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36 Roster Hack (v1.0) "The Holy Grail"
« on: September 04, 2019, 09:52am »
MARVEL  MODS  PRESENTS:  THE  36  ROSTER  HACK



Ladies and gentlemen, on behalf of the entire Marvel Mods community, I present to you "The Holy Grail" that was many years in the making, referred to as the 36 Roster Hack (or "36R" for short). Normally, the game only allows for 27 playable heroes on the roster. But, through years of research, testing, and coding work, we have made it possible to have as many as 36 playable characters on the roster! Now, ALL of the official characters can be in the game at the same time!

Um... what are you doing? Stop pinching yourself -- you're not dreaming. And yes, your eyes are seeing this correctly.

Though this hack was the work of Nikita488, UltraMegaMagnus and myself, it was the brainchild of many minds here in this forum. (Its predecessor, the now-discontinued 33 Roster Hack had suffered some problems with the last 5 characters on our herostats. No more! Testing has shown that all of the characters gained XP and can equip items without worry. And saving the game isn't a problem, as a save file was created and loaded back into with no problems.) So, why settle for 27 when you can have 36? Download this awesome hack and see for yourself. And, feel free to give props, criticism, or feedback.

It is best to do a clean install of the game, then the Official Characters Pack before using the 36R. Some things were changed with the 33R or GEC that isn't necessary now.





FEATURES:
-36 heroes are now playable, extending the roster by 9. All can level up and use items with no problems. Saving data is not a problem either, as the game's memory has been increased.
-New character select stage with platform. Menulocations #23 and #42 are no longer facing awkward directions.
-Adds an extraction point to first level.
-Has Bobby Drake's human form model at Sanctum Santorum.
-All characters and extraction points unlocked.
-Green markers under characters are now gone.
-Hard difficulty unlocked.
-New accurately-sized mannequins of Colossus, Luke Cage, and the Thing.

NOTES:
-The 36R does not suffer from the "last 5" issues that its predecessor 33R had. All can gain experience points and use items without any problems. Even the "Level 99 Team" cheat code will not have problems with any of the characters.
-The riser in the team stage isn't wide enough for that many characters. If expanded, I will update.

MINOR GLITCHES:
-Some characters will have all of their outfits locked, including the one they are wearing. Fortunately, the "Unlock All Costumes" cheat code will fix that.
-When not using all official characters, the last two or three characters may not have a blue circle on their first power. Unsure what is causing that. They can still level up fine, though.
(NOTE: If solutions for these glitches are found, it will be updated.)

HEROSELECT NOTE:
The 36 Roster Hack will not work with Heroselect, as it still uses the old menu locations and has the max at 27. However, Tony Stark has created and modified his OpenHeroselect program to support the 36R. You can find it here: http://marvelmods.com/forum/index.php/topic,10597.0.html





PROJECT CREDITS:
Nikita488: Limit Adjuster plugins (Special props to him, as he made this all possible by increasing the game's memory.)
UltraMegaMagnus: mlm_team_back.igb alteration, green marker removal, improved mannequins
Outsider: team_back.xmlb alteration, herostat set-up, Iceman script change, Doom & Galactus loading screens, game testing
MelloMods: New m_team_stage background
brandonmeek: Extraction point at first level
Krisan Thyme: Character unlock script

RESEARCH CREDITS:
Nikita488 - Discovery of herostat & select screen codes, mlm_team_back file hex-editing
Outsider - 28 Roster Limit Hack modification & research, project testing and analysis
Krisan Thyme - 11-NPC & 39-Character limit discoveries
Teancum - Extensive research of game engine & PY scripts found at Knowledge Base
Tommyboy2002 - NPC>27 project research and game-breaking limit experimentation

NOTABLE MENTIONS:
Maegawa - Stage Select finding (through zoneinfo.engb)
Julio Cabral - Ideas from simulator mission research
(Also, thanks to all members who have contributed their thoughts and support throughout the process.)







« Last Edit: September 04, 2019, 11:33pm by Outsider »

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Re: 36 Roster Hack (v1.0) "The Holy Grail"
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2019, 10:48am »
AMAZING! Holy Grail indeed!

Now we should get Nikita to do the same with XML2 so I can continue the X-Men Legends PC project :P



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Re: 36 Roster Hack (v1.0) "The Holy Grail"
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2019, 02:50pm »
Good work, team! Thank you for all your continued efforts Marvel Modders!!

^^view MelloMods' Mods^^

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Re: 36 Roster Hack (v1.0) "The Holy Grail"
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2019, 02:52pm »
It's so amazing to see this finally come to fruition! Hopefully we can do the same for XML2

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Re: 36 Roster Hack (v1.0) "The Holy Grail"
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2019, 03:30pm »
Fantastic news!!! High praise to everyone involved!!!
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Re: 36 Roster Hack (v1.0) "The Holy Grail"
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2019, 03:33pm »
Oh...my...god!

I never thought I'd see this day. Congrats to everyone involved for making this a reality :D

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Re: 36 Roster Hack (v1.0) "The Holy Grail"
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2019, 03:52pm »
Holy bananas!!!! This is unbelievable...!!!!

Time to play Marvel Ultimate Alliance 1 again!

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Re: 36 Roster Hack (v1.0) "The Holy Grail"
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2019, 05:45pm »
I never doubted this day would come.
Guys, you are to be congratulated!
This feat is fantastic. I haven't fully tested it yet but I will do it. I have a question that may be more of a suggestion ... I really like the "team bonus" system, have you ever thought of raising its limit? That would be really cool!
Once again, congratulations Nikita488, UltraMegaMagnus, Outsider, MelloMods, Krisan Thyme, and everyone else who contributed to making this big dream come true. Thank you guys!

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Re: 36 Roster Hack (v1.0) "The Holy Grail"
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2019, 08:27pm »
Wow! Congrats! I've held off playing until something like this happened. I knew you guys would figure this out eventually but this is even better than I'd imagined. I've got so many mods to try out now!

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Re: 36 Roster Hack (v1.0) "The Holy Grail"
« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2019, 11:05pm »
OpenHeroSelect with support for this awesome new 36 Character Mod is now live! You can build up your roster way faster, no need to mess with the xmlb compiler! Get it here: http://marvelmods.com/forum/index.php/topic,10597.0.html

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Re: 36 Roster Hack (v1.0) "The Holy Grail"
« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2019, 11:57pm »
whhhoooOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAHHHH

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Re: 36 Roster Hack (v1.0) "The Holy Grail"
« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2019, 01:15am »
Well done and thank you, for keeping the game playable after all these years.

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Re: 36 Roster Hack (v1.0) "The Holy Grail"
« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2019, 07:13am »
OpenHeroSelect with support for this awesome new 36 Character Mod is now live! You can build up your roster way faster, no need to mess with the xmlb compiler! Get it here: http://marvelmods.com/forum/index.php/topic,10597.0.html

This just gets better and better! This game was already awesome even before modding, but all of you modders have multiplied itís awesomeness exponentially!
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Re: 36 Roster Hack (v1.0) "The Holy Grail"
« Reply #13 on: September 05, 2019, 08:17am »
wow thanks to everyone who made this possible! This is incredible!

(Also I'll go ahead and echo what the others have said, it would be totally cool to see this happen with XML2!)

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Re: 36 Roster Hack (v1.0) "The Holy Grail"
« Reply #14 on: September 05, 2019, 02:10pm »
Time to restart again. Good job everyone that's one of the forum bucket list.