Shattered (Halloween Horror 2: The Darkness)
Created in three weeks in collaboration with Jaycie Ewald for the Map Labs "Halloween Horror 2" competition in October 2019, in which it won third place.
Halloween Horror is as the name suggests, a halloween competition. The specific theme this time was to utilise darkness in a unique way. We used broader definitions of darkness to try and tell a sort of existential horror story. We rolled with an idea that we had come up with for our Blockout entry, where we mashed together some otherwise disconnected environments with hints tying them back to memorable locations from Half-Life 2.
Throughout the map, the environments the player traverses are seemingly corrupted in places, and some strange force manifesting itself as an etheral ghostly sort of police force is trying to eliminate you.
This map was fantastic! [...] the atmosphere was insane - the ending was some of the best effects use I've seen in a HL2 map. — Chris Weyland, Map Labs