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Kpt. Lehmann 08-30-2009 03:35 PM

Journey's End for The Grey Wolves Mod Team
My friends,

(This is going to hurt.)

Apologies for making a new thread for this post... but I think you'll understand after you've read it.

After days of agonizing over the GWX-related discussion/tasks at hand for this weekend... it is clear to me that there is really only one choice left to us.

In the light of Ubisoft's SH5 preview announcement and impending release... and given the now-reduced manpower available to the GWX dev team...

...we are clearly no longer capable of executing our mission to develop GWX4. Even if we were able to do so, many of the objectives we intended to execute, (as stated on our website and elsewhere) would likely be mirrored only a short time later with the release of SH5... rendering our work obsolete. Just as we've done our dead-level-best to impliment things most sought after by the community... it is clear that the Silent Hunter Devs have been listening to you. This is a good thing guys. It is rather logical that parallel courses were eventually steered into in many ways...

Try not to be angry at us when considering all the things we 'could have done'... or 'should have done' during the development of GWX. Please understand that many of the good people of the GWX dev team have given the final measure of all they could given the circumstances presented by familial obligations, faltering relationships at home, the failed economy, loss of jobs, the demands of school, increased workloads placed on our numbers by employers that sign our real life paychecks, ... and the limitations of simply being human. The stresses of developing GWX have always been very real, and often very painful... in addition to all the things spoken of above.

The only thing that could ever really harm us... REAL LIFE... has made the decision for us. Admitting it... is simply miserable. However, sometime in the night while we were sleeping, we passed the point of no return. Though just a few weeks ago, it seemed we could still get the job done, the engine has stopped because Real Life is demanding its payment.

I hope you'll allow us to end our voyage with our honor intact. I think that we all knew that the hardest part of our journey... would be that someday we would have to end that journey.

Without a doubt, we can sit as I've done the last few days... and rethink our choices a million times over... but the writing really is on the wall.

This project has become a part of who we are... and for that reason, letting go is heart-breaking. In so many ways, this has become SO MUCH MORE than "just a game." This project has been about PEOPLE... and TEAMWORK... and the WILLPOWER to build SOMETHING out of NOTHING... and about being SUCCESSFUL in the face of adversity.

In the end, we must thank our enemies too... as they helped drive our team to succeed.

Most importantly though, our project has come to represent a global friendship... and PROOF that a few good and determined people can change their surroundings for the better.

We have stood on top of the world... and the view was breathtaking... but no one can stay there for long, and no-one can march forever. The air is very thin there... and if you stay... a storm will take you.

Going forward...

Effective immediately, we are retiring the GWX4 project and I am releasing the GWX team from all actual or implied developmental responsibilities.

We do reserve the right to hold the titles "The Grey Wolves Project" and/or "GWX" for future consideration... (I think that after all this time we've earned the rights to our own name.) Myself and Jimbuna will continue to oversee GWX interests that remain (detail management following the closure of the project) but without any expectation or obligation to start again with Silent Hunter V at some date in the future.

I also humbly ask that you in the community will lend your morale support to the above requests.

Here and now, the idea of re-assembling the team for SH5 when the time comes, just doesn't seem to be a viable concept... The people on our team are very tired and from what I understand of SH5, it is to be built on a totally new engine... and its files may subsequently be completely alien to us.

All we can really do is speculate concerning how the release and possible patching of SH5 will go anyway.

The coming days will be very difficult for us... and I personally feel a great deal of hurt for those on the GWX dev team who have poured so much work into all things GWX4 over the last few months... and am absolutely gutted for those of you who have followed our work and encouraged us again and again over the years.

This weekend we take the train 'home to Berlin'... knowing we gave it all we had... For all our faults and shortcomings we hold the simple hope that the paw-prints we leave behind, and the marks we made on the history of the submarine simulation genre... are in the end, viewed as 'well done.'

Its time to end this letter now, and tend to the details of our demobilization... and its getting hard to see anyway...

... and so I'll save my last words for The Grey Wolves dev and crew...

With hand on a heavy heart...




Jimbuna 08-30-2009 03:38 PM


bert8for3 08-30-2009 03:52 PM

Thanks for everything you've done through various iterations of GWX, and best wishes to you all for the future (and who knows?) :salute:

Sledgehammer427 08-30-2009 03:55 PM

Thank you, for everything you guys have done. It is too bad you guys couldn't pull through and complete GWX4, but your reasons are well founded and understood. You have left a lasting impression on what it means to play a game in the Silent Hunter franchise. You can't go very far without seeing GWX on any forum or sub-fora in this community. Thank you for giving new life to Silent Hunter 3. Without GWX, SHIII would be nothing but a speck in my registry, a game I do not play.
As if I can't say it enough, Thanks again and good luck with whatever else is in store for you guys!

