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Sven Co-op for Half-Life 2, sequel to the popular Sven Co-op mod for Half-Life, will add co-operative multiplayer (players vs. computer-controlled enemies) to Valve’s "Half-Life 2" (Among other things).
Sven Co-op, the original Half-Life co-operative mod, is currently the most popular co-operative modification in the world, with over 500,000 recorded downloads of Sven Co-op version 3.0.
Sven Co-op for Half-Life 2 will benefit not only from Half-Life 2’s highly advanced engine, greater volume of content and extensive feature set, but also from new and innovative gameplay resulting from four years of experience with the genre. Among the new features will be the ability for mapmakers to create their own game modes, and features to make gameplay more rewarding.
"Our current plan is to release a beta version of the mod as soon as we have the HL2 single-player storyline working well co-operatively… giving you all something to play (and the mapping community something to work with) while we work on more advanced features."
Yesterday we’ve released our original design document for Sven Co-op II along with an early build of the work that had been done back in 2005. We expected our fans to be happy with the given information on something they’ve been waiting for since 2003.
We were right. The fans were pleased. Very pleased even. But not in the way we imagined. Shortly after the news post our email inbox overflowed with e-mails from SC fans. I’d like to quote some of them:
"Thank God you guys never finished that project! Those ideas made my eyes bleed!"
"u guys 4 real? 0_o that supposed to be SC2?"
"When I read you were going to add FUNC_VENT to the MOD I was thrilled but then I read the rest and it’s just pure crap! Good thing this was never released!"
It seems our ideas for SC2 were not that well received by the public. In hindsight, putting Rick Astley into the game might have been a bit too much. We’re going back to the drawing board for our concept document of Sven Co-op for Half-Life 3. Be sure to check this website again somewhere around 2029!
In other news, development on the original Sven Co-op continues steadily! A new version of Sven Co-op on our own modified Goldsource engine will definitely be released earlier than 2029, so don’t forget to visit this page regularly!