Around November, 2004, several students got together to brainstorm a concept for a total conversion of Valve's Half-Life 2 . After several days of brainstorming, the concept for Eclipse was born. In January of 2005, a group of Guildhall students composed of programmers, artists, and level designers were put together and formed what is now CelTech Studios. It was then that CelTech Studios made the commitment to produce the highest quality game possible in the short amount of time they had - five months. What emerged in late May was a game that is both stunningly beautiful and addictive to play.

Eclipse is a third-person total conversion of Valve's Half-Life 2 . It is an action adventure that features tactical, puzzle based combat, which forces the player to interact with the surrounding environment in order to survive. You play as a young Sorceress named Violet who has learned the secrets of Telekinesis. This allows Violet to easily find objects in the environment that she can pick up and throw. Once the player gets used to picking up objects and throwing them at targets, the movement of Violet becomes very important. Based on where an enemy is Violet might want to pick up one or more objects and then move about in order to get a good angle on her enemy before sending the objects flying in that direction.

As you journey through the different lands of Eclipse , you will uncover many secrets that will help you in defeating your enemies. You will also be able to unlock new abilities that Violet can use, such as Hellstorm - a powerful spell that allows Violet to summon up to three fiery orbs that explode upon impact and deal significant damage to nearby enemies.

Use Violet's power of Telekinesis to help protect you as you journey over distant lands in search of the ancient teleportation device near the Standing Stones. Battle your way through hordes of orc-like creatures known as Keepers as you make your way through the enchanted Blackmoor forest. Find Violet's ancestral burial grounds in the Barrow and unlock dark secrets that will aid you in your final stand at the Standing Stones.

After finishing the game you can unlock the Survival Mode mini-game. This allows you to test your skills with Hellstorm as you battle against wave after wave of enemies. Compare your stats with friends to see who really has what it takes to survive the Standing Stones - Survival Mode.

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In hindsight, this article should have been written sooner. Years sooner, that is. Better now to write this and get this out of the way. This is a look back from one of the individuals who worked on Eclipse. A little bit of history and story which will explain and answer some of the most pressing questions which are repeated in comments on the game.

Six years ago, a group of three level designers sat down and hashed out the concept for a dark gothic fantasy game. This concept would be proposed to the second Guildhall Cohort as a whole and would be selected with a multiplayer concept. One of the stated as requirements for this project going in was the game would be in third person. All of the previous projects had been first person only. Another requirement was that these two games would utilize the Source engine. Half-Life 2 had just been released. Six Month later Valve would announce that Gabe would be speaking at graduation at the Guildhall. And "Oh by the way", there were links that showed off the two projects that had been in development. This is how the world came to know the existence of Eclipse. Two weeks later, the game would b e released. The Guildhall web server would crash under the weight of the world yelling "must want now!" This was the show of games at the Guildhall. This would be a day before this cohort of students would would graduate from the Guildhall. It would be the last day on which as a group would any work on Eclipse be done. Indeed, a few of us would take up a few fixes here or there. These were drop in the buckets of what had come before. When the show of games came, Eclipse was finished.

Over the past five plus years, you have showered us with accolades. Some of which I can only understand what is being said by the use of bablefish. We are ultimately grateful for it. Your acclaim has put halos on our heads and launched our careers. We work for major studios. We've worked on major titles. Somehow along the way through this fallout of controlled chaos, we started up some new studios and created new games which you love to eat up. And this is why Eclipse has not been updated in years and why Eclipse will never be updated ever again. For the "Never say Never" diehards in the boarder lands, I am sorry to disappoint you. We have all moved on.

Till after all of that, two facts is still true today:
1) There's a secret journal page hidden in the crypt where the Hellstorm ability is obtained.
2) Our pumpkin models are still better than the ones found in Episode two!

Eclipse 1.5 Hotfix Released

Eclipse 1.5 Hotfix Released

9 years ago News 0 comments

A hotfix has just been released for Eclipse. This hotfix corrects some critical crash bugs due to changes to the SDK since the Mod's release. The hotfix...

Eclipse Running on a Geforce2

Eclipse Running on a Geforce2

10 years ago News 5 comments

For those who couldn't run Eclipse, hope is in sight. Celtech Studios just posted 8 Images of Eclipse Running on a Geforce 2. The team is testing this...

