements
*) FF7 NT 2.0 Models List (modder's resource)
*) FF7 NT 2.0 Patch Notes
*) FF7 NT SP Upgrades


New Threat 2.0 Enemy Drop/Steal/Morph Google Spreadsheet
Credit: Berub
Link


[Prototypes & Variants]

New Threat v1.5
Stand-alone Installer
7th Heaven IRO
Reunion R06
*This is the previous build of the mod; it contains content that was cut from 2.0 and a different approach to balancing. It's still being maintained alongside the latest build.

NT 1.5 Spanish Version
Credit: Markul
Thread Link
*The Spanish version of NT was put together and translated by Markul; be sure to give him props.

NT 1.5 French Version
Credit: Satsuki
Thread Link
*This is a mod pack that the ff7.fr community put together for their translation project, Neo-Midgar, that has NT as one of the options. Satsuki_Yatoshi appears to have put the pack together.

NT 1.5 - Vanilla Combat
Stand-alone Installer
7th Heaven IRO
*Version of NT using vanilla enemies + characters but using NT's field-event scripts such as flashback skips, dialogue alterations, etc. Most new encounters were also disabled and unique items held by these encounters were returned to their original locations.


[Feature List]
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~~Features Overview~~
Below is an overview of each feature offered by the mod, broken down into section.
More detail of the changes can be found on the respective feature's page.

Event Scripting & Dialogue
-) Text:
   + Dialogue in the game, and all other text, revised.
   + Plot points made clearer & general grammar improved.
   + Original style and quirks maintained.

   The goal of this change was to provide a better script while also retaining
   what makes the game's dialogue unique. Characters generally speak in the same
   way that they originally did, and new scenes were written carefully to make
   them fit with the rest of the game.

   These changes should not be viewed as a retranslation of the original script
   in the Japanese version, though it was referred to at times for some of the
   more obfuscated scenes.

   
-) Events:
   + Deactivated/bugged scenes restored to working order.
   + Party members can be found and interacted with in towns/cities.
   + Additional sidequests added.

   A number of scenes exist in the game files that were either stripped out or
   left unactivated due to oversights. The majority of these have been restored
   and in some cases adapted into a more complete scene.

   While visiting towns, the player can find various party members around the
   area with their own dialogue (which may change depending on the player's
   progress through the story).

   New content was added that provides optional encounters or gates off certain
   items/abilities. Character may have to deal with a special encounter or event
   to obtain their final Limit Break, for instance.


Battle Balancing
-) Curve of Progression:
   + Intended to be moderate with a stable curve to the end.
   + Grinding not intended to be required but EXP is freely available if needed.
   + Not intended as a Hard-Type mod, though some difficult optional encounters exist.

   FF7 NT's aim is to avoid the label of being a 'hard-type' hack, the name of which
   carries a stigma of punishing fights, HP bloated enemies, and unfair mechanics.
   The goal with this mod is to strike a balance between being accessible while also
   having enough weight in its combat to make it satisfying to play.
   
   That's not to say there aren't some excellent hard-type mods out there; Gjoerulv's
   Hardcore mod is the best you'll find for testing your knowledge of FF7 mechanics to
   its limits. But NT is trying to occupy a spot that's around the midcore area;
   something that can be played casually while enjoying the enhanced features present.
   
   Players will be looking for, and expecting, different things from their FF7 playthrough and
   it's impossible to cater for both extremes. Instead, NT looks to cover as wide an area as
   possible in the middle. For players wanting a more serious challenge, a toggle for Hard Mode
   was added and some additional difficulty may be found with optional encounters.

   
-) Characters:
   + Each party member has more defined base stats.
   + Unique innate ability for each character to use in battle.
   + Player chooses which stats to raise to help make character builds.
   
   A criticism made of FF7 characters is that, in-battle, they can feel interchangeable
   due to the lack of a character-specific skillset (Limits not withstanding).
   NT first tackles this by altering the base stats of each character to make their role
   in battle feel more defined.
   
   Going further, an innate ability was added to each character that either works passively or
   is activated by the player. These abilities cover effects such as surviving a KO once per battle
   while retaining all buffs/any queued actions, raising stats over time or in response to certain
   actions, refreshing MP, and others.
   
   In addition to gaining stats per level, players also upgrade character stats using a new system.
   After unlocking the Source Point upgrade system the player chooses upgrades for the character
        to develop their stats. Players may want to build on the established strengths of a character,
        address some weaknesses they have. Characters have equipment and a mix of physical/magic
        Limit Breaks that can fit with specific builds the player comes up with, such as developing Aeris'
        strength to raise the effectiveness of her Healing staves or building Barret into a spellcaster to
        maximise his Mindblow (deals damage in NT), Satellite Beam, and Catastrophe Limit Breaks.

   

-) Equipment:
   + Full revamp of every weapon, armour, accessory, and item.
   + New effects and stat gains on equipment.
   + New items added.
   
   Equipment serves as the other half of preparing a player party, with most pieces
   having either a stat bonus or other effect like elemental/status resistance to consider.
   These can be used to either bolster a character's stronger stats, round out weaknesses,
   or exploit a weakness in local random enemies or a specific boss.
   
   Items also have more consistent effects and provide more utility. Potions raise HP by 300
   making them more relevant through early areas of the game and attack-items are more rounded out.
   Some new items have also been added with their own effects to discover.
   
   
-) Materia & Spells:
   + All spells revamped.
   + Materia AP, Spell-Lists, and Bonus/Penalties revised.
   + New Materia and Spells added.
   
   Every spell was tweaked and some effects modified to bridge some gaps and create more balance
   and variety in the player's magical arsenal. Enemy Skills were mostly revamped to remove redundancies
        and make some more interesting effects available that would be out of place in the conventional spell-set.
        Summons ignore magic-defence, making them useful as a panic button or for busting highly defensive enemies
        and some additional spells were added like Osmose and water/holy element equivalents to the Contain spells for late-game.
   
