Good news for our Spanish speakers out there: One of our players, metalwar, made a complete translation of Halfway from English to Spanish. He used our mod tools so it is even easier for you Spanish speakers to install and switch the language.
If you use the Steam version, the installation is dead easy: Subscribe to this mod and activate it in the options menu in Halfway. Steam Workshop.
If you are running a DRM version of Halfway you can download the mod zip file from this thread and just copy the zip file in the mods folder of Halfway. (Do not extract it) Then activate the mod in the options menu.
This anniversary is a nice opportunity to present a “Halfway in Numbers” feature, which shows you some interesting numbers of Halfway’s development and how the game has performed over the course of the last 12 months. Please head over to our development blog and enjoy:
What a great year 2014 was for us at Robotality and this is thanks to you, the players. (Read a bit more about what is going on at the Robotality HQ over here: Christmas Update)
We got tons of great emails from all over the world from people who played and enjoyed playing Halfway, and furthermore gave us valuable feedback about what we should and could improve on. Thanks for that!
To end this year with something special, we have joined forces with the brilliant team of Humble once again, and put Halfway to their great Humble Weekly Bundle – RPG Edition.
If you pay more than 10$ you not only get Halfway but many more awesome RPG games such as Spiderwebs “Avadon 2” or Bossas Studios “Deep Dungeon of Doom”, to name a few. So what are you waiting for:
Update: The Humble Bundle is over. Thanks everyone for buying it. <3 You can still get Halfway cheap on the Steam Winter Sale over here:Halfway on Steam
Thanks again from the whole Robotality team. We wish you relaxed holidays and a great start into the new year. See you in 2015!
We’ve finally finished up the modding tools and have decided to bring them out of beta.
To celebrate this we decided to go for a 25% saleon Steam, Humble and our own Humble-Widget. So get it while this sale lasts! For our existing players, we have added a small “thank you” into this update in the form of a extra hard gameplay mode (game mode ++). Play the extra hard version with tougher enemies and even greater challenges!
The mod tools are here, sort of. 😉 We decided to lunch the modding tools as a beta for everyone who wants to get his hands dirty right know. This means if you want you can already start making your mods and at the same time help us find some bugs that we may missed.
Currently the whole thing is Steam only, but the full release of the modding tools will be over all other versions too. So you don’t need Steam when we have them properly released.
Also as a bonus we added an extra hard gameplay mode to the game, currently playable in the beta as a mod, but will be added properly as gameplay mode with the full release of the game. I hope you like this.
Additionally it should help you get an overview how to setup a mod in the first place too.
Please note: This is a beta and some features are still missing, like uploading the mods and packing them into zip files etc. They will come soon!
In your Steam game list, right-click on Halfway and select “Properties”.
Navigate to the “BETAS” tab.
In the field labelled “Enter access code…” enter this code: halfwaypreview. Click on “CHECK CODE”.
In the checkbox above there should now be an item named “preview – Public Release Candidate” available to select.
Steam now should start patching your version, and display the game as “Halfway[preview]” in the Steam library.
How do I go back to the release version?
Just select “NONE – Opt out of all beta programs” in the “Properties / BETAS” tab. If you want to be really safe, you can follow up with selecting the “Properties / LOCAL FILES / VERIFY INTEGRITY OF GAME CACHE …” option.
How to setup an new Mod.
Take a look at the game folder and navigate to the ./mods/ folder. There you should find a ./game-mode-plus/ folder which contains the new extra hard game mode. To setup a new mod just make a new folder in the mod folder and copy over the files from the main game you want to change and create the same folder structure as the main game has.
Want some good music to make your first mod? We have something for you:
It’s not just a simple copy & paste release of the music of Halfway– all songs got a touch up and plenty of love. Additionally, it includes 4 unreleased bonus tracks that never made it into the game itself, but were too beautiful to just let them rot on Gavin’s hard drive. So what are you waiting for? 😉
In other news:
I have some other great news for you: Halfway is currently part of the “End of Summer Sale” until the 22nd of September over at Humble Store and on our own website:
We released Halfway, got a lot of good and valuable feedback from player and tons of love from all over the place. Released several patches that changed some of the things players didn’t like and improved on all aspects of the game.
We were really happy that on the technical side most things went smooth and now it seems that mostly everyone can actually play the game. (For the last few guys who still have some issues: We are working on it.)
Now we are super busy finishing up the modding tools for everyone and hope we can release them very soon. The plan is to have an open-beta for the first set of tools soon over the Steam beta channel so we can collect feedback and fix all the bugs you guys may find.
As soon as we have everything tested and it is not breaking the actual game anymore we will release it officially.
Anyway, to show you a bit more in detail what you can expect from our map editor, we did a 3 part preview of the tools with me making a level from scratch. You will be able to make your own campaigns and/or edit existing levels.
Tutorial part I: Basic tile brushes and collision:
Tutorial part II: Objects and enemies:
Tutorial part III: Triggers, lights and polish:
We hope this gives you a good overview of what you will get with the map editor. There are more tools for adding new art or for changing other parts of the game, but this will be part of another video tutorial series. Here is a small overview of some of the more recent articles about Halfway:
Kotaku: “Hope You’ve Got Room For More Turn-Based Strategy, PC Gamers”
Indiegames: “Halfway is essentially the indie XCOM”
Halfway has now officially hit digital store shelves! You can grab the game right now on Steam , Humble Store or directly from us via Humble Widget for $12.99/£9.99 with a -10% launch discount. The game is available on Windows, Mac and Linux!
“Halfway is a turn-based strategy RPG taking place a few hundred years into the future. You take control of a small group of people and guide them through cramped and gloomy corridors on board of the colonial spaceship Goliath. Use equipment, skills, locations and strategies to your advantage as you slowly fight your way across the ship.”
Even though the game has been released, we’re not done yet.. Soon, we’ll be releasing the tools we used to create the levels and campaigns in Halfway to the public and we hope you’ll join us in making lots of interesting new challenges for the community. Stay tuned for more details on this!
For now, we’d love you to check out Halfway and why not get involved in our community forums?
Update: We’ve released some patches for Halfway which improve the stability of the game. Check our Forum for the changes.