Inspired by the various attempts to tackle this omnipresent problem of having old World of Tanks replays floating around and no client able to play them I found myself driven to make my own attempt to create a workaround.
I've been previously involved in the development of quite a couple of community made tools intended to make one's everyday gamer life a little bit easier. I've been working on this for a while now and the point where I am going to need support from other gamers to provide intel and feedback is closing in.
Alpha 5 is now available! Supported WoT-Replay versions: 0.7.2 - 0.8.8. Get it now
- Download the package: wotrep.zip
- Extract it into an empty folder (eg. C:\games\WotReplayCompanion)
- Run update.exe to make it download the rest
- Select any replay you want to watch
- The Replay Companion automatically sets up the appropriate player instance (takes a little while but only happens once for every WoT-version)
- Click 'play' to launch the selected replay
- Launch wotrep_ui.exe
- Select any replay you want to watch
- The Replay Companion will automatically detect the WoT-version that was used to record that replay
- If an instance for the replay's version was already set up the replay will be launched instantly
If not the instance will be created now - this takes a little while - and you can launch the replay afterwards by clicking on the 'play'-button
2013-09-29: Alpha 5
- added support for WoT versions 0.8.6-0.8.8
- fixed an issue where double clicking a replay could leave you stuck at the login-screen
- added support for WoT version 0.8.5
- fixed support for WoT versions 0.7.5-0.7.2 - downgrades are now applied correctly
- added support for WoT versions 0.7.5-0.7.2
- decreased size of new instances and downgrade patches a little bit
- initial release
The Replay Companion is a tool that is meant to become your favorite WoT-replay player or at least your second choice after your actual game client you use to record those memorable moments.
It will come with a almost full copy of the most recent game version and will download and apply downgrade-patches to older versions for it when you ask it to play older replays.
So far no big magic involved so what's the big deal?
First off I am going to gather some more intel on what files really need to be downgraded to reduce the size of the downgrade patches. (wip)
Secondly I am going to make the tool aware of the pkg-format used in the recent versions of WoT so it operates on their actual contents instead of treating them as the heavy files they are. This provides the opportunity to be far more selective on what contents of those files got changed and need to be downgraded and what contents are just noise that accidentally changed during updates or is irrelevant for replay playback. Due to the reason that the tool is disconnected from the official patcher/launcher there is no need to stay compatible on a binary level here.
Last but not least this tool is meant to detect the WoT version that was used to record that replay and automatically take all necessary measures to make it play, thus taking that hassle from you. (done)
Upon release the Replay Companion will still be far from finished and great improvements will be observable over time as it slowly matures.
Also there are other neat features that I've been wondering if they'd make sense...
Maybe implementing some sort of replay-library UI where replays can be sorted and searched by the battle details similar to what current replay-library websites currently offer. Maybe even some level of integration with such sites for automatic replay upload/download/playback and maybe (this one is marked with a particularly large *maybe*) some automation for launching a replay and recording a video file ready for upload.
Edited by DaDummy, 29 September 2013 - 06:30 AM.