   Materia has some alterations to AP levels and some new ones were produced to handle new spells like
   the Osmose Materia. Some Materia like Summons have been locked to 1-star and cannot be divided; to
   account for this, the way in which Master Magic, Command, and Summon are obtained has been changed;
   they will no longer consume all the requisite Materia when being made, but can also only be obtained
   once.

        Some new Materia was added to allow for spells ordinarily sandwiched on Materia to be used easier
        with Support Materia like Magic Counter; spells like MBarrier, Regen, Dispel, Slow, and others were
        given their own separate Materia that the player can find out in the world. Some new Materia was
        added to separate out commands like Slash-All and Flash, while some combine spells from different
        Materia such as the Core Materia which is a mix of elemental and healing spells.
   
   Finally, Materia has had the stat bonuses and penalties they give altered. HP penalties are less
   prevalent with basic Magic materia and more situational Materia like status magic now carries some
   better benefits to make them less of a dead weight when their spell isn't required. Summon Materia
        carries very diverse stat bonuses/penalties to help with creating builds or addressing weaknesses
        on the fly.
   

-) Enemies:
   + Comprehensive overhaul of enemy stats, attacks, formations, and AI.
   + Remixed version of every boss.
   + Brand new enemy/boss encounters.
   
   Every enemy in the game has been updated with stats that better fit the intended curve of progression,
   adjusted attacks (and some new ones), some alterations to the formations they appear in, and more
   importantly a full re-write of the majority of their AI. Unique behaviour has been maintained and
   rewrites were made to fix bugs or to make the mechanic(s) more prominent.
   
   A retry option was also added to a number of boss encounters that occur during lengthier story
   segments (which comes with an opportunity to adjust party set-up).
   
   In addition to the pre-existing monster roster, brand new enemies were also added with their own
   unique models. These new enemy models were made using pre-existing game assets for visual consistency
   with the other enemies found in the game.
   


[Installation]
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~~Installation Guide~~
There are two core versions of FF7 PC; the 1998 version, and the 2012/Steam version.
While both have a similar folder architecture there are some key differences that need
to be kept in mind before patching your game:

1) Do not use a cracked copy of the game
   Games with patches to beat copy protection tend to have alterations made to the
   executable that are lost when a mod is applied that makes its own changes to that
   .exe file. This will then cause the game to no longer boot as the cracks needed
   to make the game run will be lost.
   
2) 1998 version compatibility
   Getting the original version of the game to run on a modern PC has some steps involved
   as it was originally designed for the Windows 1998 OS and has pretty severe compatibility
   problems when running on newer operating systems. You will need a copy of Aali's Graphics
   Driver to get the game running in a state similar to the Steam version. Bear this in mind
   if planning to acquire the 1998 PC version.
   
3) Patching to Spanish/German/French
   The folder architecture and some file names are different in the spanish/french/german
   versions of the game. Compatibility options have been added to the installer but the
   files will mostly be converted into English. However, the mod has been translated to
   French and Spanish and is maintained by Mexico (French version) on ff7.fr and Markul
   (Spanish version).
   

Next to consider are the modding platforms available for FF7.

1) Stand-alone Installer
   For users wanting to play the NT mod on its own with no other modifications this is the
   fastest and most stable option. The installer will patch the game files and you'll be
   ready to play within a few minutes.
   
   Download the Stand-alone installer, right-click it to bring up Properties, and ensure that
   the installer has admin permissions + is unblocked (if this option appears).
   
   Next, make a backup copy of your game's Final Fantasy VII folder; this is to quickly revert to the
   default game files without having to perform a reinstall/file verification to reacquire
   the base files.
   
   Run the installer as Admin, and progress through until asked for the directory in which
   FF7 is installed. The target address is the folder called Final Fantasy VII (or FF7).
   Confirm and check the installer report; if it was successful, then you're ready to go.
   
   Also note that the installer is fairly robust; it will overwrite any version of FF7
   so if it has been modded already these changes will likely be lost; on the plus side,
   this also means you don't have to have a 100% clean default copy prior to installation
   and avoids issues with 'unknown version' problems.
   
2) 7th Heaven Mod Loader
   Often abbreviated to '7H', this is a mod loader that reduces mods down to their constituent
   files in order to combine mods and produce compatibility via a launcher without having
   to manually combine mods together. It has its limitations, some mod types can't be
   combined through this process, and both the program itself and its installation process
   are prone to error.
   
   A full set of instructions for preparing 7H can be found here: http://forums.qhimm.com/index.php?topic=15520.0
   Once you have installed 7H and have tested that it is working as intended, you are ready
   for the next step.
   
   7H uses 'IROs' which are basically mods packaged up for use with 7th Heaven, and are named
   after the original author of the tool. With 7H running, you can either import FF7 NT's IRO
   and activate it that way, or you can activate it through the catalogs available through 7H.
   They are the same file, just acquired in different ways.
   
   When activating NT's IRO, make sure to have an appropriate mod load order (a
        recommended list can be viewed on the 7H Tutorial).

3) Reunion (R06)
   An alternate modding platform that boasts enhanced visuals, audio, and other benefits though
        lacks some 7h features such as on-the-fly file hotswapping. This is currently my preferred way
        of playing the game. Unzip the downloaded folder, place in the Custom folder of the R06 install
        and then update the options.cfg with the added folder. Remember to disable the new_translation
        option however as it is incompatible with NT.
   
4) Sister-Ray Modding Framework (IN DEVELOPMENT)
   This is still in development and a section will be added when it officially releases.


Cross-Platform Modding
Thanks to the efforts of certain individuals, the NT mod has been successfully installed to several
platforms including Android and the Nintendo Switch. No known port has been made to the PS4 version
but as the file architecture is identical to the PC version it may well be possible. I will try and provide support
for cross-platform, but it will be limited as I'm unfamiliar with the process and do not own a Switch to test.

