It's been quite a while since anything more than quick patches have been released to the HUD, and last night I had a revelation. For the longest time I wanted to do this big "overhaul" update that included all sorts of new stuff (including an updated installer), but work on the installer has been slow, and school and my own stream have been keeping me really busy the past few months to the point where I either haven't had the time or the desire to work on it.
Sounds like a retirement message, huh? Well..
Back in June of this year I re-did most of the main menu, started re-doing the tournament spectator HUD, switched over the main HUD font to a more aesthetically pleasing Cerbetica, and added in a new loading screen. They were all going to be packaged up with a new scoreboard, re-designed menus, and more HUD crosshairs. But why make you guys wait? I've been sitting on some of this stuff for literally months, and instead of letting it gather dust in my tf folder, I figured I should share it with the rest of the world.
While I'm not entirely done, I think it's only fair to show you all what I have done at the moment, my plans for the future, and how you can help shape those plans. I want to be as transparent as possible.
Without further ado, here's the new main menu and loading screen:
and here's the new default font (it's been around for awhile, but most people don't know about it):
Left: old font (cut off 6s and 9s), right: new font (rounded 6s and 9s)
While none of this is out yet, I plan to release all of this in small pieces in a transition process, rather a full overhaul. You can expect all this new stuff in addition to a potential new scoreboard (which will eliminate 4x3 resolution conflicts hopefully) as early as this weekend. The tournament spectator HUD, new crosshairs and re-done menus will probably take a bit, but this will allow you guys to help me find the bugs in this stuff sooner rather than if I had just dumped a million new things on you all at once.
How can you help?
Because I want to be transparent as possible during this whole process and give you guys the best possible product I can, I'd like to get some feedback. This can be in any form really, just something constructive and more than "I don't like this". It gives me a starting point and can help me form ideas as to what I can improve upon, things that I might want to do differently, etc. However, do keep in mind that if I feel it wouldn't benefit the majority of users it might not be added/changed.
Anyways, I'm looking forward to this new chapter in the life of the HUD and I'm really quite flattered that as many of you still use it as you do!