Synergy is a Half-Life 2 co-opertive multiplayer modification. We have evolved from multiple mods (DC Co-op 2, Dev Co-op and Tim-Coop) to offer you the greatest co-op experience. This modification strives to give Half-Life players a true Half-Life 2 cooperative experience. The mod features our own levels and the ability to play the Half-Life 2, Episode One and Episode Two campaigns co-operatively. In addition, you can add more content by installing third-party mods, such as ROCK 24 and MINERVA: Metastasis, then playing them in Synergy!

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Mods are finally getting invited onto Valve's digital distribution platform.

Posted by stenchy on Aug 11th, 2008

Half-Life 2 mod Synergy has reported, in a now edited post, that it will be one of four mods to receive support and access to Steamworks.

Synergy wrote:I would also like to inform you that we will be releasing Synergy and future updates through Steam! Valve Software has allowed us to do so by giving us access to the Steamworks SDK. We are honored to be one of the four first selected mods to be given this opportunity. We will certainly put this to good use!

For you players, this means that you will see Achievements and Stats coming to Synergy in later updates. (Not to mention the automatic updates, provided by Steam.)

Steamworks, for those living under a rock, is a service that Valve first offered to commercial games to be used in conjunction with their digital distribution platform, Steam. No-charge bandwidth for distribution, automatic updating and achievements are just a few of the features Steamworks touts - all for free. Now, it seems that Valve is devoting some resources to help certain Source mods get up to speed and use the power of Steam. One user did some digging around and found possible links to four other mods that could be implementing Steamworks in the future. The files pointed to the following mods:

While this is all currently just speculation, Zombie Panic! Source was very cryptic on the last episode of the Modcast about future updates. Sources close to the Age of Chivalry development team have also reported that a Steamworks release is close at hand. So does this mean a future of all Source mods on Steam? This Steamworks mod info page explains:

Valve wrote:It is appropriate for use in broad release commercial games, but we don't think it and our support infrastructure is ready for Mods or games likely to have a very small install base or just starting out with growing their user base. It's a bit of a judgment call on our part that we have to make but past history can give you some examples of Mods and games that have reached an audience size that we think can best leverage the Steamworks features (e.g. Day of Defeat, Counter-Strike, Garry's Mod).

Most of the tools and functionality included in Steamworks is intended to support games by including ancillary functions like cheat detection and DRM. Obviously, those things won't help you build a great game in the first place -- Steamworks is not intended as a game creation platform.

In other words, Steamworks doesn't make a good mod — it makes good mods better.

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Gongong Aug 12 2008 says:

This is great news for the mod-liking part of the Source community.
Hope Valve doesn't only let in the absolute elite of mods, tho.
On the other hand, I wouldn't mind if they excluded those hey-I-know-how-to-map-now-mods, since many players who haven't tried out mods before will probably try out the "free games" they suddenly were being served. I'm thinking about the scenario of a newbie downloading a badly made mod, (That'd probably be single player one, most SP HL2 mods do suck, unfortunately.) realizing that the mod is bad, thinking "That's probably why it's free." and never touching mods again. (Then buying a Xbox 360 and Halo 3, or something equally mortifying.)

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Terminal58 Aug 12 2008 says:

Dystopia needs to be on the list.

Also great report

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stonecold23 Aug 12 2008 says:

Those are all very well made and well polished mods. and hopefully steamworks will give them some extra credit that they no doubt deserve for all their hard work.

i dissagree with anyone saying any of those mods are bad. dip-rip although it is maybe not the most popular style of game at least it did something different and also did it well.

i love all these mods and although i would like to see others up there, eternal silence, source forts, and fortress forever; i think this is a great thing for the modding community anyway.

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NullSoldier Aug 12 2008 says:

All of the mods here deserve a huge congratulations. Dip Rip is one of the most interesting and fun mods I play. At our local LAN party we have a special game vote for which Source mod to play for that LAN. We've played just about everyone of the mods on this list and we love it.

Valve really knows what the right direction is for the game industry. Too bad consoles and bad companies (EA) will never be as knowledgeable and open to gaming as Valve is. Valve is to gaming as Google is to the internet.

