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Today's release of the Multiplayer Beta 1.0 is the first ever multiplayer public release of HL2: Wars and our first public release in over two years!

Posted by Ennui on Nov 27th, 2010

It’s been three long years since Half-Life 2: Wars first exploded onto the Source modding scene with Beta 0.1 back in November 2007, and almost two and a half years since our last public release, Beta 0.5 of July 2008. Today we are happy to announce the release of Beta 1.0, the first multiplayer public beta of Half-Life 2: Wars!

Overrun Sandbox

The multiplayer beta has vastly improved performance and entirely reworked code from 0.5 (which is why it has taken more than two years to deliver!) and features three multiplayer game modes: Overrun, Antlion Skirmish and Antlion Capture the Point.

The Overrun game mode can be played with multiple human players, each of whom commands a Combine garrison in a remote area infested with Antlions. Players work cooperatively to build defensive structures and purchase units to defend their garrisons from never-ending, increasingly stronger waves of Antlions. The objective is to survive as long as possible before the Antlion swarm overruns and destroys the Combine outpost. Overrun features several Combine defensive structures like hopper mines and autoturrets, and a whole host of familiar Combine units from HL2, from the SMG soldier to the fearsome Combine Elite.

The Antlion Skirmish game mode (formerly referred to as the Antlion demo before we decided to add Overrun to the mix) is exactly what it says – multiplayer deathmatch between competing Antlion colonies. Each player controls a hive of Antlions and battles it out online with other players for control of local pheromone markers, which produce Antlion grubs that can be harvested by Workers and then used to purchase units. The match ends when one Antlion colony reigns supreme and annihilates all competing colonies. Antlion Capture the Point (CTP) is a variation on this game mode; as a CTF-like game mode, the name explains it all.

Enough with the explaining already and give us the damn download, you say? Here you go (just don't get so carried away with how awesome it is that you forget to vote for us for MOTY 2010!):

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1.0 Client Exe @ (Australia)
1.0 Client Zip @ (Australia)
1.0 Dedicated server @ (Australia)

Hopefully some of you fine server administrators out there will put up some dedicated servers, but to get things started we have set up a public multiplayer server at

We’d love to hear your comments, questions, praise and criticism, so head on over to the HL2: Wars community forum and post away! If you enjoy the Multiplayer Beta, we’d appreciate it if you showed some love and vote for us in the Mod of the Year 2010 competition by clicking the button at the top of the page. There are only a couple of days left to vote, so hurry!

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Anddos Nov 27 2010, 2:15am says:

i am getting a mountfilesystem error

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Sander Nov 27 2010, 2:34am replied:

The mod still requires Episode two.

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Tempest_Wales Nov 27 2010, 5:47pm replied:

Would the mod be better located under EP2 then? That should help a little showing the minimum requirement is EP2 rather than HL2. (Not sure if you can move the mod in the settings though)

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Anddos Nov 27 2010, 2:37am buried:


i only have episode 2 from the orange box cd , i dont have it on steam

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TheJx4 Nov 27 2010, 2:48am replied:

Activate it on Steam.

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Jike Nov 27 2010, 6:37am replied:

get a legit version that is

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russianguy Nov 27 2010, 9:01am replied:

He is a naughty pirate. II maties

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Savci Nov 27 2010, 3:29pm replied:

That was funny. "EP2 from the orange box" :D

Hey guys, I only have the butter and the meat from the sandvich! :p

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delarobe Dec 2 2010, 8:34am replied:

i think u got him wrong, it wasnt something like that he said, but ok
it doesnt really matter

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Jesternz08 Nov 27 2010, 2:45am says:

Sounds like an incredible update. Good work! look forward to trying this out at a lan :)

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Croco15 Nov 27 2010, 2:55am says:

Definitely gonna be trying this out, looks great!

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L34D Nov 27 2010, 3:08am says:

Good Mod!

The Landscape looks very boring. Maybe build a street or place some buildings.

There are a lot of things to fix.
For example Antlions can jump down cliffs but on one Map they can´t go back up to the platform. (its the map with the bridges. Don´t know the name right now. :)).

Hope there will be in future a zombie race. :) And the Combines have a strider or a battleship or something else like this. :D

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Discrate Nov 27 2010, 3:13am replied:

We are in desperate need of level designers, and have been looking for level designers for a long time.

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Craka_J Nov 27 2010, 4:14am says:

Hell, it's about time!

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Torabi Nov 27 2010, 5:22am says:

Oh wow, it has already been two years?! Incredible dedication guys. You got my download and vote.

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[MI]Stalk Nov 27 2010, 5:25am says:

Don't want to troll but so called CTF is CTP...

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Croco15 Nov 27 2010, 9:52pm replied:

Maybe they write it as "Phlag" instead of "flag".

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Morthon Nov 29 2010, 5:33am replied:


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delarobe Dec 2 2010, 8:36am replied:

rofl ²

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$n!p3r Dec 5 2010, 9:53am replied:


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DaLuig Dec 11 2010, 10:23pm replied:


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RGRiot Apr 21 2011, 2:47pm replied:

Or maybe it's suppose to be Capture the Point...

+1 vote     reply to comment
Jok3r098 Nov 27 2010, 5:35am says:

AAAAAH already voted -_-, overwatch :/ its a good mod but this is better, i should have waited

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Discrate Nov 27 2010, 5:39am replied:

You can vote multiple mods lol.

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Savci Nov 27 2010, 6:18am says:

Couldn't be the interface background (on the bottom) be more sharper?
Still, nice idea. It gets a vote from me for the idea and the effort.

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ScorpioPolska Nov 27 2010, 7:02am says:

Hmm. Does anyone at all in this game?

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Discrate Nov 27 2010, 7:07am replied:

there is people playing right now

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ThePeanutBaron Nov 27 2010, 11:46am says:

Of what I have played this is very enjoyable, but it still needs alot of improvement.

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Discrate Nov 27 2010, 5:34pm replied:

Indeed. The whole point of a multiplayer beta is to get feedback on how the mod runs. We have got alot of feedback so far, so alot of changes will be coming

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saivert Nov 27 2010, 1:21pm says:

here is the dedicated server setup guide

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Savci Nov 27 2010, 3:30pm says:

I'll give it a try. Is there no antlion player vs. combine player, though? I'll see.

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AJDominion Nov 27 2010, 4:37pm says:

I noticed the zoom in and out is not bound at all, so you can go through the ground and really high in the sky.

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zck2020 Nov 28 2010, 11:10am says:

Awww we can't even play as combine or rebs in skirmish?

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Ennui Author
Ennui Nov 28 2010, 2:15pm replied:

Not yet. When we're finished polishing up Overrun, our main focus will shift to implementing the Combine and Rebel skirmish factions.

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PurpleGaga27 Nov 29 2010, 3:05am says:

Does this mod require episode two AND the orange box SDK?

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Sander Nov 29 2010, 3:22am replied:

Well, Source SDK Base 2007 comes with Episode Two, so the only requirement is Episode Two.

+1 vote     reply to comment
TheSaCk Dec 6 2010, 11:26pm says:

Anyone play this mod?, i can only see one server, 0 players.

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