Dark Interval is a restoration/revision mod that lets you play Half-Life 2 as it could have been: with custom maps, new voiced dialogue, new models and textures, all based on Valve's early concepts. The mod is released in episodes, the most recent being Dark Interval: Part I - an intro chapter to the bigger story.

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In our previous media update, we talked about postponing Dark Interval Part 2 due to sheer volume of planned new content. This update won’t include release date estimates or the “percentage” of work done so far. But we do have some tasteful and exciting things to show you.

First up is some of the Wasteland levels.

beach plant

beach under

The wasteland is a dangerous place. Two decades since the Black Mesa Incident left it ravaged by cataclysms, populated with old and new alien species, filled with poison and death.

beach soldier

beach view

Most of the wasteland maps are quite big; at their least, they compare in size with Highway 17/Sandtraps levels, but less restricted and drawn-out. Though ultimately linear, they’re still built around exploration and wandering.

docks

I know what you may think: the open world concept can fail hard on Source, when you get flat, empty maps that bore you and waste your time on having to traverse them. We’re well aware of it, and we’re doing our best to avoid it.

GAMEPLAY VIDEO

Below is a little demonstration of gameplay process, recorded on a map called “Scrapland”.

While the gameplay mechanics don’t differ from HL2 is any serious way, we feel that it captures our idea and mood of the wasteland that was cut from the final game.

Disclaimer: some of the shown content is present for demo purposes only, and everything is potential subject to change. This is still work in progress.

For the maps in the above screenshots - “Beach” and “Haven” - we drew inspiration from both old maps and some concepts. Beach is reminiscent of old Depot entrance levels, while Haven is inspired by prototype wasteland maps from 2002.

Scrapland, on the other hand, doesn’t have any one prototype. Instead, it reflects the general idea of having a vast desolate area filled with remnants of old tech, junk, ruins, sand, and danger.

MODEL GALLERY

We started using Sketchfab and uploaded some of our models for preview. Newest additions are Consulcast Device, retextured Dropship & Camo soldier, and Houndeyes.

The alien polyps were already uploaded last year, though not shared on ModDB.

Since Sketchfab render is different from Source, the models often look a bit different from in-game (mostly they lack specialised effects).

cluster ingame

camo ingame

TELL US WHAT YOU THINK

Our Discord is still there and you can join at any moment.

Tell us what you make of this update. We’re really looking forward to what the mod will achieve in the new year.

Dark Interval - Summary of 2018 so far

Dark Interval - Summary of 2018 so far

News 27 comments

What we achieved since the last official update. Showing progress made on updating original maps and explaining why the next installment is being delayed...

Dark Interval Part I - Patch 1.1

Dark Interval Part I - Patch 1.1

News 7 comments

Patch 1.1 is live! Full changelog at the end of the article.

Dark Interval: Part I Released!

Dark Interval: Part I Released!

News 26 comments

Part I is up! Grab the file from the Files section. Detailed instructions below.

Attention, citizens

Attention, citizens

News 6 comments

Dark Interval: Chapter II is being pushed back to find more room for improvment. Don't worry and stay tuned. Also, read the whole thing, please.

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Dark Interval Part I - Patch 1.1

Dark Interval Part I - Patch 1.1

Patch 21 comments

Patch 1.1 is live! Lip syncing, bug fixes, improved visuals, and even new main menu theme music! See description for more info...

Dark Interval: Part I (upd. with Patch 1.1)

Dark Interval: Part I (upd. with Patch 1.1)

Full Version 87 comments

Dark Interval: Part I contains 4 new chapters - Prologue, Welcome to City 17, Manhack Arcade and Kleiner's Lab.

DI Patch #1 - a patch for Chapter I

DI Patch #1 - a patch for Chapter I

Patch

Unpack into \sourcemods\, overwrite existing files. This patch is cumulative - in includes changes from DI Hotfix #00. Patch info: - Added autosave triggers...

DI Hotfix #00

DI Hotfix #00

Patch

An extra quick hotfix for the English version. Fixes missing chapter title in the bonus chapter and missing dialogue captions in the Terminal.

Dark Interval: Chapter I

Dark Interval: Chapter I

Demo 29 comments

ZIP archive contaning Dark Interval: Chapter I. Unpack in Steam\Steamapps\Sourcemods, download/install Source SDK Base 2013 Singpleplayer in Steam>My...

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UkraLife
UkraLife

Уверен что я не первый кто спрашивает, выйдет ли часть 2 в 2019 или 2020?

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hillionliat
hillionliat

Они не будут это говорить так как не хотят себя ограничивать во времени и следующих переносов даты релиза

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hillionliat
hillionliat

Just replayed Half-Life 1 and got curious since you are going to combine Xen ecosystem with earth's ecosystem are there going to be healing pools and those violet grapes things that shoot electricity at you just question of interest nothing more

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A-Shift Creator
A-Shift

Purple things - nah, nothing too interesting about them. Heling pools - hard to say at this point, if they can fit in our gameplay balance

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CrimsonTip
CrimsonTip

Goddamn. This mod looks amazing. Every time I come here I just pour over the images. Fantastic quality.

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sadaesthetic
sadaesthetic

(buried)

My PC doesn't seem to wanna let 7z work, so is there a possibility that you could make a regular ZIP file that I could download? I really want this mod but my computer dislikes me
and Winrar wants money to exist on my computer so

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hillionliat
hillionliat

I'm sorry but what da hell why did you dislike this guy comment so much that it got buried he just asked a simple question

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Cvoxalury Creator
Cvoxalury

I was trying to get it back but it's just hopeless now

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elektro115
elektro115

My boi, you can use 7zip too, it's the best alternative to Winrar.

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sadaesthetic
sadaesthetic

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My computer refuses to install it, so wdym by "you can use 7zip too"?

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hillionliat
hillionliat

What error does it show when you try to install

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sadaesthetic
sadaesthetic

I don't remember, but for some reason today it installed properly. I just finished playing.

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Cvoxalury Creator
Cvoxalury

I hope you liked it enough to stay around for the update. Looking back, Part 1 wasn't the top of our game but we've since addressed a lot of issues on those maps.

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DemoMan89
DemoMan89

"kids these days"

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A-Shift Creator
A-Shift

You don't need to pay anything to use winrar.

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As of date, this is the most complete and well-done take on the old storyline. In addition, despite being the beginning of the game, there is plenty to offer in terms of gameplay. I'm definitely looking forward to the next chapters

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