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News from the front! We bring goodies: a development video showcasing the latest features and the surprise release of the old Beta 0.5 source code, as well as a brief update on the development progress over the past few months.

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Howdy folks! It's been a couple of months since we last had an official update on the progress of the new version of the Half-Life 2: Wars beta, and we have a couple of goodies to share with you fine people. Development has been moving ahead at a steady pace since the beginning of the year, and we draw ever closer to the next public beta. In case you forgot, that will take the form of a multiplayer demo where the only playable race is the Antlions. Today we have two major items on the agenda: a development progress video (below) and the release of the HLW Beta v0.5 source code.


The team has been hard at work since you last heard from us in early January; 2010 has been a very productive year for HLW thus far. Sander has continued to tweak the code to improve performance, and some of the more recent features implemented in the mod include a new shader for the fog of war effect, some new HUD icons, team colors, the Antlion "burrow" ability, and improved unit AI and navigation code. You can see all this in action in the dev video above. Note that the "spit turrets" in the video aren't part of the game, they're more of a dev toy.

We also have a surprise for all of you fellow Half-Life 2 mod developers out there: the source code for our last public beta (v0.5), released almost two years ago back in July 2008. The code is free to all of you out there for non-commercial use, and you are welcome to modify and use it so long as you credit Half-Life 2: Wars.

»» Download HLW Beta v0.5 Source Code ««

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That's it for this time. Progress is steady and you will hear from us in the near future. Expect more videos and screenshots. Meanwhile, you can follow our development a bit more closely by reading our forums. We're also still recruiting talented developers, so if you're an experienced Source engine developer with a bit of free time and an interest in helping us fully realize Half-Life 2 in RTS form, drop us a line.

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JMS.HappyCat
JMS.HappyCat

Glad to see another update from you guys! For what it's worth, I think this is one of the coolest Source projects around and I'm happy to see it's still chugging along.

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Verendus
Verendus

Ohhh, lovely HUD you have going on there!

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shipshape
shipshape

Is it me or does the HUD kinda look like a re-skinned CoH HUD... its a nice HUD ether way

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cornfetish
cornfetish

is it just me or do antlions=zerg? I LOVE IT!!

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Discrate
Discrate

That comment gets made alot :P I didn't even know what zerg was up untill like 2 weeks ago lol

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Dr.Sean
Dr.Sean

What units will the antlions have in the multiplayer demo?

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Discrate
Discrate

normal antlion, antlion worker, antlion guard, antlion cavern guard.

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zonbie
zonbie

This continues to be my favorite "other genre" Source mod by far.

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Gunship_Mark_II
Gunship_Mark_II

YES! my next mod will be founded on this source code! THANKS you guys!

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Discrate
Discrate

Remember to give credits to us :P

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Gunship_Mark_II
Gunship_Mark_II

Sure man! you combine BEST generes of games FPS + RTS, this is really great!

Source engine has very good rendering engine, and i can create cool graphic in the mod!

But i need to forgot massive battles :) because it be lag. ( or not? )

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JLea
JLea

Thanks for the source code, I really needed help with VGUI in my mod :P

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Awesome_ninja
Awesome_ninja

thanks a lot, very usefull for other people that started modding =)

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Craka_J
Craka_J

Looks great.

The HUD reminds me of Company of Heroes' HUD. :)

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AlekZanDer
AlekZanDer

Not bad.

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Pandango
Pandango

Nice update, glad to see some more on moddb page! ^^

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RevenTDL
RevenTDL

Hmm I cant download the link it tells me the site is down? Anyone know when it might be up again?

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Ennui Author
Ennui

Our webserver crashed, we're working on getting things running again. Check again in a day or two :)

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RevenTDL
RevenTDL

alright cool thanks

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Deathace13
Deathace13

Sweet mod. I laugh when you zoom in on a Stalker and see him doing some kind of dance. That would be cool if this was featured on Steam itself. AI's are kinda mental in houses. (Bad navigation in buildings).

The website is down, it says: "Discrate killed small children so the site is down". 'Nough said.

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Discrate
Discrate

I'm sorry :(

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Pfheonix
Pfheonix

Discrate, why did you kill small children?

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Sao
Sao

discrate is evil

i thought that was a well known fact

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