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Through The City End Of The Year Article. Future plans, what happened with Overwatch Reinforcement and more!

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Hello It’s Kajlo here!

Last time when I updated you about the mod was back in August when we released Overwatch Reinforcement. It was an un-complete version of what was meant to fully appear this year, I wasn’t happy about how it turned out so it got scrapped and became “Director’s Cut”. Even some of the people weren’t happy about the results either, I finally decided to rewrite the storyline and make up everything from the start (again)

I’m currently focusing on finishing the mod completely without any early access release, I might throw out a single short demo one day but that haven’t been decided yet. The mod’s estimated release is still 2023 so that isn’t changing. Through The City is going to be shorter than it was originally intended.

Brand new Level Design from scratch.

All of the maps from the Overwatch Reinforcement Release are scrapped. None of them will appear in the final release, they were already “completed” and it was hard to do any improvements anyway and also they were very messy as well, best decision right now is to remake everything from scratch.

New Trainstation Level


Second Trainstation Level


The Canals


Old Refugee underground base


Remember that these are still work in progress and all of the materials showed here might get changed!

Custom Weapons

Custom animations for the weapons are no longer a thing. Re-animated look for them was giving a different feeling. There will be portions where the weapons will have a bit different animations but they all should resemble the original style that HL2 had. And also huge thanks to Bacon for helping with coding, I have added a new arsenal of weapons that Adrian Shephard is going to use:

Pipe Wrench


Desert Eagle


Combine Sniper Rifle


The Overwatch Reinforcement Cannon


Skwallie and his concept arts

Nearly 16 days after the Director’s Cut version I have managed to contact Skwallie and get him on the team. Skwallie is known for his absolutely amazing artwork and he helped on drawing a lot of new model designs and improved the old ones and you should see them!

Xen Parasite Infection

Alien Parasite Concept Art

This was originally meant to be a parasite produced by the Combine that could’ve been spread using dusty orange clouds in one of the areas in the game however, I decided to change that into a Xen Creature that infects other organisms in the surrondings naturally. Antlion Guard was the only one appearing with the infection but now it evolved to even Zombies, Headcrabs, Antlions and even the Strider! This is simply inspired by the Xen fauna in Half-Life: Alyx



The main antagonist of the mod, Olivia is a combine commander and also the manager of the Overwatch Reinforcement Fortress qualified to be very useful but not as useful as the combine would expect. She will appear several times in the mod, you will encounter her piloting a combine helicopter and using upgraded combine weapons coming from her fortress. She already appeared in The Awoken and the Overwatch Reinforcement release.

The Destroyer

Destroyer Concept Art

A bigger, upgraded, and more efficient Strider coming from Olivia’s Fortress. One of the bosses that might appear in the mod. While it’s patrolling empty parts of City 17 you will be hearing heavy footsteps and sounds from the distance alerting the player that it is searching for YOU.

Hunter Chopper 2.0

Hunter Concept Art

Combine Helicopter used by Olivia. A specific design for Olivia’s use! (it’ll most likely get a rotor on the top)



An Alien Creature from Race-X who after the experiments has become a hybrid of Rhinocerous and a Reptile, he was used as a bio-weapon for Race-X capable of shooting lightnings from his tail’s crystals. When all of Race-X retreated from Earth he was unable to escape, and remained on the planet, after the Combine invaded Earth The Creature decided to join Human Resistance and help them fight against the Combine. Rebels call him Rockie because of his rock looking scales on his skin.


Olivia Dragon Concept Art

A female counterpart of Rockie’s Creature, it’ll most likely appear in the mod somewhere but that’s for another time!

3D Models

Some of the designs showed in the concept arts already have their own 3D models! I have improved my modelling skills and tried all my best to make them look as good as possible!



Old design was basically using a metrocop body and Judith Mossman’s face, I already tried adding that model in to the game but it always crashed.

Olivia Model Render 01

Olivia Model Render 02


Guess what? Rockie once again has a different model, this is the 3rd version of his design. But he definitely looks better than before.


rocky old render

Looked very cartoony, his main body part is a borrowed model.


rockie old render low

This was his first redesign where I made his entire model from scratch. I tried to make him look more alien-ish with more eyes and tentacles on his head and jaw. I also added spiky crystals to his tail.



The first noticeable thing is the change in his body color, he was originally purple now he is dark brown. This time I payed attention to the details, so now you can see the scales on Rockie’s body and you can even see holes through his skin. His legs and feet look more natural, eyes look more alive and now he has better textures. He will also have other new features like flexes for making him able to blink, making expressions and moving his mouth.

The VŌC Podcast Interview

One of the co-hosts of The VŌC Podcast has contacted me to do an interview about Through The City, you may listen to the podcast here:

Last Words

I’m very thankful for your continuous support on the mod and stay tuned for more info in 2022! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Discord Server -


- Ronald Hamrak for helping with writing the article.

- Skwallie for all of the Concept Arts

- Kralich for helping me fix the article

Sincerely, Kajlo


All the new stuff looks really nice, keep up the good work, man.

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Must be very mixed feelings on your end scrapping the levels but I must admit that new level looks like it's going in the right direction! Shortening the experience is probably for the best as well as it was a bit of a slog near the end from my experience.

Most screenshots are copy-pasted stills of Olivia, I assume thats not intentional? That being said, her design is great!

Also, killer new parasite designs! Can't wait to see an infected Strider!

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the copy paste images are not intentional. Seems like ModDB has a lot of issues with the articles, I was trying to fix it several times but it still deletes pictures or copy them. I'll try to fix it in a moment, so you can read it again without problems

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Looks good! 😺

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I love this mod, also rockie is a cutie >w<

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