General Xen Chit-Chat Thread


Oh look at the xen control image then the vort one note the fact they mention mind control. Note the purple beam to a controller.

100% betting there will be no vort kill runs for xen.

look at the long jump module bar, in the H-grunt video there is one bar, on this image there are three. looks like something is going to get upgraded.


It reminds me of Collector from ME2.


Looks like that Agrunt hivehand attack was also added for Gordon’s Alt-fire.


That is from an event that was meant to happen before teleporting to xen in that huge teleport room that is either scrapped or yet to be included perhaps moved that idea to a different part…


Wait controller lift and throw animations… great looks like the gravity guns precursor has been found. and they are aiming it at us.


Darkone I think it is a fantastic idea and also framing it as the origin of the gravity gun is brilliant… But the controller was going to lift and throw a scientist NPC in a cutscene from what I remember… So if that is the animation then I hope it still gets included somewhere

How many physics props are floating around in xen?

But absolutely endorse them being able to do the attack by flinging stuff it would be great and really fits their ability of anti gravity. It is a much better attack then their silly energy balls. I always felt they should be able to latch on in a psycic way and mess up your controls for a small time switching left to right right to left and or forward to back, back to forward jump to duck and duck to jump say for a limited time while they psycic attack. The screen would have an animated overlay to show the psycic attack would have been latched on. Perhaps give the player a chance in slow motion to shoot and kill the controller that has you psycic latched.

Anyway let’s face it the Controller attack method was poor…

Happy Xmas and New Year!


The xen look cool but why diferent portal look in xen not green in lamba portal look like original half life. So xen be a larger then original hl xen map. It would be cool if make a new creepy creature.


I mean in black mesa lambda portals looks like half life 1 but in xen trailer portals not same as lambda portals before gordon teleport to xen so why make diferent ?


The Xen trailer has reached 1M views on YouTube. Congratulations, guys! =D


will the blood/chemical splashes on the character and weapon models return when Xen is pushed out? I remember it was taken out due to causing some kind of hiccup in the engine after the new dynamic lighting was implemented


Here is the fix for the BLood Decals
type cl_mdldetailfx_enable 1 in the console


Hey, now that I think about it, isn’t there cut combine advisor code that has them project a zero-gravity field and throw physics objects at the player? Maybe the devs are going to be reusing some of those elements. After all, they did mention that comtrollers would be able to use a shield, and, if memory serves, advisors would have also been able to create a shield.


Someone posted this in a discord server the other day, and I figured it was worth putting here, it’s probably old news, but it sounds like the sort of thing that CC might draw on for inspiration.
That said, I doubt we’ll see anything as dramatic as the merging of interloper and nihilanth.


Great stuff. Read it a while back, It’d be awesome to see some inspiration from these lines.



January news: Steam


So I’m about to say something that might be kinda cunty? The game still looks really great. I don’t really even mind the wait, but I really have to wonder. If it took until the end of this month just to get the visuals done for one level, why would they have ever announced a Summer 2018 release? Surely you’d have to have anticipated how long it would take if there was so much left to do eight months ago.


Well I can’t say for sure, but my guess would be that when there was a deadline they were focusing on just getting the project finished, whereas without a deadline they have time to explore ideas and experiment with the environments. No deadline means you can spend the extra time to try something funky you normally wouldn’t try.

That’s pretty much the reason why we’re getting the “what Xen could have been” instead of a direct copy of the original. The devs decided that it would be worth pushing back the final release to explore new avenues. I’m guessing that’s what we’re seeing here too.


Gonarch’s Lair is 3 large maps. Not 1. It’s very close to Release Candidate ready now, as is the Xen chapter.

This leaves us with Interloper as our final major piece to finish. This is why our announcement is exciting.

We project that we can complete Interloper in roughly a similar sort of timeline to Gonarch’s Lair (probably somewhat longer).

Nihilanth and Endgame have been ongoing processes and as each are only one map we consider them separately to everything else - they haven’t been part of our focussed development process in the same way that everything else has. They’ll get finished alongside Interloper, undoubtedly. That, and Endgame is already mostly done, pending a final pass.


Hey Text, can you give any update on the UI overhaul? Is the plan still to deploy it alongside Xen?


The UI overhaul has probably been the biggest headache feature we’ve faced on this team. It’s second only to the Barrel Cactus, as far as I can think.

Absolutely everything about it has taken longer than it was meant to, and we’ve actually had it slated to be completed since something like CU2 (before the Surface Tension Update). It misses every milestone and gets pushed further and further back. I’m fairly sure it’s cursed at this point.

We have the QT Framework implemented into the engine and ready to go, we have the actual UI design figured out and 100% ready to go as well. We just haven’t been able to get someone to implement it into the game. We’ve just come up with a plan to have it completed as part of our next (internal) milestone, so fingers crossed something on that project actually goes our way for once!