Eclipse 1.01 Released

Eclipse 1.01 Released

10 years ago News 1 comment

Celtech Studios has released a fix for Eclipse. In our download section there is an update patch to bring 1.0 to 1.01. For new users there is a full install...

Eclipse Interview

Eclipse Interview

10 years ago News 6 comments

Kat Hunter of GameTrailers TV had the opportunity to interview with Gregory "Grash" Walek about Eclipse at the 2005 Cyberathlete Pro League...

Eclipse is an action adventure that features tactical, puzzle based combat, which forces the player to interact with the surrounding environment in order to survive. You play as a young Sorceress named Violet who has learned the secrets of Telekinesis.
Eclipse 1.02 updated

Eclipse 1.02 updated

3 years ago Full Version 2 comments

The newer, 1.02 version of Eclipse, updated to run on Source SDK Base 2006.

Eclipse - In Game Action by netrex

Eclipse - In Game Action by netrex

9 years ago Movies 0 comments

This is a 6 min long video in 720p (1280x720) to show how beautiful whis mod is and to show a little of its gameplay. There are two more mirrors if you...

Eclipse 1.01

Eclipse 1.01

9 years ago Full Version 13 comments

The files required to install and play this 3rd person single player puzzle shooter rpg mod for HL2.

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Bjorneo Mar 14 2006 says:

my opinion:

the gameplay and detail of this mod was great, and now you got that hard bit done, all ya have to do is spend a lil time making more levels, and ppl will keep on lapping it up.

is there going to be a follow up?

new powers?

the jumping was a little buggy looking

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TheMasu Jun 28 2006 says:

nice graphics!

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Gem Mar 3 2006 says:

Its so new, however the weapon kinda sucked.

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LeeRoy Feb 16 2006 says:

Kind of dissappointed with how easy it was to die. Also how hard it was to kill those orc things in the beginning. Too much running from stuff for me. Try it and tell me if you liked it.

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rtpHarry Feb 16 2006 says:

Its a shame its so short as this game is very impressive. The level design is really good, im not a fan of 3rd person games or medieval themes, but they pulled it off for this mod.

Understandable as to why the mod is so short, because it was a uni project, and from looking on the forums it seems that they are looking to get together a community map project so you should check it out if you really want to see more maps in the game! There have been plenty of posts this year on the forum so the project isnt dead or anything.

Bugwise I didnt really spot anything major, except they should have turned on backface culling with the player character because when you back her up into a corner the camera zooms inside her skull and you can see the inside of her face... although this isnt so bad because its the closest you can get to a proper look at her :)

A toggle for 3rd person mode would have been nice so i could have really gotten in there and examined the level design more closely.

Just out of curiousity if any of the creators are reading this was there originally supposed to be something on the other side of the broken bridge at the start or was it always planned like that. Oh and can you actually open the gate with the massive axe in ? I just boshed the wall down next to it in the end :P

Actually I do have two more bugs, both at the cottage with the tip in for killing the fairies. 1) I blasted the furniture around in there before reading the book and knocked the table flying but the book stayed floating (ok you could say its a magic book... :P) and if you face the cottage from the outside, and go down the left hand side, looking right over into the distance you can see some kind of z-buffer display glitch where a bit of mountain that should be hidden is visible over the top of another bit of mountain!

Thats it, A++ mod for the quality, and also for the tidbit that source engine will work on older gf cards ok... I thought my dads computer was too slow for it but now i will wow him with hl2 :) Inabit!

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putte.b Feb 4 2006 says:

omfg what a piece of ****,,,cant belive that ppl are making this crap,talk about destroying hl2

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emergency56 Jan 31 2006 says:

this was something new... and i liked it :o

i hope to see another mod from the makers, but longer ;)

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zombieOnion Jan 28 2006 says:

have i told you how much i love you?

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Metal_Mavrik Jan 20 2006 says:

I always did wish there was more to the mod...A team should get together and make a bigger version of this using all the stuff...that would be cool.

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mrwynd Jan 16 2006 says:

This is a great mod. I wish there was more to it, but it was high quality and free!

hint: I figured out after a while that you have to power up what you levitate by holding down the mouse!

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