Twin-stick shooter fan game Half-Life gets Valve’s blessing and a Steam release

On ModDB, a creator by the name of PinkyDev revealed that Codename: Loop (opens in a new tab)their plan to create a spin-off of Half-Life, a two-controller shooter, has been given the green light by Valve to be listed on Steam in the near future.

Probably the most impressive thing about Loop is its compatibility with the original Half-Life BSP file format. This allows Loop to use assets from the GoldSrc engine, preserving the appearance of Half-Life on the Unity engine. Loop is also set to support an over-the-shoulder perspective, and even revert to a first-person view for any mappers who want to create FPS levels in this new setting.

BSP compatibility gives Codename:Loop the potential to support a strong modding community, as level designers can use pre-existing tools like Crystice Softworks’ JACK. (opens in a new tab) level editor for Half-Life and Quake to create looping maps and campaigns. Preserving that classic Half-Life DIY spirit seems to be a top priority for PinkyDev, who wrote in the latest project update, “I’ll do everything I can to support the Steam Workshop, that way everyone can share and download campaigns and levels and keep this game alive forever.”

The ambition to become a new modding hub is certainly intriguing and ambitious, but Codename: Loop, the basic premise of a Half-Life twin-stick spin-off strikes me as an inspired riff on the classic FPS all its own. only. A first gameplay video (opens in a new tab) from last year shows that HL1’s strengths and enemies translate well to a new perspective, and it’s great to hear those classic sound effects and see the soft halogen glow of Half-Life’s signature UI in this context.

PinkyDev seems to have originally conceived Codename: Loop as a Half-Life roguelike, and while that ambition is still there, PinkyDev has focused on developing a linear campaign and supporting other modders. There is currently no specified release date for Codename: Loop, and its Steam hub has yet to go live. Until then, the fan game ModDB page (opens in a new tab) is the best way to stay up to date on development.

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