EgoApocalypse 08-30-2009 03:55 PM

Best wishes in the future.

Bosje 08-30-2009 03:57 PM

sad though it makes me, I read, understood and appreciated that letter.

My hat is off to the GWX team for everything you did

best wishes,


jaxa 08-30-2009 03:59 PM

Thanks for all GWX Team, especially for GWX 3 Gold, I hope you will return after SH5 release - I'm sure your work will be necessary for making the perfect Uboot simulator based on SH5.
Salute Kameraden!

Kpt. Lehmann 08-30-2009 04:01 PM

Thanks for the kind words guys. Its only fair that you deserved an explaination and hopefully a bit of closure.

Syxx_Killer 08-30-2009 04:02 PM

Thanks for all the hard work you guys have done! You have totally defined SH3. I wish you all the best of luck in whatever ventures you find yourselves. Fair winds and following seas! :salute:

Task Force 08-30-2009 04:04 PM

well... thanks for GWX3.:up:

guess I have no reason to really keep sh4 around...

hope someone does something similar to SH5...

FIREWALL 08-30-2009 04:05 PM

I want to thank all the past and present GWX Team for all your hard work.

You guys and gal took an unpolished game and turned it into a real Sub Simulation.

SH5 has it's work cut out for it. GWX 3.0 stays on my rig permanately.

To GWX Team I salute you. :salute: GWX RULES :yeah:

Captain Birdseye 08-30-2009 04:18 PM

Thank you GWX, you have mad my minutes of enjoyment into hours and days.


Randomizer 08-30-2009 04:18 PM

To the GWX Team, Thank You for your time, your talent, your insights and everything else. Enjoy a well deserved stand easy.

Good Shooting

mookiemookie 08-30-2009 04:19 PM

Thank you guys for all you've done!

Dimitrius07 08-30-2009 04:24 PM

Thank you kpt.Lehmann and your team for a hard work. No matter what your plan in future will be, i wish you all the best. SALUTE :salute::03:

sunvalleyslim 08-30-2009 04:48 PM

Too much joy has come from GWX to ever have an angry thought about your and your team. We have enjoyed each and every change that has come about in GWX. You and your team have given so much to us the fans, that there seems a lack of proper appreciation we can give back. A mere Thank You just doesn't sound like enough.....We all wish you the Best in the Future in whatever you decide to do. Just remember you will not be forgotten....:salute::salute::salute:

Laufen zum Ziel 08-30-2009 04:53 PM

D.I.D. Tribute
Your team was the best. You have, and will continue to give me many hours of enjoyment.

You have taken SHII from a simulation and made it "Our Game". Please do not lose your skills and abitity to do this.

I will miss you and your surprises.

Hitman 08-30-2009 04:55 PM

Thank you for all you have done for the community. SALUTE :salute:

My consolation is that you guys will stay around here and be one of the most powerful assets with your experience and advice for the new generation of modders that will some day appear with SH5. People whose names we don't even know right now will appear sooner or later and take over, but unlike others before, they will not start with empty hands. They will have the GWX team as inspiration and example to follow, and hopefully your encouragement and expert advice. :up:

Kpt. Lehmann 08-30-2009 05:19 PM


Originally Posted by Hitman (Post 1162216)
Thank you for all you have done for the community. SALUTE :salute:

My consolation is that you guys will stay around here and be one of the most powerful assets with your experience and advice for the new generation of modders that will some day appear with SH5. People whose names we don't even know right now will appear sooner or later and take over, but unlike others before, they will not start with empty hands. They will have the GWX team as inspiration and example to follow, and hopefully your encouragement and expert advice. :up:

We'll be happy do do what we can. Unfortunately it will be with a greatly reduced availability and capacity. A lot of our guys feel more than a little guilt about not being able to go farther. I'm just hoping that they can lay that feeling aside, enjoy being free of expectation and can simply enjoy themselves doing whatever feels good.

Hopefully too, the community here will aim their support to the Silent Hunter Devs for the SH5 project (we are ALL LUCKY to have them) ... and for those such as Lurker_HLB3 who continue to mod SH4... regardless of Atlantic/Pacific preferred theater. Lurker might have the personality of a fence-post... but he does good work.

(Cheers Lurker.;) All the best wishes.)

polyfiller 08-30-2009 05:25 PM

Snifff ...wips away a tear.... GWX > probably the best mod team for any game anyone has seen to date, lead by probably the most composed and level headed mod leader ever.

Thank you for everything (and not jus the GWX versions) ... thank you for your spirit & inspiration. I am sure your work will be motivating modders for years to come.

I really hope SH5 supplies most fo what we are all looking for and hope that the GWX team are not so burned out by their modding work that they are able to enjoy it when it's released)..... that way if it's good, they'll get some well eaned enjoyment .... and if it's not ...... No I am not going to go there ;)

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