Half-Life: Opposing Force is an expansion pack for Valve Software's science fiction first-person shooter video game Half-Life. The game was developed by Gearbox Software and published by Sierra Entertainment on November 1, 1999. Opposing Force is the first expansion for Half-Life and was first announced in April 1999. Randy Pitchford, the lead designer on the game, later noted that he believed Gearbox was selected to develop Opposing Force because Valve wanted to concentrate on their future projects. Over the course of development, Gearbox brought in a variety of outside talent from other areas of the video games industry to help bolster various aspects of design. Opposing Force returns to the same setting as Half-Life, but instead portrays the events from the perspective of a U.S. Marine, one of the enemy characters in the original game. The player character, Adrian Shephard.
10 years ago the first version of Sandpit was released - it wasn't much - just the spawn menu and a few monsters from Half-Life, all based off some VGUI tutorials by Richard Zad at The Wavelength. For the next few years Sandpit got lots of updates with lots of features but by 2010 other projects (like Sandbot) had started to take up more time.
In 2013 full-time work rolled around and not a lot of programming got done for fun anymore, but the updates to Half-Life and the release of the updated SDK re-ignited some interest and Sandpit started getting some more attention again. In the background, work on Basis got moved to new Half-Life SDK.
In 2015 a new job meant more desire to finally get Sandpit v4 to happen. Until then nothing had really been done beyond patching a code-base that was very obviously messy and in need of some love. Basis was tidied up and released publicly in 2015 and in 2016 and a new Sandpit was forked off Basis to take advantage of the fixes and structure that it brought. Work continued slowly for the next little while, but by the second half of 2018 it was still far from completion. The looming 10 year anniversary of Sandpit meant a lot of work got done in September, October and November of 2018 to get the most important features done in time.
There's still lots more planned for Sandpit (follow Sandpit to stay informed) - here's to another 10 years!
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