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SDK on the horizon. Extended maps, NPC appearance changes and many more features!

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Hello and welcome to the Black Mesa Research Facility once again. Our today's article, dedicated to the beginning of winter and the upcoming of Christmas, is quite special, as we will not only showcase maps and models but also tease some attractive features of our upcoming SDK!

Without further ado, let's see what we got.
MAPPING

Our mappers haven't been wasting time and the first third of the game is near completion! You may have heard that our mapping forces used to be scattered throughout the entire campaign, but since then we decided to focus on the first four chapters and the Hazard Course… you'll see why ;).

We've Got Hostiles is the first chapter to get the honourable status of fully finished and playable. Originally begun by the16mapper, this chapter had to be remade from scratch because of numerous scripting issues. This decision was seen as questionable at first, but soon proved to be a very curious way to make the familiar places feel new. Halfway through the development, the chapter was handed to Tear, our leader.

Tear's and the16mapper's work combined made for an amazing, action packed chapter, a blessing!

wgh

Let’s take a look at something cozy, that being Office Complex. This one has been made by the16mapper. There has been added a new section to the c1a2, featuring new offices using the unused green door textures and a somewhat cozy environment, par some dead bodies. There’s even the introduction of an uncut NPC, the panthereye!
Not to mention the completely recreated from scratch c1a2d, now looking like an actual storage area belonging to Sector D.

office

But why should we talk about chapters set in the resonance cascade if we can talk about chapters set way before? That’s right, Anomalous Materials is back and has been revamped! More concretely, the Anti-Mass Spectrometer chamber got a full revamp, resembling it's distant cousin from Half - Life 2 a little bit more.

anomalous materials

MODELLING

Mapping isn't the only thing we were busy with, oh no!
Our modeller works hard and it pays off. With some coding magic and modelling tricks we managed to give certain weapons, items and even monsters glowing parts that can be animated! Your lasers, sights, and monitors never felt more alive and immersive!
We've also gone ahead and improved the general sound design for the weapons,
but that will be shown at a later date.


deagle optimized


egon


displacer


gauss optimized


rpg optimized


shock


We weren't exactly happy how some of the early models looked, so many of them received partial or full visual overhaul. One of the most notorious examples being warehouse workers and janitors.

Those now have way, way more detail and actually look pleasing!


construction

worker

janitor

HALF-LIFE: EXTENDED DEVELOPMENT KIT

We've been talking about releasing the SDK for a while now, so what is it all about?

One of the initial purposes of this mod is to provide a rich and easy-to-use base for modders. Some may want to make a HL:E based campaign, some might just need some of our code or assets.

Either way, we'd be very happy to indirectly help like that.


Now let's get to actual reasons why you, a modder, might want to get yourself a copy of our SDK.


  • All of the campaign monsters and entities included, be it human grunts with a large variety of weapons, black ops, chumtoads, additional Black Mesa personnel, new and restored enemies, scripting entities from Opposing Force and so on.
  • Monsters and decorations randomisation. Every monster, func_breakable, _wall, _pushable and _illusionary have a nice little keyvalue called "Spawn chance, %". Unlike the alternatives in other mods, you can enter any number from 1 to 100 in this field. What makes it better is that they’re not a separate entity, reducing clutter in the .FGD!
  • Smart monster sub-models randomisation. HL:E monsters ( especially humans) sure have a lot of variations, if you don't feel like manually setting a head, a skin and what not for every single monster, don't worry: every sub-model keyvalue is set to "Random" by default and we made sure that the randomiser doesn't create a buggy or ugly look for your monsters, Smart™!
  • Smart light models loading system. Already demonstrated in the modelling section, a feature that might be truly unique to HL:E. Just put a model with a _light postfix into your models folder and the according additive model will be displayed on top of the base one, works in software mode too!
  • Extremely easy to set up. All you need to do to make a mod based on HL:E is just get a copy of HL:E’s SDK, change the menu background, icon, liblist.gam and add/change models; however, you may want to change some code: fret not, as it’s open source! Have we mentioned that we’re releasing hand addons for you to use? We will include Gina and Colette HEV reskins, white and black Barney hands, white and black Shephard hands and even white and black scientist hands; all for your mods!

One last thing before we finish, and that is, join our discord server!

We post a lot of early previews of things we're working on and you can also chat with other fans of this mod.

And if you're an animator, you might be interested in this small announcement:

help wanted

That's all for today, thank you for reading, have a very safe day!

Comments
Waz.
Waz. - - 86 comments

nice

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Us_25
Us_25 - - 184 comments

good.mp3
-hagrid on garrys mod

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FlippedOutKyrii
FlippedOutKyrii - - 3,489 comments

Congrats on getting one chapter finished, can't wait to see the rest!

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HalfTime919
HalfTime919 - - 82 comments

Cool!

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Guest
Guest - - 687,512 comments

Can you give me the hecu marine models?
please if you finished hecu models with your animations
I was looking for models like that of the hecu
There are also those from the intro of opposing force with a white helmet, new variants, please, I want for opposing force and half life

Addons pls

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the16mapper
the16mapper - - 56 comments

At times like these, you wish the manager of this project would not frame a 15 year old as a liar and as homophobic.

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lambdaguy
lambdaguy - - 212 comments

bro what the **** are you talking about? where did you get that idea? put it back

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Daburubareru
Daburubareru - - 738 comments

Omg, amazing works! I look forward a lot of HLE!

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buslleye
buslleye - - 3 comments

I am new these models are perfect with more variants
two questions
open opposing force extented and the other expansions
question 2
you could add opposing force with those heads and weapons
with the animations of opposing force and your mod
and you could add to the

spforces azure sheep npcs
and you don't know what spforce are, they are like black ops but they are hgrunts
could you add them from azure sheep mod from half li

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Troidord
Troidord - - 14 comments

its been a while since we got news for this mod.

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