After installing Conan from the DVDs, seeing a rather long download time for the first patch, I decided to go take a quick look at the install folder. A little file called “CheckOutTime.txt” seemed to indicate the gold was printed from a beta release. Fair enough, they went with a “ship that, it works, we’ll patch on day 1”.
I nosed through a few other files, found numerous validation/parsing errors in various XML files (before and after patching), e.g. “<powerrating>10</powerrrating>“.
And then there’s the “prog” folder with its “.inc”, “.vsh” and “.psh” files; the source code for all their vertex and pixel shaders. And I do mean human-readable source code.
Erm, someone say “Whoops”?