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The Antlion Demo of HLW will be released next month. We also have a trailer, more details, and a request for developers.

Posted by Ennui on Aug 27th, 2010

S ummer is drawing to a close, and the Half-Life 2: Wars team has been hard at work since we last updated you all in March. We have a few items on the agenda for this news post. First, we are happy to announce that the highly anticipated Antlion demo is almost ready for release! We are in feature lock and currently all we are doing is balance tweaking and hunting down those last elusive bugs. You can expect the demo to be released to the public sometime next month. The Antlion demo, to refresh your memory, is a limited multiplayer release of HL2: Wars that features Antlions as the only playable human race, with a handful of different maps. Not only is it multiplayer, but the code is vastly improved so that the performance lag from our past releases is gone. Everything is more streamlined, efficient, and polished than before. We'll update you in coming weeks before the release to demonstrate and explain the gameplay more in-depth. For now, check out this trailer that BiotecVirus kindly made for us, with music from team sound designer sbeast64:

Watch it in HD on Youtube

We'd also like to put out another request for team members! We are looking mainly for 3d artists and texture artists (both for model skins and world textures), so if you are experienced and have a respectable portfolio, get in touch with us on our forums or by email ( If you have some other modding talent, feel free to drop us a line as well. We're always looking for talented people. Source engine experience is not required but strongly desired.

That's all for today, but we'll be in touch over the next few weeks leading up to the release sometime in September - we'll give you a more specific date a little bit further down the line. Stick around, because we're on the verge of our first public release since Summer 2008, more than two years ago!

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dafatcat Aug 27 2010, 5:43pm says:

Great work, seems fun

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goirdin Aug 27 2010, 5:45pm says:

Yes! an update!

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VovaS500 Aug 27 2010, 5:48pm says:

Awesome work!

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Cremat0r Aug 27 2010, 5:50pm says:

I was waiting so long, and now, I'm breathless!

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Greenagainn! Aug 27 2010, 5:59pm says:

Seriously can't wait. It seems like forever since your last post.

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Tharapita Aug 27 2010, 6:09pm says:

Oh wow, this looks awesome. Can't wait for a release.

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Theon Aug 27 2010, 6:12pm says:


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PhaserRave Aug 27 2010, 6:24pm says:


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Icedecknight Aug 27 2010, 6:49pm says:

Yes, the epicness is back!

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GiantPug Aug 27 2010, 6:53pm says:

Extremely Impressive.

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TheRealRebel Aug 27 2010, 6:54pm says:

Simply happy. :D

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xXMaNiAcXx Aug 27 2010, 7:28pm says:


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Nebcake Aug 27 2010, 9:40pm says:

Back in action.

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DarthAwesome Aug 27 2010, 9:58pm says:

You made a first person shooter and modded into a realtime strategy? O.O

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Craka_J Aug 28 2010, 2:07am replied:

Stunning observation skills.

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Dr.Sean Sep 8 2010, 7:39am replied:

Now all I need is a FPS mod of Starcraft 2

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MrMattWebb Aug 27 2010, 10:21pm says:

Now you just need to release it in the south korean community and then you have win :D

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Dirt_Diggller Aug 28 2010, 4:27am says:

Be careful, making such an ace rts may attract attention from Blizzard, who will either hire you, or kill off there competition!

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neronix17 Aug 29 2010, 12:30pm replied:

There is no competition. this mod is going to be much better than starcraft 2. End of discussion.

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0SmooK0 Aug 28 2010, 7:23am says:

Hey this is good, definetley folowing

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NovaNoah Aug 29 2010, 1:22am says:

Very Exited.

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Tornum Aug 29 2010, 10:49am says:

I see Zerg.

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mrgriggs Aug 29 2010, 2:01pm says:

Try lowering quality of the models, remember this is an RTS not an FPS anymore, also I don't know if it's included or not but try adding formation movement, such as moving in a square / line or other types :).

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BiotecVirus Aug 30 2010, 12:31pm replied:

Why would there be need to? higher quality is always better, if you need it lower, lower your in-game settings. As for formations, antlions don't use formations most of the time. Future versions may include it though for rebel/combine combat.

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Gordon_Frohman Aug 31 2010, 11:57am says:

You need Hl2:ep2 for this right? If so, I'm gonna cry :(

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yourgrandma Sep 1 2010, 2:06pm replied:

no excuse for not owning episode 2 by now.

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