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Co-operative, updated conversion of Neil Manke's classic They Hunger series coming with Sven Co-op 4.0! Also: Free copies of Half-Life for the needy :P.

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With ModDB recently posting a great "10 Years of Half-Life" video feature which included both They Hunger and Sven Co-op in its list of Top 5 third-party mods, it seemed like a good time to officially announce something that many of you may have already guessed at...

(Incidentally, "Quite possibly the best Half-Life mod of all time" is a pretty good quote. If we had a box, that'd be right on the front. Thanks ModDB -- your cheque is in the mail!)

The first episode of They Hunger Co-op is set to be included with the next Sven Co-op release, with the second following soon afterwards! Featuring numerous improvements in addition to co-operative multiplayer, it provides yet another incentive to re-play Black Widow Games' classic They Hunger series before its commercial follow-up They Hunger: Lost Souls comes out.

The images below show some of the changes that have been made to Episode 1. Note that we've been in contact with Neil Manke and the BWG team throughout development to ensure that it remains an authentic TH experience -- In fact, some changes actually bring it closer to their original vision.


Various sprites used for vegetation have been replaced with models, in addition to many other small visual improvements. The actual structure of the maps, story sequences etc. remain identical to the original, however.


Certain weapon models like the TH pistol and Thompson submachine gun (below) have been updated by Flewda. Weapons are replaced using SC4.0's new Global Model-Replacement system.


Outdoor lighting tends to be slightly darker, while the hard, inky shadows of the original are retained indoors. You can see Teddy's Zombie Otis in this shot, by the way. Being tougher than regular Zombie Cops, the addition of Otis helps to keep things challenging even with multiple players.


The TH Zombie Head (left) has been replaced with John Carpenter-style Headbugs (legs by Civilian^Soldier, assembled and animated by Peter Kavanaugh). Also, Shp!nx replaced the TH Snarks with an actual Zombie Rat. This brings them closer to what Black Widow Games originally had planned, but were forced to cut due to time constraints.


Sven Co-op's medkit looked out of place in They Hunger, so we made the syringe shown above (model by Peter Conneely, animated by Peter Kavanaugh). The green fluid is used for healing, while purple is used for revival. Note that players are also restricted to They Hunger player models on the TH maps via one of SC4.0's new customization features.

Keep an eye on SvenCoop.com for more They Hunger Co-op and Sven Co-op 4.0 news shortly.

(Sprite from Codename: Gordon)Valve was running a Steam special on Half-Life for its 10th birthday. Seemed like a great chance for people to pick up an extra copy for a friend or relative to play Sven Co-op with -- or for people who, for whatever reason, actually haven't played it before -- but I thought it must be frustrating for those without access to a valid payment method.

So anyway, we have [UPDATE: See below] or so copies of Half-Life to give away (we'll buy more if we can, but Steam has some sort of security feature that's preventing more than five purchases in a day). If you'd like one, just send us a brief note to explain why you can't easily get hold of one yourself. You don't need to be a starving orphan or anything, just something along the lines of "I don't have a credit card..." is OK. 'Prizes' will be delivered in the form of a Steam gift code (no physical copy). Obviously stocks are limited, so be quick.

Edit: The response to this has been much greater than I expected... I sort of assumed most people here would either have all the Half-Life they needed, or be able to buy from Steam, but apparently that's not the case.

UPDATE #2: Thanks to people's generous donations of HL1 gift codes, we now have a considerable number of copies to give away! Though the Steam sale is now over, we still have some left, so if you need one, just follow the instructions above.

UPDATE #3: Sorry, we're now out of copies to give away. See here for comments from some of the people who received copies.

It's Sven Co-op's 10th birthday pretty soon too, by the way. Looking like we should have a new version out before then.

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DerezzeDJack
DerezzeDJack

Really nice, I loved They Hunger. And then I can play it with friends! Awesome!

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mod-man-8
mod-man-8

This is looking great.
I knew that Oris was for They hunger.
Sven co-op FTW :D

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Whizzard
Whizzard

Yay, sounds sweet, cooperative and hungry.

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Nickelpat
Nickelpat

Awesome deal guys, but I already bought a copy for me, a friend, and soon my brother.

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Markzilla
Markzilla

I support this cause one hundred percent.

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treat
treat

to be honest, i never made it far through TH, it really did scare me at times. Can't wait for this, I'll be bashing in heads with my umbrella *and* my buddy.

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klichka
klichka

Sven Coop 4.0 is nearing completion?! I thought those words would never be in the same sentence. I thought Sven Coop was dead. This is exciting.

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happycheeze
happycheeze

I can't wait for 4.0, keep up the amazing work guys.

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Qu1f
Qu1f

Awesome to see.

Insidently I hope you have recieved my email :).

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Nelson340
Nelson340

Sent an email. (That comment from some other Half-Life mod was made by me from playing at a friend's house.)

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imkongkong
imkongkong

Give Left 4 Dead and i'll join D:

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Lt.SnoWolf
Lt.SnoWolf

Awsome cakes.

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jcep31
jcep31

hey can i have a hl 1 copy i just dont have any credit card...thanks

my email : dom1nat1on@yahoo.com

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kitethefallenangel
kitethefallenangel

I just wish I could play this game with players who'd play without rushing off without me.

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dangy5
dangy5

umm i kinda sended two emails one with dangy5@hotmail.com and one with jkel10@hotmail.com dont send to dangy5@hotmail.com it was a mistake thank you :P

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Nelson340
Nelson340

Wow, I'm surprised that I haven't gotten a reply yet. Or are you not replying to people you don't have a gift for?

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Armando92
Armando92

hi, i want hl too.
my email is arrodriguez1992@hotmail.com
plasse send me a gift :D
thanks

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SvenViking Author
SvenViking

Armando92 & jcep21: If you haven't already, you'll need to send an e-mail in as instructed in the news post.

Nelson340: Since there were more entries than we expected or had codes for, we were waiting until more entries came in so we could pick out the neediest of them. Now that so many copies have been donated it's looking like we won't need to turn many people away, though.

Either way, though, being busy with development too, going through this many e-mails may take a while.

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builderkid107
builderkid107

I would like to play decay...but i dont have half life 1...help? I dont have a credit card either and sooooo...help? :)

Btw:my username on steam is: builderkid107 and the avatar is soldiet from tf2

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