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In 2007, Modders began to make it way back

Way back in 2007, for Half-life 2, Alec Meer (RPS in peace) played a promising RTS mod. “It’s a ton of fun to see the familiar in such a different and well-considered format,” he said. “But it’s very, very early, with a lot of work to go.”

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

Lambda Wars is a free standalone mod set in the universe of HL2 and based on the code for Alien Swarm, Valve’s 2010 top-down shooter. It sees players in single-player, co-op and multiplayer modes take up the mantle of Resistance commander or Combine overlord and swap the first-person battles of the game for real-time strategy skirmishes.

Version 1.0, released over the weekend, brings four new units – Heavy Rebels, Heavy Combines, Cran Synths and Mortar Synths – new buildings and a load of bug fixes and changes to the balance that you can check out in the patch notes.

“free time”free time”We’ve had discussions about finding forms of funding, but ultimately we decided to keep it as a passion project”We had discussions about finding forms of funding, but ultimately we decided to keep it as a passion project.

“It has been one hell of a journey and hopefully it will bring some joy to Half-Life and RTS players,” they add.

If you fancy trying out Lambda Wars, you can grab it on Steam for free right now.

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