Android: (Unsure where to find out more, a user reported getting this to work)

Switch: https://gbatemp.net/threads/final-fantasy-vii-a-new-threat-switch-version.534578/

PS4: Not yet confirmed
   
Testing the Installation
The final step is testing that the mod has installed correctly across every file; the core files
for NT are:
*) scene.bin
*) kernel.bin
*) flevel.lgp
*) battle.lgp
*) char.lgp
*) ff7.exe or ff7_en.exe (if using the installer, otherwise these changes are applied via hext)

Scene.bin: This file is where the enemy data is kept.
         
Kernel.bin: This file is where the equipment, spells, and character stats are stored.
It is also responsible for setting the game's initial state and acts as a look-up table for the scene.bin.
If the kernel is not patched when starting a New Game, an error message will be shown.
If a non-NT save game (or one where the kernel was not patched when it was started) is loaded into
Reactor 1 then an error message will show.

Flevel.lgp: This file archive handles the game's dialogue and events.
When starting a new game, a new set if dialog boxes and options should appear
for selecting Game Type instead of jumping straight into the opening FMV.
         
.EXE: This file is what makes the game run and contains various pieces of information such as Limit Break data.
To test this has been patched, try using a Potion in the field menu; if it restores 300HP here then the .EXE is patched
(note, this test is to be performed outside of battle; the behaviour of Potions in-battle is handled by the kernel.bin).

         
Troubleshooting
1) I've installed the mod and now my game won't run at all
   A) This can be due to either patching a non-English version of the game, patching a pirated
   copy that relies on .EXE hacks to beat the copy protection, or a bad install of the game that
   has been broken by a Windows update (common issue, particularly with the 7H Modified version).
   
2) I installed the mod but failed one of the installation tests
   A) This issue typically occurs with the 7H version and with the kernel.bin file specifically
   or the .EXE file will fail to patch due to security protection in the Installer version.
        For best results, it's more reliable to have FF7 installed outside of protected systems folders
        (for instance, outside of Program Folders) and to ensure that any installers used are being run
        as admin & are unblocked via properties on your PC.
   
   If the issue occurs on 7H, then you may need to repeat the installation process for 7H again.
   
   In severe cases, a manual patch is available which is placing the mod's files directly into
   the FF7 folder. This is available on request if troubleshooting fails.
   
3) The Installer (stand-alone) says it can't find files to patch/they are already patched
   A) The target directory for the installer changed for the 1.5 and 1.5+ versions of the mod
   from the FF7/Data folder to just the FF7 folder itself in order to apply changes to the
   game's executable file. Older videos and materials of installation will report the target
   directory as FF7/Data so watch out for that.

   Another possibility is permission issues. The Installer should be set to run as admin and
   be unblocked via its Properties. For better results, having FF7 installed in a non-systems
   folder can also help (typically it installs to Program Folders by default which can make
   it more difficult to alter by third party programs).


[Changelog]
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New Threat v2.0
2.0995
-) Fixed looping issue in North Crater script
-) Fort Condor: Multiple item reward issue & changed to a clean variable
-) Removed an old flag-altering AI fragment from an enemy
-) Corrected flag for a Hard-mode only drop that wasn't resetting for another drop if on Game Type B
-) Updated Shinra HQ Floor 68 Boss to have same drops/steals/morphs as Type A Boss (had none previously)
-) Fix for receiving EXP & Gil when under No-Exp and Hard Mode for a certain enemy
-) Updated conditions for Cait Sith to appear in Costa Del Sol (prevent appearing too early)
-) Updated ability name for Cactuar's 'escape' ability
-) Removed test battle BG (replaced the train chase battle BG and snuck its way into a release)
-) Issue where multiple Bahamut ZERO Materia could be dug up in Bone Village
-) Adjusted condition needed for alternate scene on the hill with Tifa (Disc 2)
-) Da Chao Type A/B dialogue for Tifa was flipped around
-) Adjusted Type B Junon scene to prevent dialogue showing if a certain character isn't present
-) 3D-Battler minigame in Gold Saucer changed to be first to 5 hits instead of 10
-) Adjusted seating positions for characters on the Submarine (both variants)
-) Improved Save Point position for Whirlwind Maze & SP Upgrade teleport coordinates
-) Added a Triangle ID check for picking up HP Plus Materia to prevent it being picked up from below

v2.0994
-) Added many missing button prompts to in-game text
-) Added missing model files for 7th Heaven & Reunion versions (Great Glacier enemy affected)
-) Ruby Weapon EXP/Gil/AP values set to match Emerald Weapon EXP/Gil/AP values
-) Chocobo Ranch: Updated conditions so that characters do not appear early before visiting Kalm
-) Added Long Range pickup if it is missed during Disc 1/2
-) Adjusted drops for Eligor (increased chance for Mute Mask & Dream Powder, X-Potion drop removed)
-) Issue where enemy would give EXP under No Exp mode
-) Jenova DEATH: HP reduced by 4000 to 36,000, defence deterioration when attacked increased
-) KO immunity added to Shinra Mansion mini-boss (Type B); Morphs added to both parts to make consistent with Type A boss drops
-) Battle Square: Updated prize text where Fire Veil was listed but was actually 8-Inch Cannon
-) Added No EXP toggle to Game Start menu
-) Adjustment to item 'Synthesis Cell' (removed most of the detrimental effects)
-) Masamune adjustment: base power decreased to 55, defence ignore property removed
-) Minor text revision to Mystile and Curse Ring descriptions
-) Added a random prize-set of items to replace Megalixir 'catch-all' prize used for various Fort Condor battles:
   Astral Curtain
   Lucky Pill
   Hero Drink Classic
   Dragon Fang
   Dragon Scales
-) Added minor easter egg when beating the game under the following conditions (must be activated at New Game and left enabled throughout):
   Hard Mode
   No Source Upgrades
   No EXP
-) Tweaks made to a Disc 3 boss; rewards added and game no longer proceeds to ending scenes after the battle

