To our community,
We are following up on our previous announcement regarding the upload of the new IFA3 official mod finally being available on Steam Workshop. For those of you who are not up to date as to what happened to the previous Official upload and why it took so long to resolve the situation, this post is to bring everyone up to speed.
Two months ago we experienced a critical issue with the Steam workshop page when pushing a small hotfix update of IFA3 on our original Steam hosting account. As a result the workshop page became hidden to the public even though it was still effectively ‘there’ for those already subscribed. We attempted to contact Steam support and correct the issue, restoring the workshop page to the public but to no avail.
This created a dilemma for the team: Wait and hope that the situation could be resolved and hold onto the workshop item with all of its current subscribers, or to create a new account to host the new official IFA3 mod download and start the long journey of getting the word out to the community of the big change to happen.
After too many weeks of hoping that the former would come to fruition, it became apparent that the confusion created amongst the community wondering what was happening was far more detrimental than simply hitting the reset button and starting again. This was especially disappointing timing given the planned release of our long awaited improved texture update to IFA3. To start the new workshop item merely weeks from the exciting updates is beyond frustrating for the team, but if no one can see the item then what is the point?
For more info regarding our upcoming ‘Second Wave’ release, you can read about it here: One page back
We have been monitoring discussions and comms chatter throughout all of this, and have noticed that the situation has created a lot of confusion and apprehension, questions pertaining to the status of the project, whether the IFA3 mod pack still exists and will continue to do so in the future, and most importantly:
Where the hell can I get it?
New Official page: IFA3 AIO
We do apologise for the long delay in providing this, but hope that this information will help shed some light on the behind the scenes thoughts processes involved. Which brings us to the meat of a second issue we would like to address.
In the wake of the new Official IFA3 workshop item being available to players, it has come to our attention that versions of the mod have been re-uploaded by several community members in an attempt to help mitigate the situation for their groups and events.
Please note: Our team does not view these actions as malicious or ill-intentioned. We understand that people from the community were trying to all contribute towards solving the mod unavailability issue with the same goal. We would like to thank all for the continued support and enthusiasm the community has shown towards our project.
However, now that we do have the new official workshop mod page for IFA3 up and running, we will be seeking to engage steam users who have hosted duplicate copies and kindly ask them to remove their re-uploads. We implore those steam users to not take this as a punishment or reprimand; more as a ‘thumbs up’ and ‘we can take it from here’.
This is not intended at all as a DMCA/IP flex, but to provide clarity for IFA3 subscribers and avoid confusion throughout our planned release schedule for 2022. Having multiple versions available on the workshop creates a situation where we are tracking issues spread across many mod variants on different version subsets. Spending time trying to track bugs that have been fixed three versions ago because some users are not current to our latest build becomes frustratingly like chasing our tail and will only slow our progression.
Additionally, this would only serve to confuse and impact the player experience as we can foresee situations where hosted missions are complicated by users being subscribed to different workshop items, and resulting in frustrating ‘who has which mod, link it to me’ troubleshooting. By having only the one official version available on the workshop allows us to maintain and provide the smoothest player experience.
We cannot wait to show you what the future of IFA3 will look like throughout the course of 2022 and thank you all for your continued patience during these testing times.