Though, I was really hoping Dystopia was going to be on this list!!

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formerlyknownasMrCP Aug 12 2008 says:

So I take it this is just for Source based mods then. :(

I was hoping they'd let Unreal based mods on there as well, that's a pitty. It would have been great to have a lot of the Deus Ex mods on Steam since there are some great ones coming out soon.

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Henley Aug 12 2008 replied:

maybe at a later stage, implementing games based on the engine the code is based on would seem like a logical step.

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BoredGunman Aug 13 2008 says:

They should add a RTS style mod to that list

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Crypter Aug 13 2008 says:

Dystopia probably didn't get on there because it doesn't quite have the audience... Or something. I myself wish Empires were on this list (or a future one) but they run into the audience issue too, as well as the infrequent updates.

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DJ-Ready Aug 13 2008 says:

I guess I'd make use of it if I could ...
I doubt they'd let me use it on my good old goldsrc mod though xD

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headshot702 Aug 13 2008 says:

Give it time. I am sure the rest of our favorite mods will make it to Steamworks....

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freredarme Aug 13 2008 says:

Cool, nice idea !

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Dremth Aug 13 2008 says:

holy crap! thats awesome!

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AlexCrafter Aug 13 2008 says:

Any idea if this is only going to support multiplayer mods?

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Tommy-TBone Aug 13 2008 says:

It's pretty cool that Valve are doing this. It's a great way to support the Source modding community. I hope Hidden Source makes it to Steamworks as well. I really think that it's gameplay works so much better than Zombie Panic. It's a fair bit slower but more rewarding I find.

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Crazytalk Aug 14 2008 says:

I've been looking forward to this day for a while now!
This is definitely a huge step forward for modding.
Congrats guys!

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Chabs Aug 14 2008 says:

Insurgency and Age of Chivalery : OK. But... why don't they chose better mods? Synergy and D.I.P.R.I.P and ZP Source are not... that good.

I'm scared =S Don't know how is it going to look like.
I'm to lazy to re-download the mods again...

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DjBourgeoisie Aug 14 2008 replied:

@Chabs, probably because zps has the most players, and d.i.p.r.i.p caught Valves attention and wanted to help them in any way they could? As for not being "that good" remember that is your opinion and you do not speak for anyone but yourself, I happen to love zps, despite some obvious problems it is still a very fun mod definitely deserves to be included, it did win mod of the year afterall.

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SinKing Aug 14 2008 says:

next mods to be included should be:

The Hidden
Pirates, Vikings and Knights 2
Iron Grip
Eternal Silence 2

It's great to see the service getting finally up and running, but the choice selection of mods is a bit odd. I hope more games get on that list and mods become more popular through it.

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raventheoneandonly Aug 15 2008 says:

I think a few people here are on to something.
1. Valve is using certain mods as Guinea Pigs for feedback to IMPROVE their currently infant distribution system.

2. Valve has picked the mods they deem to be popular, and the ones that are being updated frequently.

But what about xx Mod? Well, i love Empires myself, but they haven't had an update in a while, the same as BM and certain other mods. It's not the mod team's fault, and It's not Valve's fault. For all we know, this could be an entirely random process, just let it go, and before you know it, your favorite mod will have SteamWorks Integrated.

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wormri Aug 15 2008 says:

That's great for guys that doesn't have HL2, Synergy is like HL2:DM but better, and I'd sure love to play it instead of HL2:DM. Too bad I already got HL2 and EP 1 from a friend :P or is it?

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NullSoldier Aug 16 2008 replied:

I think you misunderstood the purpose of Synergy. They actually took out the deathmatch. It's mainly a coop mod. You can play the single player with your friends.

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Tolkienfanatic Aug 17 2008 says:


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rofl106 Aug 19 2008 says:

is it just me or am i the only one who doesn't even know what "steamworks" even is

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Flobulon Aug 20 2008 replied:

It's just you.

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TuskenRaider Aug 19 2008 says:

thanks to all these mods I bought alot of games from steam.

ahhh cant wait for left4dead.

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benguy1 Aug 24 2008 replied:

you bought steam games because of mods??? pfft!

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