The highly-anticipated total conversion mod for the original Half-Life has been a long time coming, and it’s only four days now until the world gets to experience the game that revolutionised the FPS genre using Valve’s glorious Source engine.
In further teasing of what’s to come, the developers behind the game have released another set of pictures, which include some great scenery, lighting effects… and aliens! Yes, in the latest pics we get our first glimpse of the cycloptic Vortiguants heading into battle against a group of evil army grunts. Another mesmerising shot shows an army grunt having a spot of bother with a giant blue alien, with some impressive lighting effects thrown into the mix.
The Black Mesa Modification Team, who are behind the game, are hoping to make it a full release on Steam via the service’s new Greenlight system, which lets indie developers submit their games to it for the community to vote on whether they’re worthy of being released on Steam proper.
The game has been a long time coming, having been in production for approximately eight years, during which time it’s received acclaim from such publications as Wired Magazine, and also caught the eye of Valve itself. The game is set to do what Half Life: Source never quite did, and completely overhaul the original game for the current generation, with realistic physics, more challenging gameplay and better AI. After all these years in development, can the brave project from the dedicated 40-strong development team live up to expectations? We’ll find out on Friday.