2.0993
-) Enemy Away & Morph Materia pickup issue

2.0992
-) Removed rename function during a scene that caused Cait's name to also change
-) Typo on train conductor's dialogue
-) Removed rename functions from Silver Chocobo due to unintended side-effects
-) Reactor 5 Type B: Save Point allowed use of SP Upgrades prematurely
-) Champion Belt: Vit+20 raised to Vit+45
-) Barret's Limit Break 'Mindblow' now deals Magic damage as intended instead of MP damage
-) X-Potion adjusted: In-battle, can be used on a single target for a focused heal or spread across party
-) Updated text for Cid's special items in his innate descriptions in Beginner's Hall & Respectable Inn
-) Type B: Scene fixed when exiting the elevator if Jessie not helped on the way out
-) Type B: Tifa line change in Sector 7 prior to Reactor 5 mission departure
-) Type B: Missing camera data for Sector 7 scene re-added
-) Type B: Sewer boss cleanup handling of the water treatment machine when KO'd
-) Type B: Reactor 5 boss reduced number of enemies in 2nd wave by 1
-) Disabled PHS from Save Point near Ropeway station when about to meet Cait Sith to prevent softlock
-) Iron Bangle: Materia slot added
-) Hard Mode description updated; EXP given is 1.25x higher rather than 0.5x lower
-) Boss in Great Glacier was using a placeholder model and has been updated to the intended model
-) Gi Nattak: Rekindle set to 1 target instead of all to avoid an issue where he could heal himself with it
-) Issue where Tifa could softlock during movement at the Sector 7 train station on Type B route
-) Conditions for playing Tifa's Piano for Final Heaven extended to include other party leaders (Tifa must be in active party)
-) Rebalancing for a boss fight on Disc 3 (and script/AI stability check)
-) Harpy is now more likely to use Aqualung (chance increases as HP decreases; can only cast Aqualung once)
-) Removed walkmesh deactivation on the dog in the cupboard in Kalm which could result in the character being softlocked if in the wrong place
-) Updated documentation for some erroneous information and leftover notes
-) Enemy Away unequipped from Aeris' starting equipment; this is now placed in Sector 5 Slum (outside entrance to junkyard)
-) Great Glacier: Moved location of Slash-All Materia from Mountain \ trail to Hot Springs area
-) North Crater: Added Comet Materia (only present if it was missed in the Whirlwind Maze)
-) Icicle Inn: Moves Save Point indoors

v2.0991
*) AI fix for Jenova DEATH in Whirlwind Maze
*) Blue Materia Cave boss adjusted
*) Removed var checks for 1/32 Soldier collection (just checks for 12 in stock now)
*) Added scripts to handle party leaders for Barret scene in Kalm (Disc 3)
*) Fixed script relating to key in Junon Weapon Raid (Type B)
*) Corrected slots for Gigas Armlet to No Growth
*) Added failsafe to the Save Point in Holzoff's House
*) Corrected typo on Cosmo Canyon repairman's line

v2.099
*) AI fixes for Jersey, Death Dealer, and Jenova SYNTHESIS
*) Schizo HP was restored to intended values
*) 1/32 Soldier in Cosmo Canyon could be picked up repeatedly
*) 1/32 Soldier NPC hand-in check was adjusted to account for above
*) Added a line of dialogue to Cosmo NPC who fixes the car and offers advice when paid
*) North Corel: Text box for buying Materia from boy was fixed (if train crashes)
*) Dragon Force: Effect and targeting changed
*) Touph Ring: Elemental resistance flags added

v2.098
*) Fixed toggle on Fort Condor and Kalm Save Points
*) Zack Flashback: Tweaked battle to prevent a crash

v2.097
*) Lowered HP and Defences for a Crater enemy
*) Fixed a missing teleport jump for the Kalm Save Point when using the SP System
*) Removed some rename OpCodes from the Zack Flashback
*) Removed some Hard Mode on flags from Condor and Kalm save points
*) Fixed New Game turning Hard Mode on when selecting standard difficulty

v2.096
*) Fixed an issue where Hard Mode was the wrong way round when starting a New Game

v2.095
*) Toggle flags for Hard mode, Battle Music, and No EXP fixed
*) Hard Mode: Parameters adjusted
*) Moved Tifa dialogue boxes in old woman's house in Under Junon
*) Removed a 17th Field model from Junon Parade
*) Tifa & Cid were invisible when entering the Slums Park on Type B
*) Reference to Type A events removed from Type B Wall Market
*) 1/35 Soldier in Midgar Raid was giving Vaccine instead of the item
*) Yuffie Innate text updated in-game and in documentation
*) Ahriman in North Crater now carries the Mustard Bomb enemy skill (Manipulate)
*) Mt. Nibel Flashback, Fountain SFX wasn't being played
*) Name change function on a certain Chocobo disabled for Cloud, Cait, and Vincent
*) Magic Counter in Desert Prison was hidden on Type B
*) Grimguard (Forgotten City, canyon in the back) now carries Javelin as a Steal
*) Guard Ring & Relic Ring Steal location corrected in documentation
*) Changed Mideel Materia shop inventory (post-collapse) to keep Osmose available
*) Risk Ring added as a Morph to Goblin enemy (Goblin Islands)
*) Four Slots added as a Steal to Ying enemy (Shinra Mansion Basement)
*) Reactor 5 Type B boss downtuned
*) OPTs in Underwater Reactor boss downtuned
*) Carry Armour: Counter chance on torso halved for each HP increment
*) Cargo Ship: Sound issue where ladders/invisible alpha cancelled sea spray SFX
*) Nerosuferoth: AI mistake caused Beak attack to be unreachable
*) Sector 7 Slums: Typo after picking up Sense Materia
*) Contact flag handler added for character in Junon Weapon Raid
*) Sephiroth & Young Cloud erroneously made unequippable during the Nibelheim Flashback
*) Adjusted Mako Cannon scene script that was locked to Type A only
*) North Crater script fixed
*) Gold Saucer: Save Point at Battle Square was set to disable PHS before entering Desert Prison
*) 1/35 Soldiers: Placements of permanently missable soldiers adjusted to be unmissable
*) Ruby Weapon: Corrected Bolt weakness to Earth weakness
*) X-Attack now exchanged for Desert Rose
*) Long Range now part of the 3 Materia set for completing Kalm Traveller sidequest

v2.0.94
*) Shinra Mansion: A boss wasn't dropping its item.
*) North Crater: A script trigger was fixed.
*) Updated Drain adjustment in Installer EXEs.

