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The fourth alpha of Estranged, including new content and polished gameplay.

Posted by AlanEdwardes on Aug 24th, 2012

Today I'm releasing Estranged Alpha #4 of Estranged! This version has a load of new content and updates to the main game. Below is an outline of a few major changes:

  • New map, completely revamped sewer level.
  • New scene with a new character
  • Hutman scene completely re-recorded, extended
  • Added much more to the fourth map
  • You now have hands instead of Gordon's HEV suit
  • An experimental health meter
  • You can sprint!
  • Healtkits in the form of morphine.

I've been putting a lot of my spare time into this release, and I hope you'll really enjoy playing it. There's a bit more story in this one, and I'm hoping to make it a much more gripping experience.

As before there's an opt-in statistics mechanism in this release, and this time I can track deaths! So hopefully I'll be able to make a pretty death heat map at some point which will help me better place healthkits and enemies.

You can download Estranged Alpha 4 from ModDB

I updated the installer on the 26/08/12 to fix an issue where you could press L and it'd spawn a magical light. Oops.

Thanks, and thank you for all of your support. It's worth it just to see and read about the responses people have to something I've made. I have no plans to stop creating content, it's just going to take time. There are ideas in the pipeline, so watch this space!

I'd like to thank Erik Nygren, Mark Andrews and Lyall Campbell especially for their contributions to the project. See contributors.txt and attribution.txt in the mod's root folder for full credits.

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Armageddon104 Aug 24 2012 says:

YAY! Going to play it right now.

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billyboob Aug 25 2012 says:

I got stuck trying to start the train. Also, L is mapped to some lighting option I suspect you were using in development?

When I met the first guy in the shack, I kept exploring while he was talking and I opened the back door which cut off all his dialogue.

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AlanEdwardes Aug 25 2012 replied:

That sucks. If you have time, could you PM me with what exactly you tried doing? I can let you know how to get past it if you like, I'd really like for you to complete it.

It is yeah, but it should only do stuff if you enable cheats. I'll check that later though.

If you don't want to listen to hutman, you don't have to, though you'll miss out a large chunk of story. I'll consider making it mandatory again though.

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billyboob Aug 25 2012 replied:

I'll have another go and see if I can work it out :)

I don't think you need to make hutman mandatory unless he's providing some sort of clue for latter parts of the game. I was happy listening to him and just wanted to point out that choosing to go out the back would load the next area, cutting him off, which I hadn't expected.

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billyboob Aug 25 2012 replied:

Ok well I ran through it again. And I worked out it out. Enjoyed it. Train was fun (I can see why people get into train sims now). I'll PM some other questions/feedback.

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KiiNG Aug 25 2012 says:

awesome gonna try it out nao :D

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Goldendeed Aug 26 2012 says:

I love this mod so much!

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JumpUpScares Aug 26 2012 says:

just played it and it is really good!

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freredarme Aug 26 2012 says:

Nice mod, just short :)

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Dr.Goupyl Aug 26 2012 says:

I enjoyed the first part, gotta take a look at this !

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StegoSigma Aug 26 2012 says:

Sexy 8D

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SinisterExaggerator Aug 26 2012 says:

This was awesome so far loved the bit with the chair and the mapping and lighting is really atmospheric. However im not a fan of the current reskinned hl2 pistol and arms

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AlanEdwardes Aug 26 2012 replied:

Thanks. Why didn't you like the arms? :(

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SinisterExaggerator Aug 27 2012 replied:

Unfortunatly i could see the glove lining on the normal map of the reskinned hl2 arms and the skin texture was abit fake looking almost like a manaquin hand.

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freredarme Aug 28 2012 replied:

Make new hands for player if its possible ;)

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Guest Nov 30 2012 says:

How do you start the train?

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