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2 comments 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.


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.

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Estranged: Act I (Windows, Mac and Linux)

Estranged: Act I (Windows, Mac and Linux)

Feb 15, 2014 Full Version 8 comments

The final version of Estranged: Act I, the same as the version on Steam. Requires the Source SDK Base 2013 Singleplayer to play.

Estranged: Act I (Beta for Linux)

Estranged: Act I (Beta for Linux)

Sep 18, 2013 Full Version 7 comments

8 months after Alpha 5, the next Estranged release, Act 1 (beta) is here.

Estranged: Act I (Beta for Windows)

Estranged: Act I (Beta for Windows)

Sep 18, 2013 Full Version 37 comments

8 months after Alpha 5, the next Estranged release, Act 1 (beta) is here.

Estranged Alpha #5

Estranged Alpha #5

Jan 6, 2013 Full Version 23 comments

Quite a lot of things have changed since Alpha #4. New things have been added and existing things have been improved. We've done quite a lot of fixing...

Estranged Alpha #4

Estranged Alpha #4

Aug 24, 2012 Full Version 9 comments

Estranged Alpha #4 - much more content - maps, new dialouge, gameplay changes. Update 26/08/12: I just updated this file to fix some big issues. Namely...

Estranged Alpha #3

Estranged Alpha #3

Apr 11, 2012 Full Version 13 comments

The third release of my mod Estranged, formerly known as Splooshe. This version fixes a lot of issues in the last version, and extends some of the areas...

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NECROmods Sep 2 2013, 11:27am says:

please make full version! :D

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AlanEdwardes Sep 2 2013, 9:49pm replied:

Our next instalment is a few weeks away. While it's not finished, it does have a LOT of new content for you to enjoy :)

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xtmgmr Sep 4 2013, 10:25am replied:

Sweet so that means like around the end of the month we can enjoy more!

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RYANSUPERGENIUS1123 Aug 31 2013, 9:54pm says:

Approximately when will there be a sequel to this awesome mod? This was awesome!!

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hay_Deeds Aug 27 2013, 5:18am says:

in were you get to the train depo i cant flip on the power. am i missing somthing here?

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AlanEdwardes Aug 27 2013, 5:58am replied:

Try looking around for some way to fix it. Have a good look at the lever panel- is there anything missing?

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thedoctorwho10 Aug 24 2013, 2:41pm says:

I like how you guys still reply to comments unlike other games and mods

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AniCator Aug 25 2013, 8:39am replied:

hello there... ;)

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superbadmustang Aug 27 2013, 1:30am replied:

you grab a cement block on your left and throw it through the already cracked glass window and
jump through! Then you jump into sewers and run to your right. You have to be quick before he enters back into the room!!

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AlanEdwardes Aug 11 2013, 5:36am replied:

try looking around the area a little for objects you could use to escape. the door is locked, true.

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Highest Rated (9 agree) 10/10

This was an awesome mod. A few minor things like a crowbar on the ceiling, but i guess thats me not liking a slight challenge, i just spend like 20 mins chucking the rocks at the boards, enjoying the story so far and cant wait till a more complete story comes to light.

Keep up the good work and cant wait for the new weapons coming.

P.S. Im loving them Custom Barrels!

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