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Beta 2.0.6 features a host of visual improvements, including new models, textures, animations, and HUD/interface elements on top of the usual bugfixes, code improvements and balancing changes.

Posted by Ennui on Jan 23rd, 2013

The latest update to Half-Life 2: Wars brings a lot of visual improvements to the mod in addition to the usual host of balance changes, code improvements and bugfixes. Our newest developer ProgSys has been hard at work improving the graphical side of the modification and thanks to him we have improved models and textures for control points, manned turrets, the Combine sniper rifle and more, including a building animation for Engineers. Lt_Commander has also created a bunch of updated interface icons and HUD elements which are included in this release.

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The map hlw_forest has received a visual update, and the other maps have also been updated to take advantage of our new multiblend terrain shader. You can see a lot of the graphical improvements in action in these screenshots:

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Click the button below to install or update Half-Life 2: Wars via Desura (this is the recommended method). Alternatively, you can download the full HL2: Wars Beta 2.0.6 beta files in 7z archive format (extract to your Steam/SteamApps/SourceMods directory).

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WARS BETA 2.0.6 CHANGELOG
Balance:
* Rebel aid station now requires the Triage Center
* Rebel engineer must now walk up close to start constructing a building
* Reduced range at which Stalkers start constructing buildings
* Lowered cost of soldier with shotgun in Overrun to 1 kill
* Raised shotgun bonus damage against light from 3 to 21
* Team games: players now receive resources from their allied control points

New:
* Control point model with flag
* Rebels themed mountable turret model
* Scrap model (used by Engineer when carrying scrap)
* Rebel engineer construction animation
* Combine Sniper rifle model

Interface:
* New icons for units, abilities and buildings
* New experimental html based Unit Spawn panel in Sandbox
* Mouse cursor now changes to the capture icon when hovering above a control point

Maps:
* Updated hlw_forest (displacements, multiblend shader and tree sway)
* Updated hlw_slums (removed color correction)
* Updated hlw_battlemounds (multiblend shader)
* Updated or_crashed (multiblend shader)
* Updated or_hill (multiblend shader and tree sway)
* Updated or_trapped (fixed navigation around edges)

Updated:
* Player camera height is now limited to a fixed height, instead of map defined
* Increased search radius of cover spots when ordering units to move to a location
* Better identifiable Rebel Engineer model

Unit Navigation:
* Units now temporary ignore checking for a valid nav mesh below their feet when jumping down an edge, so they don't stop moving (or_trapped navigation problem)
* Units now ignore checking for a valid nav mesh below their feet temporary at the start of following a path, until they find a valid nav area (to avoid problems when starting in an invalid navigation area).

Fixed:
* Incorrect blood color of various units (zombies, manhack, antlions)
* Reliable overflow error message when trying to select around 200 or more units using a selection box
* Player camera height limits are sometimes ignored on map start of "or_hill"
* Combine Elite alt ar2 fire animation not played
* Combine Elite alt ar2 fire broken until you switch weapons
* Units not shooting back at mountable turrets (instead do nothing)
* Buildings incorrectly taking damage during construction
* Incorrect default mouse cursor used ingame
* Headcrab cannisters being launched at invalid locations in Overrun
* Incorrect resource bonus received from random bonus crates in Overrun
* Units sometimes incorrectly trying to shoot while the los is blocked
* Ability Infiltrate cooldown not set after using it
* Team color of unit circle not always updated correctly.

Performance:
* Reduced lag when ordering large groups of units

Sounds:
* New building destruction sounds
* Engineer sounds

Misc:
* Hotkeys no longer automatically overwrite the rts config. The bindings are instead part of the default config.
* Replaced Awesomium by Chromium Embedded Framework

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katouska
katouska Jan 23 2013, 7:52pm says:

the new models are good, keep up the good work :-)

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AncientT
AncientT Jan 23 2013, 8:00pm says:

Soo ehh, you guys got any play dates ? always so empty!

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Discrate
Discrate Jan 25 2013, 2:43pm replied:

Feel free to join the hl2wars steam group and organize games with people.

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PS2viciado
PS2viciado Jan 24 2013, 6:53am says:

Any chance to add group units formations?

Line, Column, Wedge?

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shadowseeker21
shadowseeker21 Jan 24 2013, 12:03pm replied: Online

I'm sure they wil be added in a future update.

But I wont be full sure.

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[FH]Gorgutz
[FH]Gorgutz Jan 25 2013, 11:36am replied: Online

To be fair, these aren't Medieval times. I don't see units shooting their SMG's conveniently in a Wedge formation.

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AFellowStalker
AFellowStalker Jan 26 2013, 3:40pm replied:

Well the fighting in this doesn't exactly show modern times either.

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Terbus
Terbus Jan 25 2013, 7:29am buried:

(buried)

Too late, I've already lost interest for HL2:Wars when they removed Rebels and added Antlions as playable "fraction". Even when Rebels came back now, I wont check it.

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Discrate
Discrate Jan 25 2013, 2:43pm replied:

It's up to you. Rebels were never "Removed" we decided to rebuild the mod again and we used the Antlion faction as a demonstration of our new work.

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ghost_rider
ghost_rider Jan 25 2013, 10:41pm replied:

Why would you NOT like a faction addition?

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ALPHA-1
ALPHA-1 Jan 26 2013, 2:35pm says:

Still hating the firerate and the AI, please go back to the hl2 AI used in 0.5

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ls8ara
ls8ara Jan 27 2013, 9:06pm says:

This Game Is FREAKING GREAT!
But Please make an Easier "Scenario" Mode.
Sandbox is too... somewhat boring or weird!

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Norwaydude-
Norwaydude- Feb 4 2013, 5:04am says:

Is this something like OverWatch, just no player vs AI?

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