Awakening on a crashed train with only sparse memories of the past, and advanced combat tactics for fighting the enemies of Our Benefactors, step into the mind of a resistance fighter troubled by long lost memories as-well as mental and physical augmentation. The world we knew is gone, and all that remains is the oppressive Combine regime and the seemingly endless fight against them. Team up with the remaining resistance and explore locations both old and new in Outcast.

  • View media
  • View media
  • View media
  • View media
  • View media
  • View media
Post article RSS Articles

Hello once again everyone, and happy new year! I want to start off this article by thanking each and everyone one of you. If you aren't aware, we were chosen by the community as number 9 for ModDB's Upcoming Mods of 2023. While a small milestone for most, for us it was a huge shock. We were super happy to see the community coming out with so much support for us during this time. Thank you everyone for believing in this project, we hope to bring even more stuff out in 2024. Now, lets jump in to some of what has been worked on.


MAP UPDATES


Over the past several months I have been constantly working on the chapter one maps. Gameplay, layout, scripting, everything is being touched up on. The most focused on map has been the very first map of chapter one. We want the wasteland to have a big first impression, so while there's a lot of stuff we can't show yet, there is some I want to show.

Beware that this map has only been properly artpassed by Marco once, and will be subject to many more.

First we'll start with the typical changes to the scene you've all looked at many many times. The starting area has been touched up on a lot more, once again. This time with changes to lighting, detail, layout, and even added scenes. Here's a look at a well known view.

wastelandstart new


This map is large and detailed. We're pushing the budget pretty far while still staying in playable and enjoyable framerates. I've been spending a lot of time recently going through and applying proper optimization techniques. LOD models, prop fade distances, hint/skip and area portals have all received their fair share of work in this map. It still needs work to be satisfactory, but it is much more improved than it was a month ago.

To continue my trend of reworking the Xen Infestation areas, this beloved(by myself) area has not missed out.

wastelandstart xen


And some more progress on a previously shown area.

xenfestation midsection


Aside from this stuff you've all seen many times now, i have added on entire new sections to the rebel camp. It is now a fully playable area, with several sights to see and many encounters. I will show some images of the new camp.

shantyoverview


shanty dyingjoe


shanty brokenwall


shanty lookout 1


shanty lookout


shanty upropes


This wasn't the only map I worked on however. The second map has also received tons of work, but is still pretty work in progress. It requires a good bit of gameplay and scripting, as well as detailing/artpassing.

pavillion


I'm pretty happy with this map so far, but there is a lot more stuff i would like to add.

lakeside


waste02 view


waste02 lightstalkvan


houndsagain


Nothing is cooler than seeing the houndeyes roaming in the foggy distance, minding their own business.

One of the things you may notice is the new mountain models. These are not completely finished yet, as I would like to give them higher quality textures. In this foggy map, it works quite well and adds a lot to the skybox, making the area feel much more expansive than it already is.


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT


You may have noticed this update took a bit longer than usual, and doesn't go too in-depth. This is for a reason. For the past several months I have been working incredibly hard on lots of things behind the scenes for Outcast. Animations, scenes, maps, programming, modelling has all been done, and lots of it. Of course, we want most of this to be experienced on everyones first playthrough, with the articles simply showing off some less important stuff. So, after sitting on this idea for several months we are happy to announce..

The Outcast: Part One Demo.

Originally, I had planned to make a small demo with various random areas from the game. This was in 2021. At the time I had no idea what I was doing, and as a result the planning and work that went into that was mostly for nothing as all of that was scrapped. When we switched to the part focused release, we thought it would be pointless to have a demo. As time has gone on and we're seeing its taking quite a while to get all of part one done, we have decided to work exclusively on the first few maps that were already mostly finished, and pack them into a demo. Don't worry though, the rest of part one is still being worked on, focus has just shipped to finished the demo levels first. Let's discuss what this demo will contain.

The demo will contain three maps. The prologue map and the first two maps of chapter one. Players will get to experience the opening of the game, as well as get a taste of what the wasteland chapter has in store for them. Now, i know the question on everyones mind. "When is it coming?"

SOON

The first map is almost ready. The other two maps have good progress, but the second wasteland map in particular has a lot of things I want to add to it. I also have some assets and programming to get finished, but luckily most of that is already complete. Marco and I will be working very hard in the next few months to get this playable and fun. We hope to release this within the next few months, April at the latest. With that being said, we will likely not make another update until the demo releases. This is so we can stay focused on making the demo maps as polished as possible. Stay tuned, and before then here's a small teaser of the first map.


And for the fans of our Beyond the Bar competitions, expect an announcement regarding BTB2 soon!

