Estranged, the story of a lone fisherman, stranded on a mysterious island during a violent storm. Explore rich environments and meet the curious inhabitants of the island as you find a way back to the mainland.

Report article RSS Feed Estranged Review & Interview

We have recently reviewed the Half Life 2 mod Estranged with a score of 4.5 out of 5. This has now been followed up with Alan Edwards sparing some of his time and answering a couple of questions in an interview with us.

Posted by Setis on Mar 26th, 2014

Estranged - Attention to DetailLike many gamers have already experienced first hand, Estranged delivered on all fronts and proved to be an incredibly well made Half Life 2 mod. The development effort and attention to detail is apparent from the first moment the mod is started, right to the last glance of the closing scenes. Estranged truly deserves the high score it received in our recent review, which you can read in full on the Virtual Dimensions website.

Interview

Alan Edwardes, the lead developer and brain behind Estranged was kind enough to make some time for us to answer some questions about Estranged, the inspiration behind it and the road the team went down to finish developing and releasing the mod.

Quote:Virtual Dimensions: What made you want to create Estranged and what were the key inspirations behind the idea?

Alan Edwardes:
In the beginning there wasn't an overall plan - I wanted to teach myself how to design levels, and the first level I created took a lot of inspiration from the Half-Life: 2 E3 beach. Some of that first level structure is still in the beginning of Estranged: Act I. As I kept adding to the level though, I realised I needed some kind of structure to it, so wrote a bare outline of the story. I added the first character to the game, and from there Estranged was born.

[...]

Virtual Dimensions: What in your opinion was the single biggest challenge to overcome in finishing and releasing Estranged?

Alan Edwardes:
The single biggest challenge for me was learning the toolset in the beginning, and the codebase. Since this was my first ever exposure to C++, it was a very steep learning curve. It has paid off though, and immersing myself in those worlds really paid off in terms of learning.

Estranged - Half Life 2 ModThe full interview and additional in-game media can be found over on the Virtual Dimensions website. Estranged is true testament for the sheer potential that still hides within the Source engine. It is refreshing to see a finished mod with so much passion having gone into its development. We have our fingers crossed for Act 2! In case you haven’t played Estranged yet, don’t miss out and make sure you download it right away.

Post comment Comments
crimson86knight
crimson86knight Mar 27 2014, 7:58pm says:

I played the beta version of this and I found it to be a bit difficult... but it did keep my interest. I will have to give the full version a go now. :)

+1 vote     reply to comment
TheUnbeholden
TheUnbeholden Mar 29 2014, 4:16am replied:

personally I thought it was ridiculously easy.

+3 votes     reply to comment
Post a Comment
click to sign in

You are not logged in, your comment will be anonymous unless you join the community today (totally free - or sign in with your social account on the right) which we encourage all contributors to do.

2000 characters limit; HTML formatting and smileys are not supported - text only

Icon
Half-Life 2 Icon
Platforms
Windows, Mac, Linux
Developed By
AlanEdwardes
Contact
Send Message
Official Page
Iamestranged.com
Release Date
Released Jan 15, 2014
Mod Watch
Track this mod
News
Browse
News
Report Abuse
Report article
Related Mods
Estranged (Half-Life 2)
Estranged Half-Life 2 - Single Player Adventure
Related Games
Half-Life 2
Half-Life 2 Single & Multiplayer First Person Shooter
Related Groups
Virtual Dimensions
Virtual Dimensions Web & Community group with 2 members