v2.0.93
*) Temple of the Ancients: A chest would be flagged as opened during Type B scenario.
*) Ruby uses homing ray counter on Self instead of Self.PreviousAttacker
*) Shin Godo invalid attack ID set to a var under certain conditions
*) Lich GT: Drop, Steal, and Morph added.
*) Boss: Cure3 & L4 Holy Targeting issue + ???? Absorption added.
*) Hyper Jump and Dragon swapped back to original placements as anim for former wouldn't play.
*) Type B Shinra Mansion Boss: MP Increased
*) Cargo Ship: Type B boss battle was using Type A boss instead
*) Shinra HQ F59: One of the fight triggers gives a Type A encounter instead of Type B
*) Highwind: NPC added close to other crewmen on the bridge, with information on locations for sidecontent (appears on Disc 3)
*) Wonder Square: Multiple Speed Plus could be bought.
*) Junon: Softlock on E-Junction when returning as Cloud after Weapon Raid + blocking access to back rooms.
*) Midgar Raid: Save Point line was firing in wrong place in tunnels.
*) North Crater: Shield and EXP Plus Materia locations swapped for visiblity.
*) Zack Flashback: When completing this event, Cait Sith would be re-initialised resulting in a loss of sources and equipment.
*) Reactor 5: Type B boss has small magic reduction.
*) Type B: Boss didn't have AI set for 0 EXP.
*) Added patched .EXEs for the Installer version.

v2.0.92
*) Osmose description updated
*) Temple of the Ancients: leftover debug script was adding Chainsaws to inventory
*) Highwind: Line of dialogue was playing under the wrong circumstances.
*) Sister Ray: Typo on Hojo's line.
*) Midgar Raid: NPC was appearing under incorrect circumstances.
*) Kalm: Depending on where player is when talking to Barret for Catastrophe, a softlock could occur.
*) Corneo's Mansion: If entering on Type B, the Type A events would occur and disrupt game progression.
*) Wutai: Altered some dialogue for Type B on Da Chao.
*) Temple of the Ancients: A button prompt was updated.
*) Satans Gate: Boss respecced, Powersoul drop moved to field script.
*) Red Materia Cave: Adjusted parameters of Zombie Breath, AI script change.
*) Chokhmabo: Unset attack in death script, resulting in softlock.
*) Chokhmabo: Initial Defence stats were not at correct values.
*) Curator: Increased MaxMP of torso to 400.
*) Cobalt XIV: Rearranged order of combatants for an AI trigger from opt to use Laser + Matra Magic.
*) Using other party leaders for Temple of the Ancients on Disc 3 results in softlock on jump.
*) Text Box alignment: Sector 7 slums.
*) Lucrecia Cave: Issue where a different party leader with Cloud/Tifa present would disrupt the script.
*) Documentation: Changed wording of Zenogias Plate placement from Shinra Villa to Costa Villa.
*) Temple of the Ancients: Issue where a special chest could be opened from platform above, causing a softlock.
*) Temple of the Ancients: Issue where Cid couldn't
*) Armored Golem: Updated some attacks for the AI.
*) Da Chao Spirit: HP boost.
*) Ruby Weapon & Emerald Weapon: HP boost.
*) Green Hero: Changed buff given by an ability from Regen to Auto-Crits.
*) Ruby Weapon could be refought after killing him due to a missing flag toggle on his Death Script.
*) Added KO check for Yuffie and Cid's innate abilities.
*) Armored Golem: Some attacks weren't set in AI.

v2.0.91
*) 7h IRO: Added chunks that handle the triggers for gateways etc. allowing access to Save Point in Icicle Inn.
*) Da Chao: 1/35 Soldier was misplaced.
*) Wutai Pagoda: Issue where Disc 3 Pagoda couldn't be completed if not finished on Disc 1/2.
*) 3 typos with Ester's lines when explaining Chocobo controls.

*Going forward, the versioning is abandoning the semantic approach of Major.Minor.Patch (2.X.X) as the 7th Heaven
auto-update function reads for decimal and not strings; version from here will be 2.091. Apologies for confusion.

v2.0.11 - 11/08/2020
*) 1/35 Soldier on Sister Ray was incorrectly placed
*) Battle Square Museum; bug during editing prevented the field from loading.
*) Adjusted positioning for Type B Boss in Temple of the Ancients.

