Broken Glass Studios has announced that its homage to Thief, The Dark Mod, is now a completely standalone stealth game, meaning you no longer need Doom 3 to play it.
TDM version 2.0 has had all the sounds, textures, particle effects, and models replaced; the AI has been improved; guards can hear better, AI are no longer "very easy to kill"; new gameplay has been added, along with some graphic improvements.
"Going standalone has been a mammoth undertaking," said artistic lead Eric Pommer. "There were literally hundreds of assets that needed to be replaced, and around seventy maps that had to be checked to see whether any of those replacements broke anything.
"We’ve been testing for months, but it’s almost certain that we missed something, somewhere. If you see a black texture, a model buried in the floor, or something else unusual in a map, please let us know. If it was caused by 2.0 changes, we’ll make sure we fix it in the next update."
Because of the removal and replacement of Doom 3 assets, some missions that used them are no longer compatible with TDM 2.0, which means if you are playing missions that you downloaded before 2.0, you may have trouble trying to run them. Most are fine, but a few missions will just crash while loading, and others will load but will have odd visual problems.
It is highly recommended that you delete all previously downloaded missions after updating to 2.0.
You can find out how to download The Dark Mod 2.0 and read up on more of the changes here.
If this is your first time hearing about it, have a look at the video below.