Half-Life 2 RTS mod Lambda Wars launches after 13 years in development – Rock Paper Shotgun

“It’s a load of fun to see the familiar in such a well-considered and different format,” he said.

And a lot of work it was – 13 years of it. Over the weekend, Lambda Wars lastly launched in full, inviting players to explore the world of Half-life 2 from a brand-new viewpoint (that is: a strategic top-down one).

Lambda Wars is a complimentary standalone mod embeded in the HL2 universe, and based off of the code for Valve’s 2010 top-down shooter, Alien Swarm. It sees gamers use up the mantle of Resistance commander or Combine overlord in co-op, multiplayer and singleplayer modes, and swaps out the video game’s first-person fights for real-time strategy skirmishes.

Launched over the weekend, variation 1.0 brings 4 new units – Heavy Rebels, Heavy Combines, Cran Synths and Mortar Synths – new buildings and a load of bug repairs and balance changes, which you can take a look at in the patch notes.

In a post on Reddit, among the modders discusses that the team have gotten a couple of donations for making the mod throughout the years, but it’s mostly been a “downtime” project for them: “We’ve had discussions about discovering kinds of financing, however ultimately we decided to keep it as an enthusiasm task”.

“It has actually been one hell of a journey and ideally it will bring some delight to Half-Life and RTS gamers,” they include.

If you elegant giving Lambda Wars a shot, you can get it free of charge on Steam right now.

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