Reactive Drop is a completely free mod for Alien Swarm. Aims to have Player versus Player (PvP) game modes, enhance co-op part and add new content and features into original game without changing its concept. To see what's done and what's in progress please see the News section
Brief Feature List which are already Done
- Game modes: Deathmatch, Instagib, Gun game, Team Deathmatch
- 8 deathmatch maps
- 32 player support
- Weapon enhancements for PvP game modes
Watch an early stage Deathmatch trailer:
The mod is not yet released to public. It's currently under development and only beta testers have access to it. The public release will hopefully be soon, after key game modes are implemented and tested.
You need a free copy of Alien Swarm installed in order to play Reactive Drop.
Team Deathmatch has Arrived
After a long coding, feature implementing and bug fixing the Team Deathmatch game mode is delivered. Currently it can be enabled\disabled on any DM map using console commands:
Or using keyboard keys "0" and "9" respectively, see cfg/deathmatch.cfg for details.
A new console command cl_select_loadout was added and bound to "m" key. It is used to select a marine and weapons for PvP game modes.
HUD and Loadout panel now show only team members.
The implementation of this game mode opens doors for new different team oriented game modes, like team elimination, capture the flag etc. It will probably be possible to allow mappers to create their own custom team vs team oriented scenarios. Something like "one team have to destroy one of 2 objects on a map, other team must stop them", or "one team needs to download critical data from one of 5 computers on a map and escape, other team must prevent this" etc.
General New Features
rd_deathmatch_loadout_allowed console variable controls whether the loadout is allowed for Deathmatch.
Added ladders support.
Added these flags for all alien NPCs, they can be set up using Hammer editor: flammable, teslable, freezable, extrahealth, sizescale, speedscale. These flags will allow mappers to significantly customize gameplay on their maps by creating stronger and faster aliens. It will be possible to create Bosses which will have a lot of HP and will be hard/uncommon to kill. There are plans of implementing a survival game mode, similar to DOW2 The Last Standalone, where marines have unlimited ammo and rechargeable extra items, they can revive the fallen squad mates...
The next step will be a round based team oriented game mode and a new map for this game mode.
This update has been upload to Desura and is currently waiting for approval.