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    Alien Swarm "Versus" Mode

    Recently, I learned from Lightfoot that Alien Swarm was originally set to feature a "Versus" mode a la L4D and that there are still traces of it in the game's files.

    I'd like to know more about this. What was the original plan for this game mode and why was it cut in the end?

    Thanks in advance

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    It was really nothing like that. One player (the OVERLORD) would control the aliens RTS style while the other players were marines.

    Why was it cut? No idea.
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    Well, BiG_D said the following things about Alien Swarm Versus.

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    Now Dalai had mentioned the attempt at player controlled aliens, and said it really didn't work, but I would like to know where resources fit into this...
    Quote Originally Posted by BiG_D View Post
    Overlord mode: You had the same top down view, movement keys simply controlled the camera. You could select aliens RTS style, tell them where to move, who to attack, etc. You were in charge of triggering some of the spawners, eggs were also under your control. You could chose to have an egg spawn a buzzer, a parasite, or a normal soldier.

    That's about all I remember. ReactorCore was the ony map (I think) rigged with the nessecary actors for the gametype to work (minimap, spawner textures, etc.)
    Seems to me that Dalai didn't think playing as aliens was very workable, and Overlord Mode required lots of rigging with nessecary [sic] actors. That might be a lot of extra work for a secondary mode.

    And don't get me started on all the NAC Cells problems that would cause.

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    More power to the warp core?

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    Overlord mode was a lot of fun! We decided it needed special maps made for it: non-linear layouts with spread out resources the alien and marine players would complete for. We haven't yet had the time to explore the idea further.

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    Let's hope it will make its way into AS:I, then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyTheWolf View Post
    Let's hope it will make its way into AS:I, then.
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    Please, stay on topic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyTheWolf View Post
    Please, stay on topic.
    I dont think an attempt at humor is off topic. Compared with that contentless statement.

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    Please, stay on topic.

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