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10 March 2016 - Public Beta Released

The From Earth public beta is now available for download via Steam here. From Earth requires you to own Half-Life 2 (which is roughly 10 euros at the time of writing) on your Steam account, but you should not need to have it installed. The mod itself is a 5GB download and should run on any computer that can run Portal or any other Source Engine games of that period.

What is From Earth?

For those unfamiliar with From Earth, here's a short synopsis:

You take the role of Zenaida Liu, one of two human beings sent on a voyage to a remote alien planet designated EX775. As the first humans to ever set foot on the planet, she and her companion, Anthony Yaremov, have little to no idea of what to expect. Anthony soon runs into trouble with the local alien government, and Zenaida must find a way to rendezvous with him before the situation can escalate. She has to make a choice between either fighting the local populace or trying to learn their language in order to communicate with them. With limited resources on an unknown, potentially hostile alien world, Zenaida must find a way to use the alien technology to her advantage.



From Earth features a first person combat system that the player can use to fight the Z-Duw government soldiers Ė if they so choose, that is. Alternatively, the player can unlock alien words by simply listening to what the aliens are saying and attempt to use our custom built language system to unlock alien sentences. Once the player has unlocked an alien sentence they can always speak that sentence without having to use the language system. The player must also examine the alienís technology in order to understand how it works. If one pays close attention to how the aliens themselves utilise this technology, they too can learn how to utilise it. The player also has an array of climbing abilities, allowing them to stay out of sight of the the Z-Duw project soldiers trying to catch them.

So, what is included and not included in this public beta?

The public beta features the entire From Earth storyline. Simply put, you can play it from beginning to the end. Some choreographed scenes might be a bit unfinished, and there are certainly placeholder models in place in some sections of the game. That said, all major features are in and the game, as stated, is fully playable. However, because of the scope of the game it was impossible for us to find enough playtesters to properly give the game a thorough examination. So, we are releasing the public beta in order to gain feedback on the game in its entirety. Is the language system fun? Is the combat too difficult or too easy? Is it intuitive to try and create new items? And so on. Any and all feedback is appreciated. We will do our best to iterate and improve the game based on your feedback.

Some aspects of the game might be more difficult to change, but don't be afraid to leave any kind of suggestions on the Steam forums for From Earth.

What's in store for the future?

We will obviously try to fix any bugs that arise, balance the gameplay and fix any parts of the game that are too difficult or are simply not interesting enough. We will also continue to roll out visual updates to the game as we go forward. The aforementioned placeholder models will eventually be replaced, and we will continue adding new props to the game. On that note, please don't be afraid to leave any feedback on the visual aspects of the game either, as this allows us to know where we should be focusing our efforts.

Apart from that there will some smaller updates and even some small feature additions too. I am also thinking of adding Workshop integration and writing a few tutorials for people interested making maps for From Earth, but right now it's too early to say if there will be anyone interested in pursuing that Ė itís simply a possibility going forward.

From Earth

At the moment I am thinking future updates will be released on Friday. I will try to provide adequate warning beforehand if there's ever an update that might potentially break your save files. You can follow From Earth on Twitter or Facebook for more frequent updates and descriptions of what will be included in that weekís update.


by Au-heppa
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53.  From Earth Postmortem - 20 August 2018
52.  Friday Update VIII - 13 May 2016
51.  1 April 2016 - Friday Update III
50.  25 March 2016 - Friday Update II
49.  18 March 2016 - Friday Update I
48.  10 March 2016 - Public Beta Released
47.  28 February 2016 - Public Beta Release Date
46.  31 January 2016 - Public Beta
45.  27 September 2015 - Merging Items
44.  20 September 2015 - Teaser Trailer
43.  13 September 2015 - Custom Items
42.  8 April 2015 - Voice Actors, Streams, and Alien Posters
41.  6 December 2014 - Asi pos Ruumste
40.  22 October 2014 - Steam Greenlight
39.  14 June 2014 - Language Barriers
38.  12 February 2014 - Language System
37.  28 December 2013 - Fighting System
36.  6 June 2013 - Level Designers and a Voice Actress
35.  28 April 2013 - Playtesting From Earth
34.  8 April 2013 - Alien AI
33.  18 March 2013 - From The Darkness
32.  4 March 2013 - Climbing System
31.  4 February 2013 - Interaction System
30.  14 January 2013 - First Person
29.  7 January 2013 - What happened to Human Error?
28.  1 January 2013 - From Earth
27.  15 February 2012 - LAST ZOMBIE
26.  16 December 2011 - World Of Water
25.  11 December 2011 - Speech Bubbles
24.  7 December 2011 - Making Of Water Part III
23.  3 December 2011 - Making Of Water Part II
22.  1 December 2011 - Making Of Water Part I
21.  21 November 2011 - A quick look into the making of a gesture
20.  13 November 2011 - Water Released
19.  6 November 2011 - Water Release Date
18.  30 July 2011 - Human Error Source Code Released
17.  6 January 2011 - First Ever Weapon Render
16.  3 December 2010 - Water
15.  26 November 2010 - Controllable Manhacks
14.  28 July 2010 - Alyx Mode and More
13.  14 July 2010 - Human Error Co-op Beta Released
12.  29 May 2010 - Alien Grunt & Controller Give Away
11.  26 April 2010 - He's a frakking Traitor
10.  8 Feb 2010 - Human Error Released
9.  7 Feb 2010 - This Is Larson
8.  29 Dec 2009 - 2010 Trailer
7.  28 Dec 2009 - Super Secret Beta Testing Blog
6.  17 Nov 2009 - Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
5.  17 Oct 2009 - This Is Noah
4.  23 Jul 2009 - This Is Embarassing
3.  1 Jul 2009 - This Is Au-heppa
2.  17 Mar 2009 - HLSS in Podcast 17
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