You are Barney Calhoun, a security guard at the Black Mesa Research Facility. Unknowingly to you, the next few hours of your shift will change your life forever...
Re-live the exciting adventure of Blue Shift on the award winning Source Engine and prepare for the shift of your life!
Welcome to Guard Duty.
- As a total conversion mod, Guard Duty aims to be composed of entirely custom content
- All original maps re-created and re-envisioned for better realism and gameplay.
- Some maps are enlarge/extended to create a more lengthy and immersive game.
- Improved AI, making enemies smarter and even more dangerous than ever before.
- More enemy encounters to keep the action fresh.
- Scripted scenes with all the original Blue Shift characters to help bring the story to life.
- Textures and models that will push the limit of the Source Engine, to bring you as much artistic detail as possible.
- All new voices, sounds and music.
- Multiplayer, which may (or may not) contain various game modes.
And much more!
If you watch the space, you hopefully have noticed we’re not dead. Although it has been a while since an update, we try to make waiting a bit easier with dev. blogs. These are only small glimpses into the development of our projects, but with this update, we think its time to open the curtain up a bit more than normal.
This year was a bit more hectic than the norm. We haven´t shared much about the games as we were swamped porting both projects to a new branch of Source engine. The Counter Strike: GlobalOffensive (CS:GO) branch to be exact.
This has opened many new avenues for development, giving an immediate boost to the visual fidelity of the games through cascaded shadow mapping and prop tinting to name a couple features. That said, we are not just porting the game to this branch and calling it good. We are currently in the process of implementing many custom systems, graphical enhancements, and gameplay elements that would just not have been possible before.You can expect more details in one of our future updates, so stay tuned!
As for general progress, all levels we had been working on are now ported to CS:GO branch, and a decent chunk are nearing more or less to something we would call finished. That said, we will be tweaking small details and balancing gameplay untill the very end of the development.
Speaking of gameplay, this is where our focus is shifting as level designers get chapter layouts and maps completed. From a code standpoint, all of the weapons seen Blue Shift and Opposing Forces are implemented,save for a few features here and there. Alongside the guns, the creatures that roam Black Mesa’s halls are coming along nicely aswell. Below, you can check out some of the characters you will *ahem* test....your firearms on.
And this time, we don´t mean via screenshot, but an actual animation reel! We also decided to show you some weapons in short ingame video. These are still work in progress and any feedback is welcome. To avoid any inconvenience regarding weapons in Guard Duty, these riggs are also for multiplayer, therefore M249 might not appear in Guard Duty single player campaign.
And now onto this new topic – NPCs. Our creature department is the farthest behind the others at the moment. If you are talented artist,we encourage you to apply to join our team to help bring life to the diezens that roam the dark halls of the desert facility. Please check our website to see what positions we are currently hiring for.
As always, if you have talent not listed in the current job openings, please feel free to apply for a position that you could shine in like the summer sun. For more on how to apply, please click this link.
And with all that said and shown, it’s sadly time to bring this update to a close. Although a release date is still not set in stone, we hope our continual updates and dev. blogs are helping ease the pain of waiting. To keep up with us, watch our Moddb page and chat with us on our official forums. We look forward to speaking to you all again soon!
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