v2.0.10 - 10/08/2020
*) Mt. Nibel: Boss could be fought twice due to a script conflict.
*) Battle Square: Dio appearing when not intended.
*) Temple of the Ancients: Battle ID for Type B boss corrected.
*) Land Worm: Was incorrectly targeting itself with a certain attack.
*) Icicle Inn: Snowboarding instructions had overlapping windows.
*) Dragon Force: Target flag prevented it from being used on party when attempting to learn it.
*) Crater Dragon: Trine had no animation set.
*) North Crater: 3 Save Points added to SP Upgrade Jump list & 1 Save Point on Left-Up Path was marked as hidden.
*) Documentation: Corrected error that reported 1/35 location as east cave instead of west cave.
*) Sea Worm: Attacks had incorrect base power.
*) Great Glacier: Wrong BattleID was corrected.
*) Steal Gil property was removed from some Type B enemies in Wall Market.
*) Priscilla's House: Collision deactivated with Priscilla as it obstructed obtaining the Slow Materia later in the game.
*) Kalm: Dog in the closet no longer deactivates player movement to prevent possible softlock (base game issue).
*) Cave of the Gi: A script jump was missing, meaning that the boss from Type B and Type A was being fought on Type B.
*) Shinra Mansion: Zack Flashback can now be triggered once Cloud returns to the party instead of Disc 3 only.
*) Gelnika: Turks reinstated for Type B.
*) Great Glacier: Variable was double-booked, preventing acquisition of a Materia here.
*) Great Glacier: Variable was double-booked, preventing acquisition of an item in North Crater.
*) Purple Materia Cave: Crash could occur as a variable decremented.
*) Nibelheim: Reassigned variable to handle Final Heaven (acquired when Tifa is party leader).
*) Kalm: Issue with Barret & Marlene's scripts.
*) Forgotten City: An event could trigger at an unintended time.
*) Fort Condor: Adjusted battle camera with Ultimate Weapon.
*) Weaponsmith: Dialogue boxes misaligned for Cloud.
*) Mustard Bomb: Changed Camera
*) Mideel: Dialogue box misaligned
*) Rocket Town: Collision disabled for two guards.
*) Temple of the Ancients: Dark Matter Key Item wasn't being acquired.
*) Drain Damage buffed to 25% of damage dealt
*) Osmose: Adjusted to deal 1/2 the target's MP as damage, draining 25% of damage dealt for the caster's MP.
*) Midgar Raid: Tweak to Turks scene so that screen is darkened/models set to invisible directly after the battle.
*) HP Shout: Removed from boss drop, can only be acquired through Wonder Square (Disc 3); documentation updated.
*) Elena: Midgar Raid appearance, AI adjusted to only use Turk Antidote once.
*) Reflect Materia: Issue where selling price was giving close to max gil for Master.

v2.0.9 - 7/08/2020
*) PC Button Prompts added alongside the Controller button prompts.
*) Yuffie: Fixed issue where Throwlette would only trigger if she was Defending prior to its charge.
*) Updated innate text for Yuffie and Red XIII.
*) Mt. Nibel: Some field models intended for later were visible during the flashback.
*) Oversight where Hard Mode and Standard Mode were flipped at the start.
*) Weapon Raid: Type B continuity corrected.
*) Beginner's Hall: Menu Selection had extra blank options set.
*) Kalm Traveller: W-Attack was being given instead of W-Magic.
*) Nibelheim Flashback: Mt. Nibel music was playing earlier than intended.
*) Sephiroth: Changed Odin to Bahamut in Flashback.

v2.0.8 - 5/08/2020
*) Icicle Inn: Innkeeper had Barret name on one of his dialogue lines.
*) Mt. Nibel: Chests visible during Cloud's Memory Flashback.
*) Chocobo Ranch: Chocobos being moved into stable would fade to black during selection screen.
*) Submarine: Aeris position was overlaying Yuffie's.
*) Shinra HQ: Vending Machine price check fixed.
*) Shinra HQ: An issue where the script would jump players to the wrong Floor 67 after a Type B scene.
*) Sector 5 Slums: Cloud could clip through the Sector 7 gates under certain conditions in Type B.
*) Shinra HQ: Cloud mixes up character names in the stairwell.
*) Cargo Ship: Barret would say two sets of lines which are intended to differ from Type A to Type B.
*) Church: Altered scene when re-entering the Church early on Type B.
*) Sector 7: Tifa's lines change on Type B when saying she'll come along this time.
*) Train: Cloud line changes on Type B.
*) Save Point: Corrected a variable trigger for Hard Mode toggle.
*) Wall Market: Corneo's Mansion sealed off during certain parts of Type B.
*) Mt. Nibel: The boss on Mt. Nibel would not vanish after being defeated under certain conditions.
*) Kalm: Some dialogue with Red XIII would not match events on Type B.
*) Wall Market: An unused Cait Sith was visible in the diner on Disc 2/3.
*) Ancient Forest: Resized text at entrance.
*) Blue Materia Cave: Changed text when picking up the Materia.
*) Ultimate Weapon: Corel Reactor encounter had some attacks not set with an animation.
*) Cactuar: Added check for decrementing run chance + deactivation AI.
*) Cobalt XIV: Fixed AI target for Ice2.
*) COMMANDO: Text for an attack name had REDBOX in it.
*) Gondola: An issue where a 2nd Cloud could appear.
*) Cait Sith: Can no longe regen MP past his maximum when not defending.
*) Yuffie: Innate altered, now has a Defend-activated ability called Throwlette.
*) Red XIII: Innate altered, max stat gain is now +45 instead of +35.
*) Documentation: Item location for a 1/35 Soldier updated.
*) Hard Mode: Toggle on field screens was opposite to the one reported in-battle (actual setting).
*) Elfadunk: Morph added (Tent).
*) Mythril Mines: Dialogue altered for Type B continuity.
*) Ghost Hotel: Dialogue altered for Type B continuity.

v2.0.7 - 4/08/2020
*) Shinra HQ: Party Composition was off, resulting in Barret running into a wall during a scene.
*) Church: Typo on Aeris' line.
*) Cloud's Memory: Window resized for text.
*) Mideel: Window resized for text.
*) Changed reference to Mega-Materia to Huge Materia in some scenes.
*) Cloud: Starting MP was adjusted to match his max MP.
*) Reactor 5: Shinra Troopers given AI.
*) Ultimate Weapon: AI report strings removed (Debug).

Appended
*) Shinra HQ: Fixed issue where player was being placed on the wrong field for a certain scene.
*) COMMANDO: Adjusted to use Fire and Quake for a certain battle.

v2.0.6 - 03/04/2020
*) Game Type B Enabled
*) Midgar Raid: Placement of Rude could cause a sotflock under certain conditions.
*) Costa Del Sol: Vincent was visible before his recruitment in the Villa basement.
*) Aeris: Added some animation files to the char.lgp for Installer version.
*) Shinra HQ: Some text box alignments & animation speed settings.
*) Sector 5 Slums: Shorten Wait on scripts for Sector 5 Slum vendors.
*) Wonder Square: If you buy Materia before weapon then weapon can't be bought.
*) Source System: Randomiser toggle would lose sources when checking stats in menu.
*) Fort Condor: Teleport NPC wasn't being enabled at start of Disc 2 under certain conditions.
*) Respectable Inn: Tetx updated with accurate kill count needed for 2-1, 3-1 Limit Breaks.
*) Ying/Yang: Softlock when attacking Ying with Magic.
*) Unknown2: ? ? ? ? Needle set to reduce target's HP to 1 instead of MHP - HP difference of Unknown2
*) Unknown3: Creepy Touch set to inflict Paralysis instead of Imprisoned/Ejected.
*) Materia Cave: Changed Gold Flare animation.
*) Sample HO512: Can now be hit with Gravity-based attacks
*) Sample HO512: Changed animation of cloying breath
*) Aeris: Healing staves have been given the ignore-defence property.
*) White M-Phone: Extra slot added, Triple Growth set.
*) Black M-Phone: Extra slots added.

v2.0.5 - 01/08/2020
*) Beginner's Hall: Field loading problem.

v2.0.4 - 31/07/2020
*) Highwind: Issue wherein a softlock could occur when Tifa talks to Red XIII under certain conditions.
*) Beginner's Hall: Innate List wasn't being drawn as a question box on some of the NPCs.
*) Temple of the Ancients: Reverted Cloud positioning during the final scene.
*) Jumping: A targeting issue in which Jumping could attack itself or allies.
*) SOLDIER 2nd: An issue where 2x-Cut was playing an altered animation.
*) Crater Dragon: Added Manipulate as an available status, to allow for Dragon Force to be learned.
*) Crater Dragon: Trine added to list of usable moves while under Manipulate
*) Death Dealer: One entry of Death Dealer was not vulnerable to Manipulate as intended.
*) Documentation: Updated locations list with Enemy Skill list.

Appended
*) Highwind: A test encounter was removed from the Save Point (2x SOLDIER: 2nd).
*) Reactor 1: The item sitting on the catwalk could be made impassable under certain conditions.
*) Beginner's Hall: Issue with Save Point tutorial script in which it could be escaped.
*) Rocket Town: Materia flag corrected.
*) Mt. Corel: Encounter probability corrected on the Rope Bridge area to prevent Encounter 0.

Appended
*) Costa Del Sol: Issue where scene would not trigger in Mt. Corel if Villa was purchased and items were acquired.
*) Shinra HQ: Vending machine wouldn't accept payment if Gil was above 255.

v2.0.3 - 30/07/2020
*) Versioning for the IRO's mod.xml updated.
*) Forgotten City: PHS was staying available when moving away from the Save Point close to the Altar.
*) Forgotten City: Adjusted parameters for a scene that may not occur under certain conditions.
*) Forgotten City: An issue where the Fort Condor teleport NPC was not returning the player.
*) Cargo Ship: Text for 'Invisible Alpha' drink price corrected to 250gil.
*) Great Glacier: Magic Plus moved to the log-bridge area.
*) Icicle Inn: Save Point set up and walkmesh accessibility
*) Cait Sith: Black M-Phone was draining MP instead of HP.
*) EXP & Gil values for Hard Mode weren't being reduced correctly.
*) Kernel: Updated some item names.
*) Attack Squad: An animation issue with grenades.
*) COMMANDO Captain: Parameters adjusted for appearance in Special Battle of Battle Square.

*) Spells: The following adjustments were made
Fire2: Base 30 > 32
Fire3: MP 39 > 44
Ice2: Base 20 > 28, MP 9 > 12
Ice3: Base 46 > 54, MP 15 > 20
Bolt2: Base 25 > 30, MP 23 > 24
Bolt3: Base 54 > 56, MP 36 > 40
Quake: Base 14 > 15
Quake2: Base 35 > 36, MP 27 > 31
Quake3: Base 63 > 66, MP 45 > 49
Bio2: Base 22 > 29
Bio3: Base 50 > 55
Trine: Base 24 > 22
Magic Breath: Base 46 > 50, MP 64 > 54

Appended
*) Documentation: Corrected Eligor's Steal and Morph, to Striking Staff and Silver Glasses respectively.
*) Yuffie: Innate now returns a small amount of gil per battle on Hard Mode (First enemy's level * Yuffie's Level).
*) Highwind: Fixed a crash on Merchant (debugging routine) for a test battle that has been deleted.

v2.0.2 - 29/07/2020
*) Reactor 5: Steal rates adjusted
*) Yuffie Innate: Flag set to counter the previous physical attacker
*) Gorki: Adjusted parameters of the fight; can now be targeted with Magic, and is not immune to Gravity
*) Tonadu: Defined a var at start of fight for random checks, re-checked attacks are set
*) Enemies: Added Hard Mode AI script to several world map enemies
*) Beginner's Hall: A loop error on one of the kid's scripts was removed.
*) Shinra HQ: Added a gil check to the vending machine on floor 64.
*) Kalm: When opening the closet, the dog can become trapped on the player causing a softlock (vanilla).
*) Jenova LIFE: Fixed a check that the Hard Mode toggle interferes with.
*) MP Turbo: Location corrected in the documentation.
*) Sector 5 Slums: Adjusted dialogue of NPC.

v2.0.1 - 28/07/2020
*) Corrected Battle ID for Security Captain
*) Fixed a hext offset that caused Aps to crash on use of Sewer Tsunami (likely other problems)
*) Fixed 'Matera Menu' typo
*) Fixed missing word in Reno line
*) Removed name of Cloud's innate for consistency with other unnamed innates
*) Removed a label loop error on Train Guard in Sector 7

Appended
*) Beginner's Hall: Save Point NPC could break under certain conditions
*) Junon Heli-taxi: Options fixed
*) Text box resizing: Under Junon
*) Yin/Yang: Pause on text lines in battle AI caused anim desynch
*) Stinger: Removed use of Sting Bomb counter from its Main attack pattern
*) Security Captain: Duplicate ID on attacks and mis-referenced in AI

