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A major re-haul of Sven Co-op Half-Life is in the works, thanks to the power of market research.

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MMRCIn recent times, you may have noticed fewer active Sven Co-op players than would have been found a few years ago. We noticed this too, and, three months ago, we went searching for answers. We took a long, hard look at the experience of Sven Co-op -- at elements like the initial presentation, first joining a game, etc. -- and we didn't like what we saw.

So we took a big step: we pooled our funds and hired an actual, professional market research company to provide intensive, unbiased focus group testing! While we did contribute personally (Nih and Hezus in particular), this would never have been possible without your own generous donations, and we are eternally grateful for that. The process may have been expensive, but the results were well worth the price.

In short, we found that Sven Co-op was a total mess. Three in five group members required assistance just to start their first game, and nine out of ten struggled with the controls. They also didn't understand what characters they were playing, their motivations, or how different maps formed part of a cohesive story. Most participants reported moderate-or-higher difficulty in understanding exactly what was going on at any given time. The game was simply too complex and unintuitive... With such a low level of accessibility, it's no surprise that we're having trouble attracting new players.


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After multiple sessions, we've been able to identify all of the major problems and formulate suitable solutions. We're not finished yet, but the game is already feeling considerably more focused and streamlined. Here are the features you can expect in the next release:

Coherent Setting: Wildly differing themes between maps had turned the mod into an incoherent and confusing mess. From now on, all official maps will take place in Black Mesa, and players will take on a consistent role as helmeted HEV science personnel (thus providing a 'blank slate').

Ten Enemy Types: Each with its own distinct role. These have been picked to have easily-recognisable silhouettes, reducing confusion considerably.

Six Diverse Weapons: We've really refined these down to their purest forms, with each filling a specific and obvious function. Secondary fire modes have been removed as they're just not necessary any more!

Unified Ammo: Our new ammo system gives you all the benefits of having multiple ammo types and much more! As well allowing players increased freedom of choice, with only one ammo type you actually have to think more. You'll have to consider how many nanites each weapon uses, then make the decision on what you want to fire.*

Health, Redefined: We know many of you find the use of regenerating health in modern shooters to feel unrealistic. We agree! That's why in Sven Co-op, health will only regenerate after every 30-second encounter. Medkits can still be collected for bonus points.

Improved Matchmaking: No more wasting time messing about in a server browser -- Sven Co-op will now handle all matchmaking automatically, conecting you with up to five random companions!

Uniform Controls: Mouse & keyboard is still supported, but we've worked with researchers to painstakingly determine the single best and most intuitive standardised layout for this option! Was it WASD?... You'll just have to wait and see. :)

Social Integration: Sven Co-op will automatically post updates to your Twitter, Facebook and MySpace pages each time you complete an Encounter, giving your friends up-to-the-minute details of your in-game progress.
* (Shotgun ammo used as a placeholder while we wait for the Unified Ammo model to pass testing)


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The release date for the next version (to be titled simply "Sven Co-op") is still undetermined. If any publishers are reading this, please contact us regarding possible console ports.

Comments  (0 - 50 of 51)
Killer_man_1996
Killer_man_1996

WOW you are exactly doing what Valve should be doing with TF2 now... they are both great mods (or game for TF2) because with so many stuff it starts to get weird and nonsense, we don't know what we're doing or what we should be doing. Excellent idea!

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xXMaNiAcXx
xXMaNiAcXx

You could make a HL2 version of this. Always wanted to play this but I don't have anyway to buy Half Life :/

You would have way more players too.

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Mateos
Mateos

Try PaySafe Card, look for a sell point around your location, it's how I'm able to buy through Steam...

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the*Joker
the*Joker

Buy a gift card with cash, register the gift card at the gift card website, and use it to buy games on Steam. Works every time, and you can keep getting new gift cards, so yeah.

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Armageddon104
Armageddon104

Man I loved how all the levels were different, you could be in Vietnam one minute and in a child's toybox the next, that's the fun about Sven Co-op. That's just me though, I really enjoyed playing this back in the day, just grab some friends and start up a server. I guess this new direction could work too, it just looks a lot more bland. I also really enjoyed kicking *** with my dual wielded Uzis.

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ÐiamonÐ
ÐiamonÐ

Pretty unique approach you guys took, getting a professional marketing research team. Unified ammo seems like a simplification of the game's current dynamics, especially for players who walk in SC for a good time rather than a serious gaming mentality.

I hope you guys can rejuvenate the state of the game as it was in the past!

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legendskenny83
legendskenny83

Hahaha. Man, all of you are so gullible. Look at the date - April Fools is tomorrow.

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ÐiamonÐ
ÐiamonÐ

Oshi.

