"The last thing I remember was our train being stopped in the woods. OVERWATCH told me I was needed for questioning, so they locked me in one of those cold pods and stuck me on the next train to NOVA PROSPEKT. I can still see my WIFE watching me drift away.
Now, here I am... Only things are not how I expected them to be. How long have I been unconscious? A few days? A WEEK? Something has gone HORRIBLY WRONG..."
UNION is a short single-player map pack for HALF-LIFE 2: EPISODE TWO set in the aftermath of Freeman's blow at Nova Prospekt. ANTLIONS have broken in and run amok, the Combine forces lay decimated, but an unlikely alliance is forged between a lone surviving PRISONER and an escaped VORTIGAUNT. If they are to break free they will have to rely on one another for help.
This is the first part of a possible mini-series and focuses on combat, exploration and AI teamwork. Enemies are primarily antlions and zombies, though future installments would feature Combine forces. Future chapters are not confirmed, and this part does have its own full story arc.
I'm getting close to something I've wanted to do since Union's initial release over a year ago, and that is to create an updated version with some new additions and changes. This project (affectionately called ReUnion) will feature full custom voice acting courtesy of Chris and Anne Fox to allow our Vortigaunt companion to breathe new life into the story, as well as numerous graphical upgrades and changes to gameplay, taking on board the valuable feedback I have received from players. I aim to have all this conveniantly packaged as a fully-fledged mod (rather than individual maps) which enables a few other nifty little features.
If you were curious about the background of Union's protagonist, or where he might be headed after it ends, be sure to check out ReUnion when it's finished. There's no set release date yet, but watch this space for any updates.
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