A redux of the cancelled mod from August 2016. Utilising content from developer repositories and some originally created parts, Half Life 2: Raising the Bar Redux will aim to recreate at part of the vision the original developers had for the game, as well as developing our own. RTB:R centres around a thematic melding of the HL2 Alpha, Beta, and Retail concepts, as well as our own ideas, to create a unique and complete experience.

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Half Life 2: Raising the Bar REDUX: Update V2.6, including map progress, weapons progress, and a video!

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Half Life 2: Raising the Bar REDUX: Update V2.6


Hi, everyone. Welcome to Update V2.6, from the Raising the Bar Redux team. This update, we thought we’d try a slightly different format. To that end, we’ve created a new YouTube for the mod – the link to that will be at the end of the update post on ModDB. We’re excited to show progress in a number of fields today. You can also view the update in video format right here:


rtbr_d1_construction Progress

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Construction Site Exterior


constructionsite2

Construction Site Interior


The first is the construction site map, designed and developed by Jan. With Joshua Weber’s unfortunate departure from the team, Jan picked up the baton after making some good changes to his Arcade map – which you’ll be seeing just after this – and continued development on the construction site. Having laid a good foundation, Jan has been building on and improving what Joshua started before.

rtbr_d1_arcade Near-Finalised

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Arcade Interior 1


arcade   Copy

Arcade Interior 2


Next is some additional improvements made by Jan to his Manhack Arcade map. Although his primary focus is now the construction site, before moving on, he made some great improvements to the arcade, as you can see. Though some final touches may still need doing, the map is mostly finished in layout and design, with proper gameplay being the only thing needed here now.

Improved Worldmodels

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OICW Worldmodel


sniperw

Sniper Rifle Worldmodel


A quick interlude before we move on to other maps being developed by the team – I’ve been working on improving the now-outdated HL2 world models with some techniques I learned from Joshcka – who did the SMG, Combine Guard Gun, Shotgun, HMG, and Pistol textures – and also from Leo – who did the HMG and MP5K animations. Although there’s still a few guns left to do, as you can see, the sniper and OICW have definitely benefited from this treatment (some other changes were made to the viewmodels of the weapons, but those will be discussed a little later).

rtbr_d1_trainstation

trainstation


VaxPax, our new mapper, has been hard at work prototyping and building a trainstation map with which to start the RTBR adventure. Although there’s still work left to be done, as you can see, He’s made good progress getting the fundamentals down, as well as some details.

rtbr_d1_alley

alley


The final map you’re seeing here may not look like much yet, but, coming from Owen – who did our Terminal and Lab maps – you can expect it to be great. Without giving away too much, let’s just say…there might be the possibility of complimentary televisions…

Weapon Texture Redesigns

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OICW Viewmodel


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Sniper Viewmodel


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Alyxgun Viewmodel


Finally, in light of the very positive response our green-accented weapons have received, I’ve been going through some older weapons and improving their textures to match those done by Joshcka, using his as a basis. So far, the sniper rifle and OICW have received this treatment, and the AKM has had the brown parts recoloured to the RTBR green to fit better, too. The other image you’re seeing is the Alyxgun, improved with higher-quality textures and normal mapping. At the moment, it’s primarily being used as a testbed, however, for new Pistol animations.

Finishing Up: Team Roles

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That concludes the written portion of Update V2.6! Before ending, we’d like to announce a few roles we’re looking for on the team at this moment:

  • A dedicated weapons animator
  • An intermediate-skilled mapper (like Jan)
  • An experienced mapper (like Owen)

If any of these positions interest you, please add me on discord at Kralich#0901. All of the details about job postings will also be in the video update. The link to our youtube is here: Youtube.com

Thanks for watching, and come back next time for more!

Kralich/Gonzo/David

Comments
TheRenegadist
TheRenegadist

Great update guys and that's putting it lightly.

Question, you mentioned the trainstation being the start of the adventure. Is the wasteland train intro not going to be in the mod or is this where that train will eventually end up?

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Kralich/Gonzo Author
Kralich/Gonzo

It is, but Owen (who is the mapper with the most experience) will probably be handling that, and he's busy with another map at the moment. Thus, VaxPax is putting together the climax of that section, whilst Owen will pick it up and create the first part first.

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HEVcrab
HEVcrab

'Weapon Texture Redesigns' paragraph shows weapon viewmodels, not worldmodels. :)

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Kralich/Gonzo Author
Kralich/Gonzo

Thanks for pointing that out, this is why I shouldn't write updates at 12am, haha :)

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SpookyTheCuteGhost
SpookyTheCuteGhost

What can i say, it's great!

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Kralich/Gonzo Author
Kralich/Gonzo

Many thanks!

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Blue199
Blue199

I simply love that OICW model, both world and viewmodel! The sniper rifle worldmodel is great too. I generally like how you make the human weapons more uniform, in a way that they look like they are made for and used by a single faction. And the trainstation looks great too! Pretty dark and moody but at the same time realistic, which is what beta lacked for me in some parts, if I can say so. Overall good job!

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Kralich/Gonzo Author
Kralich/Gonzo

Thanks!

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Chyvachok
Chyvachok

Alyxgun world model have unfolding into rifle animation, and some mod have that feature, interesting will it have this functionality, or it will be just burst-fire or auto pistol?

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Kralich/Gonzo Author
Kralich/Gonzo

The alyxgun is not 100% for certain going to be used by the players, so nothing more than a switch for automatic and burst-fire functionality has been added.

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NOVλ
NOVλ

Fantastic!

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Vanixty
Vanixty

Will you be making maps like e3_industrial or wasteland? Also are you going to make the NPC'S have their beta skin sorta like in the leak of Half - Life 2?

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Kralich/Gonzo Author
Kralich/Gonzo

Beta skins for most NPCs are being implemented, yes :)

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Kralich/Gonzo Author
Kralich/Gonzo

thanks, I think :p

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