Half-Life 2: Episode 3 reconstruction Project Borealis has beautiful striders, arctic headcrabs
Update, December 28: The builders of Project Borealis have made a brand new improvement replace.
Progress on the bold fan-made Half-Life 2: Episode 3 adaptation, Project Borealis, is constant, and the newest replace from the group appears to be like as promising as ever. It’s nonetheless early improvement, however there’s part of me deep down that believes this may simply be an actual likelihood for a recreation that Valve is unquestionably (in all probability) by no means going to make.
Check out our full retrospective on the Half-Life 3 improvement saga.
It’s nonetheless early in improvement, with the group engaged on perfecting the fundamental really feel of motion whereas producing artwork and nailing down the story. They’re taking a look at speedruns to make sure they nail the precise mechanics of motion as they rebuild the HL2 engine in Unreal, ensuring superior stuff like circle strafing and bunny-hopping are in place whereas acceleration, friction, and the like all really feel pure.
The story is being expanded from Marc Laidlaw’s Epistle 3 therapy, with half of the extra detailed story already full. The snowy locale means everybody has to adapt to the chilly, which implies such pleasant issues as arctic headcrabs. Look at this fuzzy little man.
Actual 3D fashions are additionally wanting good, just like the tackle the strider up above.
The group are nonetheless on the lookout for some extra artists, so if you wish to be part of all this take a look at the hyperlinks on Reddit. Given Valve’s official sanction of the Half-Life remake Black Mesa, there’s precedent for a fan undertaking of this scope and scale coming to fruition – however it will likely be a protracted, very long time earlier than that occurs.
Original story, October four: Half-Life 3, Half-Life 2: Episode 3… Wherever you land on it, it’s that Half-Life recreation with a 3 within the title. Since Marc Laidlaw revealed his plot define for the sport, we’ve been ever so curious as to what it would truly appear to be. We’ve seen some small-scale makes an attempt to deliver the story to life, however Project Borealis goals to be the primary to construct it right into a full recreation.
The group behind the undertaking made their first official replace on Reddit at the moment, exhibiting off early idea work and a handful of in-game fashions. Borealis is being in-built Unreal, and the group apparently numbers over 60 folks with a lot of them having business expertise. They’re at the moment engaged on a tech demo as proof of idea.
I’d say fan undertaking of this scope is prone to by no means come to fruition, and even when it have been to maneuver previous the idea stage, it’d by no means make it previous the scrutiny of license-holders. I might say that, if not for Black Mesa’s officially-sanctioned Steam launch. Even if it’s nonetheless lacking the Xen chapters, it made it by means of a half-decade of improvement and truly launched in a semi-finished state. That’s greater than sufficient for me to rely the unimaginable as attainable in the case of Half-Life fangames.
Existing tasks to deliver Episode 3 to life embrace Half-Life 2: Aftermath, and the already launched, short-form Tiger Team from the Epistle 3 recreation jam. Shall the true glory of Episode 3 be contained inside any of them? There’s no assembly expectations in any case these years, however the efforts are valiant ones.