A cut-content restoration mod, Raising the Bar: Redux places heavy emphasis on the lesser known concepts from the entirety of Half-Life's development cycle, as well as original ideas. RTB:R will meld together the cut content from all periods of Half-Life into one unique whole.

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Raising the Bar: Redux April Fools 2019 Update, featuring all-new themes of the mod.

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Raising the Bar: Redux April Fools 2019 Update

Welcome everyone to our April update! We know we very recently released a March update, but we had some exciting new project updates to inform everyone of and some great new progress to show since ten days ago. We’re sure you’ll love what we have in store!

Engine Change

Much like other Half-Life projects, we’ve decided Source just doesn’t cut it for the feel we’re going for. As a result, we are officially moving to Goldsrc, but only for the Free TVs map – the rest of the mod will still be on Source, sadly. We’re hoping we can organically force the level transition in Source to start up the Goldsrc version of the mod, but we’re still testing it.

Construction Site Revamp

The extremely positive reviews of the construction site in March was very nice to see, and we trimmed down the reason why to the marvellous looking crane present in the map. Thus, we decided to give you, the community, what you want more of – cranes, apparently. Twenty seven cranes, to be exact. The amount of verticality afforded by this many cranes will allow the player to reach all new heights of gameplay.

Art Direction

In light of our recent anniversary, we decided to go back to our routes and revisit the concept of green guns. Before, we think we didn’t pursue this idea with enough pride and accomplished, and we’re pleased that, with newfound pride and accomplishment, the pride and accomplishment displayed within these weapon textures will, in turn, imbue players with a sense of pride and accomplishment.

Mod Mascot

Every good project and mod has a mascot, right? We decided it was about time we got ours. Say hello to Wally Waffle! He’s actually a pancake but we prefer this name over Peter Pancake – with that name it became sentient and kept explaining memes to the rest of the team. He’ll be our official mascot going forward.

Mod Scope

Whilst we still have the Goldsrc version of Free TVs and our newly-refined construction site map, we also felt we ought to rethink our scope as a mod project. The leak storyline is a huge undertaking, and so we decided we’d provide an alternate storyline that consists of one brief but densely-packed map, covering all the major bases – the train arrival, Free TVs, and the showdown with Breen. Take a look:

Weapon Sounds

Finally, our new sound designer has been hard at work redesigning the sounds of some of our iconic weapons. These new additions were tweaked in relation to the tools we had on hand as a team, making them very authentic for our purpose. We worry about our tinnitus-afflicted players, and so wanted to soften up the sounds with recordings from real-life Airsoft weaponry. Take a listen:

Endorsements

We think everything we’ve shown in this update is pretty solid, and we’re pleased to showcase it – but don’t just take it from us! Take a listen to what some iconic characters from Valve’s repertoire thought of our new additions:

Wrapping Up

That concludes our April Update! We hope you’re just as excited for the future of RTBR as we are, with this newfound sense of direction. We do have one opening on the team:

-Marc Laidlaw: We wanted to refine our story closer to the Half-Life canon, and who better than the original writer to help do it? Please note – impersonators don’t count.

Thanks for listening, and tune in next time for more!

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SkootRoot
SkootRoot

I legit want those pancakes to be the mods mascot tho

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A-Shift
A-Shift

"Twenty seven cranes, to be exact"
Hmmm, Gordon Freeman is 27 years old in HL1, and Free TVs map will now use Goldsrc... Gordon Freeman confirmed as the mod's protagonist!

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MuzE
MuzE

wh

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AmbientNoise
AmbientNoise

Aw crap, he's onto us!

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Papasifis
Papasifis

*she's

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Blue199
Blue199

Beta never looked bettyer!

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Magic_Nipples
Magic_Nipples

I mean it looks like a typical update.

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Kralich/Gonzo Author
Kralich/Gonzo

Glad you like it!

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Dr_Ballus_Breen
Dr_Ballus_Breen

The funny part is how this isn’t even that different than a normal update

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Kralich/Gonzo Author
Kralich/Gonzo

Glad you enjoyed!

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CyborgParrot
CyborgParrot

Like your mum.

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oden33390
oden33390

I actually hope they keep the tinnitus friendly sounds as options

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The-Turkish-Man
The-Turkish-Man

aWeSoMe!1!1!

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Krychur
Krychur

Looks great so far! I love the new toy guns we will be getting! :D

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Tezmatic
Tezmatic

Man This Update looks real good!

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tundra12
tundra12

Nice April fool's update.

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9seed
9seed

1/10 not enough green.

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PowerMind
PowerMind

Is that mascot going to be an easter egg in game? It'd be so tight.

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Dune_Jumper
Dune_Jumper

Is this inspired by HDTF?

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LeoJFC
LeoJFC

What?

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