Modular Combat is a role-playing shooter based in the Half-Life universe. There are over 50 modules that can be upgraded at any level, in any combination. Modules give combatants amazing abilities such as flying, teleporting, spawning minions, and shooting flechettes or energy balls.

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It’s taken us a bit of deliberation and lots of polling to get to this point, but we’ve decided to load Half-Life 2: Episode Two content into Modular Combat.

Posted by matthewdryden on Jul 11th, 2009

It’s taken us a bit of deliberation and lots of polling to get to this point, but we’ve decided to load Half-Life 2: Episode Two content into Modular Combat. This means that we’ll be able to use the new baddies that were introduced in Episode Two and some of the cool new content.

There are drawbacks, of course.

You, the player, will need to have Episode Two installed to play the game. This fact is the very thing
that has stopped us for so long – but we feel that it’s come to a point where most all of our players own The Orange Box, and already have access to the game. If not, you can buy Half-Life 2: Episode Two for $14.99 USD on Steam.

That being said, we making an effort to let our beloved server hosts have the choice on whether or not they want to disable Episode Two content (our reliance on it being very small at the moment). I can’t really make any final decisions here right now, but I assure you that it will be very easy to disable the new content, if needed.

“How we develop the mod.” #1

Matthew has taken the time to write up a short feature on how the Mod Fidelity team develops Modular Combat. This article is geared towards developers AND casual players. Go hop on over and take the time to read through.

Click here to read the article.

(A bit of a spoiler: we’ve provided a FULL CHANGELIST for the upcoming release near the end of the post!)

Releasing v1.75

I’m afraid that we can’t give you a specific release date yet as we still have a little bit of things to do with the mod – but over the next few weeks, you will definitely be hearing a lot more from us! I’m talking screenshots and movies and all different kinds of media and interviews.

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So stay tuned and, as always, thanks for reading!

The Modular Combat Team

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purplehaze412
purplehaze412 Jul 11 2009, 9:58pm says:

Looking good, Im glad to see all of these new additions, I really am glad to see Ep2 exclusive and Ep2 Exclusive content in modular Combat, Another great step!

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matthewdryden
matthewdryden Jul 12 2009, 12:24pm replied:

Thanks for your support - the development team is actually playing through Episode Two again just to see what kind of stuff we want to put into it. It should be pretty fun.

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Gregar
Gregar Jul 11 2009, 10:06pm says:

so ur taking mc into epsiode two ull be making seprate server right like i suggested

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matthewdryden
matthewdryden Jul 12 2009, 12:25pm replied:

I doubt there will be any official servers that have no Episode Two content, but we will definitely be giving people the option to do this.

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RockerFox
RockerFox Jul 11 2009, 10:53pm says:

nice, cant wait till next update

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matthewdryden
matthewdryden Jul 12 2009, 12:25pm replied:

Can't wait to see you on the servers!

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FedoraMcQuaid
FedoraMcQuaid Jul 11 2009, 11:00pm says:

I'm very happy with this, with Episode 2 you can bring a lot more content in.

I think the majority of people who own HL2 also have Episode 2 (especially if they have Episode 1).

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matthewdryden
matthewdryden Jul 12 2009, 12:26pm replied:

I think so to. I found that most people said something to the effect of, "Well I have Episode Two, but I'm sure there are people who don't."

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Stubby
Stubby Jul 11 2009, 11:01pm buried:

(buried)

if you dont have ep2 gtfo, no one likes you.

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matthewdryden
matthewdryden Jul 12 2009, 12:26pm replied:

Haha, poor Stubby.

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Kyogreex
Kyogreex Jul 11 2009, 11:31pm says:

I wonder how many players will actually have problems with this (would be an interesting statistics for many mods to know what percentage has HL2 but not Episode Two).

I do believe this will prove to be a good move, however, with how much you will benefit from the additional resources.

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matthewdryden
matthewdryden Jul 12 2009, 12:27pm replied:

Thanks. We did carefully weigh all of the options and decided that we could benefit short-term from all of the immediately new and available resources.

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Jesternz08
Jesternz08 Jul 11 2009, 11:33pm says:

Nice work on the ingame menu's, they look very easy to use.

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matthewdryden
matthewdryden Jul 12 2009, 12:28pm replied:

Your right! Andy (FTWinston) did a fantastic job designing these.

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Dra6o0n
Dra6o0n Jul 12 2009, 2:15am says:

It could be easier for those with only EP1 to host their EP1 only servers, like how Obsidian Conflict has a "mount" menu for players to choose which content to activate.

