We've officially finished the design for the patch. We are beginning run through tests and private beta testing will begin soon. I can definitely say that we will release the patch before the end of January.
I'm about done with the ship remake, so check that off the list. I've been meticulously looking at file sizes ever since the beta because it was, admittedly and embarrassingly, inflated, as it were. Well, it was previously mentioned that the sound and music files were reduced in sized. In the OGG Vorbis format we can actually improve the quality and reduce size.
I'm going to begin scripting a configuration system that allows for only one intermission instance, instead of having duplicates. I think this will be much cleaner and it'll save a few dozen megabytes.
So, looking back at some of these maps as I'm scripting some new features and fixing some old ones gives me the feeling --or even the realization-- that a have a lot of work to do. That means good news and bad. The good is that there will be a lot more improvements than previously discussed. The bad is that it's going to cost me a lot more work. That said, I'm still expecting to release the update around mid-summer (the end of June, the beginning of July).
I've finally been able to set this site up completely. Now, down to business: the updates. I've thus far been able to hammer out approximately 200-250 brushes a day on the total remake of Mission 2.1. Of course, in retrospect, I highly regret releasing even the beta with the original Mission 2.1, which was actually rather old and one of the first fair single-player based levels I designed (fair with respect to the mean level of quality in single player maps as I myself have witnessed)