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Gunship_Mark_II
Gunship_Mark_II

Oshi indeed, i have got too by this news :D

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CrazyChickenMFK
CrazyChickenMFK

I see what you did there.

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Astray488
Astray488

This is just what is needed.

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Cry_Wolf
Cry_Wolf

I don't think "great things" is such a good title for this, I will title it "we are f***ing all the maps, the weapons, and all the other things".
I just hope it's a joke.

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Miroku08
Miroku08

Look at the date.

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biodude
biodude

nice joke guys :P

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Minuit
Minuit

Lol that it backfired on the SC team to start off with.

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RockerFox
RockerFox

WOW, I WANT THIS!!!111!11111!!!!!!

SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

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Ramlapa
Ramlapa

Wow thankgod its a joke , well i hope so :/

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KarimIO
KarimIO

I knew it was a joke by mid-page. But it WAS pretty convincing in the beginning. I hope you have a happy April Fools, everyone...but it's probably gonna be miserable.

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Armageddon104
Armageddon104

Hah, wow I can't believe I fell for this, great job guys.

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nerdenstein
nerdenstein

Woah, I actually thought this was a real update.
I was quite liking the new ideas to be honest.
A completely new direction would be a great idea for mod. Hope to hear great things from you in the future guys!

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SourHyperion1
SourHyperion1

Its a good idea, but can we keep the cartoon maps as a secondary version? The Toonruns were always fun.

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Tatsur0
Tatsur0

I looked at the list and was like "must be a joke" looked at date and was like "yup" heh. Nicely done

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eL-Falso
eL-Falso

nooo..... I don't like redesigned toonmaps :(

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SPTX
SPTX

Way too obvious.

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*CyberNinja*
*CyberNinja*

The redesigned maps... look like normal maps.... I don't know about this ...

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Asd.
Asd.

Oh you guys <3

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Jeffman12
Jeffman12

It's not april 1st yet, but at least you guys are keeping it fresh.

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thatguyphilip
thatguyphilip

we'll just have to see if this is for the benefit of the player when it's out.

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Megadave2003
Megadave2003

damn, this needs to be the first half-life 1 mod that is accessible with steamworks (like insurgency and age of chivalry.

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Phenixtri
Phenixtri

I'm getting bad vibes from this :( something tells me this may kill the original 1-coop experience for thos of us who still are regular players :(

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nopushbutton
nopushbutton

Brilliant move!

Everyone knows the old toonrun didn't make sense. Cartoons aren't based on the REAL WORLD." The gamer of today wants "GRITTY" and "REALISTIC" action.

"Unified ammo" in particular is a great idea, as "seen" in the widely popular "video game" "Deus Ex: Invisible War."

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EvilAngel
EvilAngel

1st dev april fool of the day, waiting on the project reality one.

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Rawket
Rawket

Really fooled me until I realize it will be April 1st, tomorrow.

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Mkilbride
Mkilbride

I didn't notice the date, but when I saw the before and after shot, I merely thought "Wait, what?" Then looked at the date, and read the "changes"

Lmao.

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billyboob
billyboob

10 seconds. For 10 long and bitter seconds you broke my heart. You ******* sneaky bastards. I love you. Happy Fools Day Everyone.

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Fleymevas
Fleymevas

I was confused about this being a joke because it's not even April Fools Day here yet. lol timezones

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Hannibal0
Hannibal0

April fool...?

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HounderKnight
HounderKnight

Oh goodness, you guys almost had me there. :)

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medve
medve

when do we get sven source?

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Ci47
Ci47

APRIL FOOLS :D

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RunningJack
RunningJack

very nice.. you have fooled me :D

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HellsHigh
HellsHigh

Fnyar fnyarrrr

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KodY
KodY

lol, nice one
seeing Toonrun like this xD

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JaMeS777
JaMeS777

i liked the idea but
PLEASE KEE THE SERVER LIST
as a seconfdary option of course

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ALPB
ALPB

this make me **** up!

only wen I see the comments I start to realise thats a joke .-.

PS: i'm from brazil... (thats not a joke see my profile)

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Minuit
Minuit

Some real thick ***** here.

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Jerkakame
Jerkakame

Holy crap I thought they were going to destroy sven coop, thank god haha. The only reason why I dont play 4.0, is because rcbot doesnt work for 4.0. Because no one can be arsed to fix it.

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Gunjack
Gunjack

Oh you guys and your lies.

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.Clash
.Clash

I know this is a joke, but I will say that I never had any idea what I was doing when I played this, and I did need to google errors to find out how to get the game to start.

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sasuke2490
sasuke2490

YAYS SVEN COOP FUTURE FOR THE WINZ!!!1

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