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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.

Posted by Ennui on Mar 17th, 2010

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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Colossal Mar 17 2010, 7:55pm says:

Looks good, but you should make it so that fading ragdolls is an option. I would like to keep the ragdolls to review the carnage.

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Ennui Mar 17 2010, 8:00pm replied:

We are working on performance issues, if we can further optimize this may be a possibility. Keeping the ragdolls drives the framerate down very, very quickly.

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hanging_rope Mar 18 2010, 1:04am replied:

You could possibly set an option to fade them like they do in age of empires, where they slowly fade, first they are just a body, then decaying meat, then bones and then finally gone.
Of course, if this is already implemented (I haven't seen the video yet) just ignore this comment. This probably won't help with optimization on slow computers, but mid-range to high end machines should be able to handle this...maybe...

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Pandango Mar 20 2010, 1:37pm replied:

if your pc is high-end doesnt matter that much, its the code, its not mode for much ragdolls.

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JMS.HappyCat Mar 17 2010, 8:22pm says:

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 Mar 17 2010, 8:46pm says:

Ohhh, lovely HUD you have going on there!

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shipshape Mar 18 2010, 4:25pm replied:

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 Mar 17 2010, 8:50pm says:

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

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Discrate Mar 17 2010, 9:31pm replied:

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 Mar 18 2010, 12:01am replied:

What units will the antlions have in the multiplayer demo?

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Discrate Mar 18 2010, 2:19am replied:

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

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zonbie Mar 18 2010, 12:04am says:

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

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Gunship_Mark_II Mar 18 2010, 3:48am says:

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

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Discrate Mar 18 2010, 4:05am replied:

Remember to give credits to us :P

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Gunship_Mark_II Mar 18 2010, 5:11pm replied:

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 Mar 18 2010, 6:18am says:

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

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Awesome_ninja Mar 18 2010, 10:50am says:

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

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Craka_J Mar 19 2010, 3:22pm says:

Looks great.

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

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AlekZanDer Mar 20 2010, 3:15am says:

Not bad.

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Pandango Mar 20 2010, 1:38pm says:

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

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RevenTDL Mar 20 2010, 3:47pm says:

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 Mar 20 2010, 7:56pm replied:

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

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RevenTDL Mar 21 2010, 11:35am replied:

alright cool thanks

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Deathace13 Mar 22 2010, 3:03pm says:

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 Mar 22 2010, 5:38pm replied:

I'm sorry :(

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Pfheonix Mar 22 2010, 6:11pm replied:

Discrate, why did you kill small children?

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Sao Mar 22 2010, 11:17pm replied:

discrate is evil

i thought that was a well known fact

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