The developers behind Sven Co-op, a nearly fifteen year old and regularly updated mod allowing players to experience the original Half-Life campaign cooperatively, have confirmed that the mod is heading to Steam as a stand-alone title.

According to to the mod’s official announcement, Valve has also agreed to allow the team to work on a customized version of GoldSrc, the engine behind Half-Life and its expansions; allowing them to greatly improve user experience by directly modifying the title’s engine.

  • The next version of Sven Co-op will run as a standalone game using a custom build of the Half-Life engine.
  • The game will be FREE for all Steam users, including the official Half-Life campaign (for 2+ player co-op play). A Half-Life purchase will not be required.
  • Automatic updates will be available using Steam’s content delivery system dubbed SteamPipe. This will allow us to perform more frequent and rapid updates as needed.
  • Updates and new features will be added to the Half-Life engine, as well as a series of improvements to Half-Life‘s level editor called Hammer.
  • Increased Half-Life engine limits to allow for much larger and more detailed worlds.
  • Stability, performance, and gameplay improvements for everyone.

“We are grateful beyond expression to Valve for their generosity and efforts put forth to make this possible,” wrote Sven Co-op‘s developers on their official website.” We’re looking forward to working with one of the greatest game engines ever made, and we can assure everyone that there are many, many more updates to come.”

No release date has been confirmed by either Valve or the developers behind the mod- in the meantime, users holding onto a copy of Half-Life can pop in their disc and experience Sven Co-op.

Source(s): Kotaku and Sven Co-op Image Source: Sven Co-op Forums

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