Story

In the depths of the Black Mesa Research Facility, a rumbling noise. It was not loud, yet seemed louder than mere decibels would suggest in the furtive, creaking hush of the facility's underbelly.

There are those who, when the time comes, take control of their own destinies. The right people in the wrong place.

Maurice Andrews was thrown from his feet by the chaos that followed the Resonance Cascade, tearing and deforming the once familiar facility around his unconscious form. Even at this, Andrews, a low-level engineer could not possibly know the full extent of the incident and upon waking he has only one clear objective: Get to the surface.

Even with the support of other survivors met along the way, however, nothing could prepare him for the adventure ahead, the heavy handed presence of the military of the creatures whose existence they were sent to cover up...

Gameplay

Half-Life: The Core is a classic retelling of the events surrounding the Resonance Cascade disaster from a new perspective; that of Engineer Maurice Andrews. Without using bolted-on engine modifications, Half-Life: The Core will provide a grand single-player experience featuring intense action, complex puzzles and believable narrative through all-new locations in Black Mesa with remarkable visual fidelity, pacing and humour.

Requirements

Any PC capable of running the original Half-Life game will be able to run Half-Life: The Core, however due to the increased resolution for the textures as well as the ambitious scale of some of the areas, slight framerate drops may be noticeable on older or budget systems. We employ advanced optimisation techniques to minimise this, and most players will not exprience any framerate loss.

The Developers

Almost entirely created by just two people, Half-Life: The Core is the endeavour of Andy Morris & James Archibald, with coding from TWHL's Penguinboy - developer of the Sledge Editor Hammer alternative. They try to be friendly and approachable and will answer any questions or comments left on articles or media. On ModDB, their usernames are monster_urby & Archie_SnC.

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So, I made a post at the start of the year stating that The Core would in fact NOT be coming out by March 31st. I also said that some time within 2021 was still a realistic goal.

This is sadly no longer the case. The reason being, I got a new job. Well... a second job I should say.

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Earlier this year, I reacted to a piece of concept art put out by 3DRealms on Twitter. I was... a little excited trying to wrap my mind around what this unannounced FPS game could be. Then, out of nowhere, I was contacted by Frederik Schreiber, the Vice President and Executive Producer at 3DRealms. Long story short, he offered me a job and I pounced on the opportunity.

So I am now officially a level designer at 3DRealms, working on two projects. One is Core Decay, an immersive sim along the lines of Deus Ex and System Shock, as well as another unannounced FPS title. This is basically what I will be doing during the time when I would usually be working on The Core. Obviously, this means that I won't have a whole lot of time for this anymore, at least for the near future. Who knows what lies ahead.

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For the record, I am NOT cancelling the mod. A lot of people have done far too much work on this for it to be outright scrapped. I'm simply saying that updates will be a lot more scarce for the time being and the release date is once again up in the air.

Hopefully, in the meantime, you will enjoy the work I provide for the projects over at 3DRealms? :)

As always, I will remain active on Twitter (@Urby1986) and on Discord should you wish to vent at me, but I'm sure you can appreciated that this is a really great opportunity that I don't intend to squander.

All the best,
Urby

Happy New Year...

Happy New Year...

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First of all, let me just say on behalf of everyone working on The Core, Happy New Year! Let's hope 2021 is a little better for all of us. Unfortunately...

We now have a Discord server

We now have a Discord server

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Yes, we have a Discord server. It has come to a point where it seemed that it would probably be a good idea to set up a Discord server dedicated to The...

The Core - Summer 2020 Update

The Core - Summer 2020 Update

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September is upon us! Roughly one year after we announced The Core's release date (Prior to us pushing it back by six months earlier this year) progress...

Spring 2020 Update

Spring 2020 Update

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While we have been continuing to work on The Core, there has been some additional strain due to recent events. In light of this, we have come to the point...

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Waterf0x
Waterf0x

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So I suppose that since you got a 'real' job, the mod is just destined to be hung up and dried out. I've been waiting to play this mod for a couple years, and I've officially lost hope. Riling up fans just to leave them high and dry, how pathetic.

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monster_urby Creator
monster_urby

The mod isn't being hung up or dried out, it's simply not MY primary focus right now. I've said before that I'm not the only person working on the mod.

Also, we've all had a 'real' jobs the whole time we've been working on The Core. In my case, I have two 'real' jobs.

Third, and I'm not trying to sound like a **** here, but we're not indebted to anyone with this mod. The only thing anybody has spent on this mod is time, and that's exclusively on me and my co-developers. We are not legally obligated to release anything, we're not being paid by anyone. We have jobs, we have families and we have responsibilities so it goes without saying certain things will always take priority.

If you consider that pathetic, nobody is asking you to stick around. You're free to leave. Peace.

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R3DHOT
R3DHOT

Imo it's pathetic to be this entitled. I'm sure you have other things to do.

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BrodyBear7
BrodyBear7

you should use this model for the pistol
Moddb.com

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monster_urby Creator
monster_urby

The pistol in The Core is a glock and this has been replaced on the various NPC models as well. We don't intend to change it at this point.

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garlicbutts
garlicbutts

Hey man, take all the time you need. We waited 14 years for a new Half Life game didn't we?

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Yckin
Yckin

and it sucked

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XZodiac
XZodiac

The guy is correct, Half Life Alyx really sucked for being only available for VR, thumbs down for Valve on this one

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monster_urby Creator
monster_urby

Not a fan of Alyx?

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Daburubareru
Daburubareru

Will there be a 2022 article for the core? :)

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monster_urby Creator
monster_urby

Just as soon as we have something to write about. :)

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