TRON 2.0 – A new revival of TRON with the Killer App Mod

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Tron 2.0 is a first-person shooter computer game developed by Monolith Productions. According to Tron creator Steven Lisberger, Tron 2.0 was the official sequel to the 1982 film Tron, but was later declared non-canon by Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski. The PC version of the game was released by Buena Vista Games on August 26, 2003. The Mac version was released by MacPlay on April 21, 2004.

For many users, myself too, addicted by the the original movie and this brand new world (to be inside a computer is a dream for any truly computer-addicted user and programmers), this game is a gem, because of the concept and for the plot linked to so many real computer components (CPU, network, memory availability, portable devices like PDAs, etc.).

TRON 2.0 - A new revival of TRON with the Killer App Mod

The TRON 2.0 Killer App Mod is a fan-made mod for the PC game TRON 2.0, released by Buena Vista Interactive (now known as Disney Interactive Studios) and Monolith Productions. (The Killer App Mod will not work on the Mac OSX version of TRON 2.0, or the PC demo version.) The mod was created by members of the Living Dead System Operators team and other invited members from the fan community. Headed by TronFAQ, the mod will include contributions from many individuals including Zook_One, Kain-Xavier, 9VoltChicken, Jademz, Raven, win3k, Mor.Evil-1 and Load"*",8,1.

TRON 2.0 - A new revival of TRON with the Killer App Mod

The first version 1.0 of the mod was released March 22nd, 2008 but was withdrawn shortly thereafter for various reasons. It was decided to work on an improved version of the mod for another release. The improved version 1.1 mod was released April 16th, 2010. It is being treated as an Open Beta, due to the enormous number of changes made, and the need for testing by a wide audience to catch any unexpected problems that may have been introduced. At least one more version with additional improvements and possible fixes is planned to follow at a later time.

The actual (October 2014) version of the TRON 2.0 Killer App Mod is 1.1a, which integrates this game on Steam platform and fix the Multiplayer game mode (yes, there's a multiplayer mode in TRON 2.0 and it's working on LDSO's dedicated servers).

The plot of TRON 2.0

The story is centered around Alan's son Jethro ("Jet") Bradley. Since the film's events, ENCOM has been taken over by a company called Future Control Industries (fCon). After talking with his father who is kidnapped while on the phone with Jet, Jet is digitized by Ma3a, Alan's AI computer system, to aid her against Thorne, an executive from fCon improperly digitized into the computer who is now a virus throughout the system. Jet is mistakenly identified as the source of the corruption and captured by Kernel, the systems security control program.

After deciding that Jet is corrupted, Kernel spares Jet on the recommendation of Mercury, another program tasked to help Ma3a, and Jet is sent to the lightcycles game program. After winning several matches, Jet escapes the match with Mercury's help. After they find Ma3a, the server, corrupted beyond saving, is reformatted resulting in Mercury's demise. Jet escapes to the Internet with Ma3a and an uncompiled copy of Tron Legacy, an update of the original 'Tron' program written by Alan Bradley to protect Ma3a. After finding a compiling program on the Internet, Thorne appears to kill Ma3a while the Tron code is compiled and attached to her program. During this, Jet receives a communication from Guest, the User who had assigned Mercury to help Jet.

Accessing a video uplink, Jet realizes too late that Guest is his father Alan, locked in a storage closet by fCon's officers Baza, Popoff and Crowne, begging him not to compile the Legacy program. Legacy activates, revealing that its sole function is to kill any User in the digital world. Jet escapes, and fCon inadvertently saves him by capturing Ma3a in a search program.

Having recovered the correction algorithms necessary to digitize a human, Alan is sent to Thorne's corrupted server. Assisting the ICPs and Kernel, Jet reaches Thorne at the heart of the server and kills Kernel before he can destroy Thorne. Thorne, regaining a moment of lucidity, begs for forgiveness and tells Jet how to enter fCon's server.

Alan and Jet break into fCon's server, which the corporation is planning to use to distribute Datawraiths - digitized human hackers - across the worldwide information network. After Alan and Jet crash the server, the CEO of fCon (possibly Dillinger of the original film, though this is never confirmed) orders Baza, Popoff, and Crowne into the system themselves.

Alan, wanting to verify the purity of the correction algorithms, removes them to inspect them as the three are digitized, resulting in a monstrous amalgam of the three, which chases Jet into the digitizing beam; whereupon Jet diverts the three out of the beam and escapes the computer.

The original video

The following is the original intro of the game. It's well structured and the music theme is awesome (as it could be for any TRON addicted user :-) ).

Where to download

The Killer App Mod of TRON 2.0 can be downloaded from the following URL: