There are 2 (technically 3) paths towards the saferoom once you get to the main gorge area.
Path #1- The long path- comes correct with 4/5 chance spawn of a 2nd pistol and if you’re lucky some pills. It’s also the scenic route with a little scripted sequence for you to enjoy.. if you’re not too busy fighting zombies when it happens. This is the path as a designer I am crafting to encourage players to use most often.
Path #2- The short cut - I have provided a shortcut but I want it only to be taken if the survivors are feeling pro. So the entrance to the path is slightly hidden, there is no 2nd pistol or med spawns along this route, and it is the most dangerous path to the saferoom. How? Take it if you feel lucky.
Path #3 – Ravine (unofficial) - This was never intended to be an actual path to the saferoom but it can be taken. Basically if you or a teammate gets pulled/falls into the ravine the only way out is wade through the water to the other side of the canyon area. Until then you are basically at the mercy of the infected. Once you get out you might have to backtrack if you want to get that second pistol.
Now, for the release date? As soon as I learn to properly optimize my map. The compile time is taking over 20 hours and it should not take longer than 2. Hopefully this weekend it will officially go from alpha to public beta.