Despite a rocky start, Steam Greenlight has done its job: It’s bringing a line up of independently made games to Steam’s 54 million registered users. Valve announced the initial 10 games to get the official, proverbial greenlight on Tuesday afternoon. In what shouldn’t come as too great a surprise given Valve’s relationship with the mod community that’s grown around its games and technology, many of the titles that earned the Greenlight seal of approval are already popular Half-Life 2 mods.
The very first of these listed in Valve’s announcement is Black Mesa, the source engine-based scene for scene remake of the original Half-Life from 1998. Black Mesa has in some form or another been in development since the Source engine was released alongside Half-Life 2 in 2004 but the Black Mesa Modification Team hit hurdle after hurdle in development. While a full-length trailer was released in 2008, it’s long been thought that the game was dead in the water. On Sept. 2, however, the team announced that it would release all the work on the game that’s been completed, all the way up to the “Xen” level of the game. (Of course, that’s when most old school Half-Life fans stop playing anyway.) The game will be available on Steam on Friday.
Other Half-Life based Steam Greenlightees include No More Room in Hell, a zombie survival horror mod based on George Romera’s classic Of the Dead movies that was named PC Gamer’s Mod of the Year in 2011. Team Psykskaliar’s Cry of Fear, a single-player psychological horror game based on the original Half-Life, joins Hell. Then if you need some pixelated zombies on top, there’s also The Indie Stone’s Project Zomboid.
It’s not an all Valve and their fans celebration though. Retro-Moto, a studio comprised of former I/O Interactive developers responsible for creating the Hitman series, got their World War II MMO shooter Heroes and Generals greenlit. Hyper Sloth’s Dream, an H.P. Lovecraft inspired exploration and adventure game is also on board. For anyone that still needs even more horror in their lives, Lunar Software’s science fiction horror game Routine was also picked up.
It’s not all shooting and horror. Mikolaj Kaminski’s goofy as hell spoof McPixel made it in, Quentin Tarantino-flavored sword fighting game Kenshi, and the weird city building meets dungeon master sim Towns.
What has Steam Greenlight taught us? If you thought people were sick of zombies and shooters, you were DEAD wrong.
Puns aside, it’ll be interesting to see if Steam Greenlight can bring attention to games that don’t already have significant followings. All ten of these selections have attained some popularity on other platforms.