The only thing that is gonna be different is the npcs, props, and textures, as EP2 contains more content from that section.

But maybe MC could have a "Classic" mode, where both EP2 and EP1 players can play in Classic maps that uses generic content from both sdk, thus allowing a generic development for modules, etc.

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matthewdryden
matthewdryden Jul 12 2009, 12:34pm replied:

This could be definitely an option - but it's not something we're considering straight away for Modular Combat. I would rather make all of the content available to the player without them having to do any extra work and leave the "big decision" up to the server admins.

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Potteh
Potteh Jul 12 2009, 2:37am says:

Isn't my type of mod at all, but the gameplay mechanics look great. I can somewhat see the menus being simple and user-friendly which is a bonus. But let's just hope and I quote these "Relentless Fanboys" can actually play it.

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matthewdryden
matthewdryden Jul 12 2009, 12:44pm replied:

Aww, thanks for the compliments. I do hope you try out the mod once we get it up and going - if you want to, you can hit me up on Steam!

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Kaneda13
Kaneda13 Jul 12 2009, 2:51am says:

That concern is a little presumptuous. It'll work regardless.

You see, even if you buy a copy of Half Life 2 or HL2:ep1, you get the Orange Box Sdk free to download. It's under the 'Tools' tab in Steam, you need to downlaod it manually. Valve posted this bit of news in an official Steam forum not too long ago. Everyone who owns those games gets a copy.

You don't even need to own HL2:ep2. The SDK is all you need.

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Relto
Relto Jul 12 2009, 3:07am replied:

You would be right if they were just using engine bits. But they're mounting actual content from Episode 2.

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matthewdryden
matthewdryden Jul 12 2009, 12:45pm replied:

The reason why we're mounting Episode Two is purely for the assets that will become available to us when we do it. Because one area we sorely lack in is the assets, having all this new content available to us is going to be a great boon.

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roarkethe
roarkethe Jul 12 2009, 6:00am says:

So whe are forced now to buy games...

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Minuit
Minuit Jul 12 2009, 8:44am replied:

Uh no, you're not "forced". You don't HAVE to play the mod.

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Fiestainabox
Fiestainabox Jul 12 2009, 12:10pm replied:

It's $14.99 on steam, the orange box is $29.99, it's not like your not going to be able to feed your family for two weeks if you buy either of them, and really, The Orange Box at 60 dollars is the greatest deal in video gaming ever, $29.99 is epic.

Or you could just do what Minuit said and not play it, but proceed with whining on various forums about how much that sucks.

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matthewdryden
matthewdryden Jul 12 2009, 1:17pm replied:

I do agree that this is going to be a drag for some of you. I'm going to try to come up with an idea to make the transition a little easier for some people.

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freredarme
freredarme Jul 12 2009, 6:22am says:

Not good.. please use source sdk base orange.

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matthewdryden
matthewdryden Jul 12 2009, 4:03pm replied:

I'm sorry you feel this way - but we weighed all the benefits and have decided that it's in our best interest to use the Episode 2 assets. I hope that you're able to pick up and install the game and come join us!

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Soulseker
Soulseker Jul 12 2009, 6:49am says:

no ep2 here, so, ftl ;)

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Doom-Hazmat
Doom-Hazmat Jul 12 2009, 10:26pm replied:

Sorry, If you can, just save for Ep. 2. We(The team) are trying to be clear that the mod wouldn't go much farther without it.

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Strange_guy
Strange_guy Jul 12 2009, 9:13am says:

I don't have ep2 :(.I guess I'll have to think about getting it now 2 mods I like the look of require it.

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Dec1234
Dec1234 Jul 12 2009, 9:31am says:

I think its awesome to include new content from EP:2. I dont see why anyone would not have it, the majority of people i have spoken to have got the Orange Box package and something. The price of EP:2 has gone way down and the game itself is really good. I don't see why people dont just save up a little while and get it.

Awesome work MC team!

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Doom-Hazmat
Doom-Hazmat Jul 12 2009, 10:25pm replied:

Dec the almighty commented our little ol' mod? Nice. Haha, Thanks for the support!

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LORDDEREX
LORDDEREX Jul 12 2009, 11:56am says:

Games all true modders should have: Half-Life 1, Half-Life 2 + Ep1 and Ep2.

HL1 the big boost for mods.
Hl2 because of Source
Ep1 Source improvments + addons
Ep2 same as Ep1

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SkyJack3R
SkyJack3R Jul 12 2009, 12:14pm says:

Very Nice updates!
Great Work!

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