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Half-Life: A Place in the West
 
 
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Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
Languages: English, Russian
Players: Single-player
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What is A Place in the West
Half-Life: A Place in the West is a fan-made comic book set within Valve's acclaimed Half-Life universe. A Place in the West follows three characters who are each in their own way drawn to a strange American city called New Franklin. Once inside, they discover a powerful secret, but the city holds many dangers, deceptive temptations, and the promise of a freedom that could restore everything they have lost...

A Place in the West offers a compelling story and a complex and intriguing cast of all-new characters, drawing on the rich mythology of the Half-Life universe in an entirely new medium for the series. There will be six issues in total.

We have also been positively received by comic book outlet Outright Geekery[www.outrightgeekery.com], as well as receiving notable attention on several Half-Life websites, including Lambda Generation[www.lambdageneration.com].

Why Greenlight for a Comic?
It is very important to note that A Place in the West is not a game, and does not feature any gameplay whatsoever; it is purely a comic book. So, you might be asking, why Greenlight? The simple and most elegant answer is that Steam offers a variety of opportunities for content developers, and we don’t think the platform needs to be limited to games. There are several comics already available on Steam, as well as movies and software – our thinking was, basically, why not comics too? And so, we wanted to embrace this distribution platform in order to reach the widest possible audience.

Do I need to be familiar with Half-Life?
Nope! As part of bringing this comic book to Steam, we are adding a 3-page prologue that will make it accessible to everyone. A Place in the West is also set in the interim between Half-Life and Half-Life 2, which means that you needn't be familiar with Valve's later games anyway. That isn't to say, however, that you won't find exciting things to enjoy if you are familiar with the series.

Features
A Place in the West's first issue will be made available for free using our specially designed app, and will include 5 entirely new pages.

Additional features include:
  • Immediate language support for English and Russian, with further plans to include more translations in the future.
  • A fully-animated menu screen, complete with audio, in the vein of Half-Life.
  • A "Behind the Scenes" video featuring a commentary track by the writers, which will include excerpts from the script, various pieces of concept art, ideas that never made it to the page, and scrapped pages.
  • Taking the new pages into account, the first issue comes to a total of 38 pages.
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222 Comments
alex 12 hours ago 
Комикс....
CW3D Sep 24 @ 2:46am 
Or make it something like TellTale games? :O
CW3D Sep 24 @ 2:45am 
If we had someone in the community that would but ALOT of work into making this somehow a game/mod, that would be amazing! With cutscenes and all... i guess X3
Ross  [author] Sep 21 @ 8:22am 
Thanks!
oh Ok :) this Looks really good tho
Ross  [author] Sep 21 @ 3:33am 
Unfortunately not. The NE American setting would require a lot of custom content, and there's no way to pull off this kind of story in a game. It was built from the ground up to be a comic.
Hey Ross Could you actualy Make a Half Life 2 Mod out of the book?
REBEL PL Sep 12 @ 8:08am 
will be polish version?
Ross  [author] Jun 30 @ 3:35am 
We're glad to hear you like it.

Favourite chapter? Well, we're pretty deep into the production of #2 at the moment and we're very pleased with how it's taking form - it's a big improvement on the first issue, at least in our opinion. Looking into the future, I have no idea how we're going to write #5...that'll be an exciting challenge.
And I'm loveing this idea of a Half Life comic.