Cosmonaut is a Half-Life Two: Episode Two mod that recreates the style of game-play from the Half-Life series whilst providing a variety of locations to explore as you encounter Combine Soldiers, Antlions, and a wide range of other enemies. The mod sticks to the formula that worked in Half-Life Two in the hope that it is fun to play, and brings about many nostalgic memories. The mod is set on earth with a very loose premise. You play as a cosmonaut who has had to abandon their space station, but upon arriving back on earth, discover that the place has been overrun by the combine. What happens next? Do you give in to the Combine army, or do you resist and use your skills to find some way of escaping? The mod was initially made for a mapping challenge that took place on RunThinkShootLive.com, called NostalgiaVille. After the challenge had been released, the current maps where updated and new maps where created to give some closure to the mod.

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That’s right! Cosmonauts release is getting closer. This Half-Life 2: Episode 2 mod was made in the style of the Half-Life games with the intention of it being fun and also bringing about nostalgic memories. It includes a lot of the enemies seen in the games, such as the combine forces and antlions whilst also containing sections where you have to solve puzzles or explore interesting locations. It is more game-play focused than story focused but it has a general premise to set the scene.

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That’s right! Cosmonauts release is getting closer. This Half-Life 2: Episode 2 mod was made in the style of the Half-Life games with the intention of it being fun and also bringing about nostalgic memories. It includes a lot of the enemies seen in the games, such as the combine forces and antlions whilst also containing sections where you have to solve puzzles or explore interesting locations. It is more game-play focused than story focused but it has a general premise to set the scene.

Cosmonaut Rocket

This time last year, I had just started work on the third map and was in the process of polishing the second map. Of course back then, I was making it for NostalgiaVille which was a mapping challenge that was hosted on RunThinkShootLive.com by Niker107. The mod has come a long way since then with a few maps begin added to extend the mod after the place it left off in NostalgiaVille Cosmonaut.

The introduction area of NostalgiaVille Cosmonaut. Made 1 year ago.

After NostalgiaVille, I was given some useful feedback and suggestions, a lot of which was similar, so I set about revamping Cosmonaut. It has gone through a few iterations with levels being made and then cut, characters being written then cut, (to the point where there are no longer any characters) and huge adjustments being made to make the game play as fun as possible. The levels where finished in January but there were a lot of changes that needed to be made so I did expect to have it out earlier, but over time I improved the mod. After spending a year on it I have learned so much about level design and environment design and hope to create similar mods in the future.

In terms of progress, everything is done. It has been tested by a few people and adjusted to ensure that nothing goes horribly wrong on launch. (I have probably just jinxed it now) There are just a few final tests to be done and then it will be released. I have no idea how long it will take but I know it will not be too long. I made a video about 3 weeks ago to mark the one year anniversary of the development of Cosmonaut where I talked about expectations of the mod and what the mod provides in terms of story.

You can view the video here.

I hope that Cosmonaut is fun and enjoyable when it gets released. I will keep you all up to date on progress.

Until next time...

Dolmo

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lowenz
lowenz

The map pack perfectly NAILED the HL2 feeling but please, rework the intro sequence! It really doesn't make justice to the rest of the pack!

We got an instant classic here!

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zuthen
zuthen

did stalker have a baby with half life? find out, this week in cosmonaut.

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