Half Life fans, here is something for you today. YouTube’s ‘Valve News Extra’ has shared a video showing 13 minutes of gameplay footage from the upcoming Half-Life 3 (or Half-Life Two: Episode Three if you prefer) fan game, Boreal Alyph.
This gameplay video shows the latest Work In Progress build and features numerous placeholders, meaning that it does not represent the quality of the final game. Still, it will give you an idea of what its development team aims to create.
Boreal Alyph is created by Keep Away From Fire and is based on Marc Laidlaw short story “Epistle 3”. As we’ve already reported, Epistle 3 is a synopsis of Half-Life 2: Episode 3, written by ex-Valve writer, Marc Laidlaw, and Boreal Alyph aims to capture Valve’s lost vision, and bring a fun, and satisfying end to the celebrated Half-Life series.
Among other modern-day graphical features, Boreal Alyph will feature Physically Based Rendering (PBR) and Subsurface Scattering. PBR is a rendering technique that allows for far more accurate shading and reflections than the traditional rendering methods used by Source. On the other hand, Subsurface Scattering simulates the bleeding of light through materials like skin, liquid, and plastic, allowing to have far more realistically lit humans and aliens, enhancing the overall immersion.