Appended
*) Security Captain: Checked Model & Attack IDs
*) Junon T-Junction: Alarm script fixed
*) Heli Taxi NPC: Lock when declining

v2.0.0 - 27/07/2020
*) Initial Release

New Threat v1.5
*Changelog was not maintained throughout NT 1.0-1.5's development, so previous updates are not listed or are heavily truncated.
May 2019: https://pastebin.com/Ci6gR9wH
July 2018: https://pastebin.com/xwzFCGnp
June 2018: https://pastebin.com/3f6TWhBm

v1.5: Current version: undergoing revisions
v1.4: Arrange Mode added
v1.35: Rank-Up added for Sources and character stat advancement
v1.3: General overhaul of battles, etc.
v1.2: Additional features added
v1.1: Rebuild completed
v1.0.5: Hotfixes and amendments
v1.0: Initial release


[Credits]
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FF7 NT has been a hugely positive part of my life and helped me get into programming, which led to a new vocation as a developer. The mod was only possible to build because of the effort put in by the modding community here in disassembling/supporting the game, and the continued support of players.

Tools & Technical Information:
-) Borde: Kimera & Img2TEX tools
-) Bosola: OpCode Sheet
-) Dan: Assembly lessons, Hext-tools, and Ochu
-) EQ2Alyza: 7H Catalog support
-) Gjoerulv: For helping me get set up with modding using Wall Market
-) Kalderasha: Donated new field models (chibi-style) & 7H support
-) Luksy: ULGP tool
-) Markul: Creating & maintaining Spanish version of the mod
-) Myst6re: Makou Reactor tool
-) NFITC1: Wall Market & Proud Clod tools
-) TenkoKuugen: Assembly information
-) UltimaEspio: Donated Aeris animations from her mod
-) UnaBomb: 7h Support
-) Cloudiar: Kalm in Yuffie Concept

Thanks to players who got actively involved with NT's development, providing troubleshooting, feedback, and giving the mod exposure through videos/streaming:
-) Bowser9
-) Cicadian
-) FFMan
-) Jugend/Rob
-) Karifean
-) LetCreativityPlay
-) Loseless
-) Neurosephiroth
-) NGPlus Community (formerly ID Community)
-) PotatoHandle
-) RagingFlare
-) RedManMark86
-) TheStrahl
-) Xerokynos

Special thanks to these three, they've been ongoing supporters of the mod on a technical level for the last couple of years and helped to troubleshoot user problems and maintain interest in the mod. I was really lucky they came along and stuck around:
-) iDerek759
-) Strife98
-) Uprisen

For Donators: I really appreciate the generosity that's been shown, I'll pay it back by making sure NT continues to grow and improve; thanks to all of you.


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Sega Chief:
Hi folks, I tried to release a gameplay mod on the releases thread a few days ago but it's been locked to wait for moderator approval (damn you, due process). So figured I'd try and drum up some early interest in the meantime. Got a full(ish) list of what the mod does and it's features in this manual here: http://www.mediafire.com/download/dzbq6cqq2c27ard/FF7+NT+Manual.doc

Features that might be of interest are;
-) 100+ new bosses and enemies, with every story boss given a new set of moves and AI
-) About 40 or so 'unique' models made for enemies using in-game monster parts; we got a robot dragon in there somewhere
-) Quick but rewarding random encounters coupled with longer tougher boss fights
-) An Extra Battle added to the Battle Square that's a bit like the Monster Arena in FFX
-) Some new thingies like extra save points, merchants, and the option to skip the lengthier cutscenes and flashback sequences to make the game go by a bit smoother
-) Extra end-game boss fights to unlock Lv4 Limits and Ultimate Weapons as well as the option to change party leaders from the Operations Room once the party has reached the bottom of North Cave (or North Cavity as the cool kids are saying nowadays)
-) Fixed the age-old 'perfect game' dilemma of whether to use the third battery or not

It's been played by a couple of people who said they were enjoying it. So that's something. If anyone's interested in giving this mod a go then the download links for it are in the video description for this tutorial on the mod's installation: http://youtu.be/VsJnt1eRw7g

Any feedback on how to improve balance or bug reports for technical issues is always welcome.

Covarr:
We don't have a formal mod approval process. However, our forum software requires threads with more than a certain number of links in the OP to be approved. Unfortunately, these threads don't show up if you click "Show unread posts since last visit" like I usually do, so I don't always notice 'em.

If a mod release thread (or anything else that isn't spam) ever ends up in approval limbo, feel free to send me a PM and I'll take care of it. This goes for everyone.

Zara8:
Hey

will this mod make ff7 10 times more harder now to beat

Sega Chief:

--- Quote from: Covarr on 2014-01-21 14:11:09 ---We don't have a formal mod approval process. However, our forum software requires threads with more than a certain number of links in the OP to be approved. Unfortunately, these threads don't show up if you click "Show unread posts since last visit" like I usually do, so I don't always notice 'em.

If a mod release thread (or anything else that isn't spam) ever ends up in approval limbo, feel free to send me a PM and I'll take care of it. This goes for everyone.

--- End quote ---

So that's what happened to it; cheers for the info, Covarr!


--- Quote from: bobby678 on 2014-01-21 14:47:24 ---Hey

will this mod make ff7 10 times more harder now to beat

--- End quote ---

Sadly, it'll only make the game nine times harder to beat. But for next release, we're hoping to push that up to 9.2x. The idea wasn't to make a Hardcore-difficulty mod though, I was aiming for a more reasonable level of difficulty (but that mod name was taken; all the good descriptive names have been taken).

I've noticed you've had difficulty installing other mods on here, though. I recommend making a fresh installation of the game, and then to watch and follow the video tutorial I made (put the video on 1080HD and watch in full screen to make the text sharp enough to read). Remember that in the video the 1998 version is patched first. I patch the Steam version right after that so if you own the Steam version follow that part of the tutorial only. And make sure to download the correct patch; there's one for the original 1998 FF7 release and one for the FF7 Steam release.

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