Valve Give Go Ahead For Solo Dev To Publish Half-Life 2 Prospekt Mod Expansion On Steam

Written by Neil Soutter on Tue, Jan 19, 2016 11:35 AM
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The chances of Half-Life 3 ever happening have practically been eviscerated like a headcrab in a blender with the announcement of Half-Life Prospekt from solo developer Richard Seabrook.

Prospekt, you see, is a paid Half-Life 2 mod designed as a sequel to Half-Life: Opposing Force. Seabrook is attempting to stitch together the events of Half-Life 2 from the perspective of the Marines rather than the bespectacled Gordon Freeman. It’s coming to Steam as a standalone paid product, and Valve has given the mod its full backing.

Prospekt doesn’t appear to be a hastily slapped together cash grab either. Seabrook reckons it’s comparable to Half-Life 2: Episode One in length, adding 13 new levels centering on US Marine Adrian Shepherd, all tightly woven into Half-Life 2’s original story.

There may be a bemused look across your face right now, but follow my train of thought. While it’s no official Half-Life product, Valve’s backing is as near as you can get to considering this expansion canon. It could be a case of reading too deep into things, but when Valve is allowing basically random developers to come along and use its assets to make money off its own franchise, that’s a strong indicator Valve may not have any plans in store to use the IP itself.

On the positive side, Prospekt is more Half-Life 2. The project began life as a demo in an effort by Seabrook to secure a job at Valve. That may not have worked out, but he has established himself in Half-Life 2 history. I doubt as a solo project that Prospekt is going to live up to the quality of Half-Life 2’s finer moments, but I’d love to be surprised.

Are you up for giving this fan-made project are go? Or are you staunchly waiting for Half-Life 3 to be sensationally revealed?

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11:00 Jan-27-2016

Probably best to get black mesa source (h1 remake) then wait for Operation Black mesa (Opposing force remake) and Guard Duty (Blue shift remake). Black Mesa is pretty damn accurate, just waiting for the other two to see how they are.

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17:49 Jan-19-2016

Opposing Forces is the only HL games I've never played. This trailer looks pretty good, so maybe I'll go back and play it finally. The HL community is so talented imo. First Black Mesa, and now this. That takes some serious love and dedication. Maybe Valve should considering hiring a few of these people.

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20:33 Jan-20-2016

I recommend you Play again HL 1 and then play opposing force, it's amazing how they make a parallel game base on the same storyline, just to not spolier, it's a good game too

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16:52 Jan-19-2016

HL2 is one of the best games i ever played. if this game have a better graphics i´m going to play it again because i can remember again this amazing storyline

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15:31 Jan-19-2016

Oh come on... is there really anyone at this point that waits for HL3 and doesn't consider it just a joke? Valve clearly has gone into other stuff with Steam, Steam machines, Steam OS, Steam controller, Steam link, HTV Vive and so on. They are barely a game developer nowadays, if you count the updates to Dota 2 and CS:GO (that are actually made by some other devs).

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13:17 Jan-19-2016

Opposing Force was a great addition to HL universe I can only hope this sequel is similar in quality. Valve should focus on games but even if they don't make any more, they are still the best.

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