There's nothing quite like the rush of running, falling, jumping and crawling your way toward the release switch whilst under fire from rockets, railguns and lasers... then jabbing that switch and releasing all your team mates! Then finally watching as they all come running out of the open doors and beat the other team to death with Laser Cleavers! There's never a dull moment in JB, you're either fighting to stay alive, fighting to release your team mates, or fighting to escape from jail!

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Introducing the second trailer and new gamemode for Jailbreak: Source - Deathball!

Posted by Wills on Jan 14th, 2009

We love listening to our community, and we're always watching what they're up to, so when Nyght, one of our most loyal fans, released a custom map for Jailbreak: Source and claimed that he'd made a whole new gamemode out of it, we paid attention. The whole team got together and had a play, and that evening we decided that Nyght's map, jbo_pong HAD to be adapted into the new gamemode for Jailbreak: Source 0.5.

So, we took his concept, created a whole new map, fiddled with a few things here and there, and today we announce... DEATHBALL! Check out the trailer and pictures below to see what it's all about!

The concept of Deathball is simple, when the ball is in the goal, the enemy jail is locked. So keep the ball in the goal, and kill off the enemy team! If the ball is out of the goal, the enemy can let themselves straight out! And if the ball is in your goal, you best get it out quick, otherwise you're going to very rapidly find yourself on your own, or vapourised!

The best bit is, the more you get killed, the more points you get, as you're always escaping! So by round two, most players have Level 3 perks and everyone's Stealth/Double Jumping all over the pitch!

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Mastix Jan 14 2009 says:

Another amazing trailer!!! =O
The music fits perfectly and it looks intense just like it plays =)

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Dogmeat65 Jan 15 2009 replied:

MOTY awards should have a best trailer section ;)

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PytoX Jan 14 2009 says:

nice stuff made! :)

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CustomCharacter Jan 14 2009 says:

Hah. Pong was a brilliant map. Nice to see it converted into official status. Also, I like the fact that you pick the ball up now, not have to hit it.

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Wills Jan 14 2009 says:

Yeah man! Pong was awesome, it was such a fun map to play and really enforced teamwork, so we knew it was perfect for Jailbreak. As for the picking up the ball thing, we changed to that fairly recently, as we felt it would speed up the game a whole lot and as soon as we changed it, it became insanely fun! Thanks for the comments guys, we can't wait to unleash this on you! Make sure to keep voting too!

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Draken101 Jan 15 2009 replied:


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Wills Jan 15 2009 replied:

lol, ratted out by a beta tester... ok and because the considerable amounts of physics collisions was causing some crashes :D

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AgeNt_ Jan 14 2009 says:

its nice looking in all but what happened to "jailbreak"?

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Wills Jan 14 2009 replied:

It's incorporated into the new mode, the ball itself is now the release button, when you remove it from the goal it unlocks the jail and lets your team mates out :D

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IZaNaGI Jan 14 2009 replied:

Indeed it works almost entirely like the standard Jailbreak maps but with the added dynamic element of the ball, which becomes the key to locking the Jails. There are no escapes other then the reliance of your team to keep the ball out of your own goal.

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NullSoldier Jan 14 2009 says:

You guys deserve nominations for MOTYD for all your hard work. This is genius. Excellent idea!

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laserpanda Jan 14 2009 says:

looks like the gmod hoverball

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Bender411 Jan 14 2009 says:

Awesome guys! Pretty awesome:)

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darknessexzero Jan 14 2009 says:


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Spooboy Jan 14 2009 says:

I'm speechless, death ball sounds fun as hell i cant wait to play it!

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Wills Jan 15 2009 replied:

Hehe! Thanks man, it's rapidly become the beta testers favourite since we began testing... Also I forgot to mention this in the post, but we requested a few months back that people on our forums submit photos of themselves waving their arms in the air like loonies with the promise of appearing in Jailbreak if they did... We had a huge response, and those photographs were then used to make up the crowds all around the stadium :D

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Jayjack7414 Jan 15 2009 says:

Imagine the fun in the mode! Imagine the intensity when you're racing to get the ball out of your goal and racing to get it in the other goal.

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Asskicker Jan 15 2009 says:

Awesome trailer wills, I love it! :)

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Nitram Jan 15 2009 says:

Nice work! Looking forward to the release ;D

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Qu1f Jan 15 2009 says:

Good work guys.

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DuckSauce Jan 15 2009 says:


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Camopig Jan 15 2009 says:

I have to say that changing the combine and rebels to dinosaurs and robots ruined the game for me. I'm sorry I loved the mod but the dinosaurs are corny and the robots do not look like they want to kill you.

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Mastix Jan 15 2009 replied:

Well, atleast you don't give the stupid explanation of "it's not realistic" like the other people who never playd JB did.

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Dogmeat65 Jan 15 2009 replied:

Well, as they say, you can't please all the people all the time.

Sure we could have just thrown in some realistic tactical ops style player models, but where's the fun in reproducing something that's been done a million times?

We're a small mod team with no commitments and as such we're free to (and want to) try out different things to see where they lead.

If people aren't interested in trying something different, then that's fine, popularity as such isn't our main objective (although of course it's nice).

If it were we'd be simply another tactical shooter in the wall.

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Bird_of_Prey Jan 15 2009 says:

New modes for jailbreak? Yes please!

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