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12 comments by Au-heppa on Jan 1st, 2013

What is From Earth?

"From Earth" takes place close to the year 3,000 when one woman and one man, Zenaida and Anthony, are sent to a remote alien planet. After fifty years in cold sleep, they find themselves on a recently industrialised world being hunted by an alien government. They have only their wits, athleticism and the remains of their equipment to keep them alive.

In this first person singleplayer experience, the player takes control of Zenaida Liu upon arriving on the planet. From Earth's gameplay is very much about your relationship to this world and its technology, requiring you to figure out how it all works and encouraging cooperation with the local population. Nothing about the alien technology is explained to players. It's about experimentation and learning what's what and how things on this planet work. The player also has some athletic abilities, such as climbing, wall running, hanging on ledges and so on.

A Half-Life 2 / Source Engine Mod

From Earth is a Half-Life 2 / Source Engine mod and will require a Source Engine game such as Half-Life 2, Portal, Counter-Strike: Source, etc.. The estimated release date is a year from now. We are announcing the mod now to garner some early feedback. We will try to give your monthly updates on the progress, feature descriptions that go a little bit deeper, as well as just loose thoughts on the development process.

Here's some of the features included in the modification:

First Person
Unlike our previous game Water, From Earth is completely in first person. However, the player model is always visible. When a player interacts with the world, for instance, presses a button or opens a door, it is animated and visible.

Interaction System
The focus of the game is the interaction system that includes examining and combining different items of alien technology. Players can also communicate with the aliens, allowing them to ask questions about specific items from them, or trade them.

The player can climb, jump, and wall-run around obstacles. Finding your way through an environment creates another type of puzzle to accompany the interactive ones.

Alien AI
Some of the new AI behaviours include the way the aliens react to the player, as well as the ability to dynamically use interactive machines.

Half-Life 2: Short Stories Mod Team

The team has previously brought you such Source Engine mods as Human Error, Water and the hated Last Zombie.

The project has had a good start, but since I bought so many games in the Steam sales, I won’t have time to work on it. So, we need people to help while I go through all my new acquisitions. We are a small team and we like to keep it that way, so we want to hire people who are super talented and serious about getting into the gaming industry. We understand that other people have lives outside modding, unlike me, but it is our wish that you will become a permanent part of the team. For all positions either message on moddb or e-mail me at

The current team is:

Tero "Au-heppa" Knuutinen - Programming, Gameplay design, 3d modelling & animating
Daniel "CzechDeath" Tejnicky - Leading Concept Artist
Henri "Leon_Kilean" Tervapuro - Prop modelling, world texture creation
Dennis "Entru" Yaremov - Sound & Music
Colter Wehmeier - Level Designer
Adam "Blacklight" Sklar - Video Editing

Special thanks to Ross Gardner.

Level Designers
We are looking for two different types of Level Designers. Firstly, we need people that can bring existing levels an aesthetic quality, and are experienced with lighting, texturing, and the general make up in Hammer. Screenshots and/or example maps are required.

We are also looking for puzzle designers, such as anyone who has a lot of experience designing different types of puzzles for games like Portal 2. Source engine or Hammer experience is not necessary.

Concept Artists
Most of the concept work will revolve around the industrial era Alien technology and architecture. Samples of previous work required. We already have a strong set of existing concept art for you to draw on.

Voice actors and actresses
Although the script is nowhere near ready, we are looking for people to play the parts of Zenaida, Anthony, as well as the generic voices of aliens, both male and female actors. All voice actors applying should provide some kind of samples. You should be able to do big range of emotions. Some lines might be delivered at a later date.

The aliens will be speaking an alien language specifically designed for this mod. Their dialogue is partly already written and ready for recording. Examples will be provided if you are interested.

We are interested on getting any help we can get, especially world texture creators and prop modellers.

Remember to check out our facebook page and our website.

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PyroVizard Nov 23 2011, 3:47pm says:

It doesn't install for me. :(
there is always an error.

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Au-heppa Nov 24 2011, 12:45am replied:

What kind of error? Have you tried the zip file instead?

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PyroVizard Nov 24 2011, 9:55am replied:

oh, nevermind. Desura just needed an update. :)

Game is awesome, i'll rate later when I've finished it.

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DzjengisKhan Nov 22 2011, 4:28pm says:

I love the game the only part i got stuck on was the (first) guard that likes music, I couldn't figure out for a long time that you had to put your mouse straight on the guard in order for it to work. The screen moving becouse she goes to sit on the ledge makes it so that your not pointing straight at the guard and it won't do nothing.

Awsome game nontheless, it's very unique style and gameplay, I like it ;)

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fitzroy_doll Nov 21 2011, 7:13pm says:

This was excellent. Really great work guys.

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DarkShift Nov 21 2011, 1:09pm says:

OK, now that this is over (and it was wonderful), are you planning to :

1) take a vacancy for modding?
2) work on Human Error Episode 2 (Attack of the Combones)?
3) work on WATER...2?

Because, without spoiling too much... There are three... of "them". And we saw only two... So I'm asking, is there an eventual sequel planned?

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Entru Nov 21 2011, 1:53pm replied:

I can only tell you that none of the things you mentioned quite describe what we're about to do next. Just wait and see.

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Night-Fury Nov 20 2011, 1:14am says:

This mod looks awesome! I will go play now. Why has I not heard of it before?

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LolCakeLazors Nov 19 2011, 9:34pm says:

Stuck on the part where you go in a pipe only to face dry land and 2 guards. What do you do..? (You can also turn into water to go back into the water)

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KEEP_IT_UP! Nov 21 2011, 8:30pm replied:

use the big barrel... ;)

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Chamberlyn Nov 19 2011, 5:45pm says:

Can someone tell me how to get past the fire boss?
She goes to look up a healing spell and I don't know what to do from there :<

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Timusius Nov 22 2011, 3:43pm replied:

I'm stuck at the same spot as Chamberlyn

Zlandals hint does nothing much for me.

I tried entering the two pipes etc.
When the arm is sticking out of the toilet I'm unable to do anything. Can't reach the bottles, can't see anything else to reach.

When going up the other tube the result is simple. The boss comes running and sets me on fire in a matter of seconds.


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DzjengisKhan Nov 22 2011, 4:36pm replied:

To defeat the fire boss the first time with the toilet, only use the toilet don't use the other tube, just keep flinging bottles at her and you will kill her eventually you should be able to kill/chase her away be 4 you die. Be sure to put your mouse all the way to the side and down to pick up bottles and all the way up and aimed at her to fling them.

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Timusius Nov 23 2011, 2:20am replied:

Thanks DzjengisKhan. I tried again and it worked. I don't know if it's something with my screen resolution or something, but I have to move the mouse so much that the hand basically goes out of my view to pick up the bottle.
It's like the "sensitivity" for this scene is way too low. It worked fine for the other ones.

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Zlandael Nov 19 2011, 9:31pm replied:

Go underwater, look for a small room with a pipe. Enter it.

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Beautiful piece of art. Art style, from the vibrant colors of the underwater regions to the bleakness of the city to even the small, papercraft looking cutscenes, is amazing. Player models have the same stylized feel. Gameplay is fluid (hahaha, I funny). It takes the Source engine where I haven't seen it go in a long while: the realm of creativity.

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