We hope everyone enjoyed this article. Thank you everyone for a fantastic year for source modding. We look forward to bringing you great things this year. As always, if you have any questions or would like to leave some feedback you can join us here in the Discord Server or message me at Zapagoogas on Discord. Thanks, see y'all next time.

October 2023 Progress Update

October 2023 Progress Update

News 11 comments

Going over the various new map changes, models, animations, npcs, and more that was worked on over the past few months.

July Progress Update

July Progress Update

News 3 comments

Going over map changes, new models, work on a new Antlion npc, the start of chapter 2, and more.

June Progress Update

June Progress Update

News 6 comments

Going over updates to maps, new textures, new models and animations, and even a new NPC in development.

May Progress Update

May Progress Update

News 8 comments

Going over the new map in progress, texturing and animations, and another new NPC being worked on.

Comments  (0 - 10 of 51)
StaniAndSlave
StaniAndSlave - - 27 comments

awesome, I want to do something similar

Reply Good karma Bad karma+1 vote
Guest
Guest - - 693,161 comments

Looks beautiful

Reply Good karma Bad karma+1 vote
Guest
Guest - - 693,161 comments

will it be released in steam?

Reply Good karma Bad karma0 votes
zapagoogas Creator
zapagoogas - - 40 comments

At the moment we have no plans to release on Steam, only on ModDB.

Reply Good karma+1 vote
Guest
Guest - - 693,161 comments

This comment is currently awaiting admin approval, join now to view.

ReezeTheVampire
ReezeTheVampire - - 3,941 comments

Looks great so far. Keep up the good work!

Reply Good karma Bad karma+1 vote
Shamel-life
Shamel-life - - 1 comments

I'm waiting to play it it's look cool

Reply Good karma Bad karma+2 votes
SplatLue19
SplatLue19 - - 16 comments

So I think what to say, what to say...

And yes, congratulations on achieving 9th place in the upcoming mods category, I won't lie that thanks to this I found out about this project.

I mainly watch it because it reminds me a lot of one of the maps from Half life 2 Beta where you entered the station, killing the combine to get on the upper trainstation to get onto train, probably going to the Depot.

Despite this, I also watch it because of how awesome it looks, really, even though it's a wasteland, you can see how much work you put into it and how many details it has :D

I'm eagerly awaiting the demo to see this beauty with my own eyes :>

Reply Good karma Bad karma+2 votes
justinjaewonlee
justinjaewonlee - - 161 comments

Where's the Discord link?

Reply Good karma Bad karma+1 vote
zapagoogas Creator
justinjaewonlee
justinjaewonlee - - 161 comments

Thank you. 1 question. Do you guys plan to have the cut locations, cut weapons and the cut characters in this mod or not?

Reply Good karma Bad karma+1 vote
zapagoogas Creator
zapagoogas - - 40 comments

This mod will feature some cut weapons and locations from HL2, however no characters. The story of Outcast is being written completely from scratch, and is a completely different story from any official cut/retail Half Life game. We reuse the cut wasteland concept, deriving heavily from Marc Laidlaws vignettes. Same with concepts such as the Air Exchange, and our City 6, which is heavily inspired by 2001 City 17.

Reply Good karma+1 vote
justinjaewonlee
justinjaewonlee - - 161 comments

Nice. ^^.

Reply Good karma Bad karma+1 vote
Post a comment
Sign in or join with:

Only registered members can share their thoughts. So come on! Join the community today (totally free - or sign in with your social account on the right) and join in the conversation.

X

Latest posts from @outcast_dev

RT @ModDB: June Progress Update by @outcast_dev for Half-Life 2 shows updates to maps, textures, models, animations, and NPC. T.co

Jun 28 2023

New monthly update article going over new models, textures, animations, and more. Check it out here: Moddb.com

Jun 27 2023

Outcast Teaser 1- The Antlion King T.co

Jun 16 2023

Here’s an early look at the Gas Scanner model in-game, with the new texture T.co

May 31 2023

RT @UncannyMotif: New post on kofi! Unknown Scanner Synth Commission! Ko-fi.com T.co

May 28 2023

The May progress update is out! This month, we talk about the new map being worked on, new animations and textures,… T.co

May 28 2023

Psst… we’re hosting a HL2 Beta themed mapping competition called Beyond the Bar! The goal is to create a playable m… T.co

May 19 2023

Operation FORCC is now available! This was a blast to work on, and we hope you enjoy what we’ve created. Don’t forg… T.co

May 2 2023

New update article showing off progress from April. Check it out here Moddb.com T.co

Apr 26 2023

Despite the many dangers of the wasteland, some citizens may choose to take their chances out there, rather than in… T.co

Apr 18 2023