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Half-Life comic A Place In The West hits Steam with Chapter 4

The popular licensed story continues with an all-new 30-page edition, out now exclusively via Steam.

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29 NOVEMBER 2017 -- The eagerly awaited fourth chapter of Half-Life: A Place in the West is now available exclusively via Steam.

The popular Half-Life comic - which started life as a fan project before acquiring an official license from Valve for commercial release - now has over 75,000 readers on Steam. The latest issue, A Spy in the House of Long, takes place in the immediate aftermath of Chapter 3, and deals with the ramifications and fallout of... well, let's not spoil things, shall we?

"We started work on Chapter 4 since before we even released Chapter 3, and we're extremely proud of the result," said co-creator Ross Joseph Gardner.

He added: "While we're pleased with all the chapters we've put out, and the quality on display from all our wonderful artists, we really feel that Chapter 4 marks a significant leap in quality to us. A Place In The West started out as a fan project, and I think since then the comic has really come into its own. We couldn't be more excited about taking the story forward."

The release comes just 10 days after the 19th anniversary of the release of Half-Life.

The first issue of Half-Life: A Place in the West is available to download for free, with subsequent issues priced at $1.99 / £1.59. Chapter 4 - A Spy in the House of Long consists of 30 gorgeously rendered pages, and is available exclusively via Steam.

About Half-Life: A Place in the West

Half-Life: A Place in the West is a licensed, fan-made comic book set within Valve's acclaimed Half-Life universe, in which Earth has fallen under the grip of the totalitarian Combine empire following a scientific experiment gone very wrong.

As a group of military commandos sweep across the American wasteland kidnapping children, a troubled father, an intrepid young scientist, and an ancient alien warrior are drawn to the strange city from which the attackers sprung: New Franklin. Once inside, they discover a powerful secret - but the city holds many dangers, and deceptive temptations.

Faced with warring clans, diabolical experiments, a treacherous conspiracy, and the growing shadow of the Combine, they must unlock New Franklin’s mysteries before it’s too late - and the lives of everyone in the city hang in the balance.

Half-Life: A Place in the West delivers a compelling story, and a complex and intriguing cast of all-new characters, drawing on the rich mythology of the Half-Life universe in an entirely new medium for the series.

Half-Life: A Place in the West represents the first time Valve has officially licensed its Half-Life IP to the comic book medium. The series, created by Ross Joseph Gardner and Michael Pelletier, will run for a total of 13 issues and is exclusively available via Steam, readable via a bespokely designed app. Issue 1 is free to download, with subsequent chapters released sequentially as paid DLC, varying between 25 and 30 pages in length.

About the Creators

Half-Life: A Place in the West is the brainchild of Ross Joseph Gardner and Michael Pelletier, who have been writing together for more than a decade - first on game modifications for Half-Life and Doom, before moving into the world of comics.

The art team has involved the talents of Heath Heil, Ester Salguero, Ivan Miranda, Rachel Deering, Javier Puga, and Kristian Rossi.

Half-Life: A Place in the West has also been assisted on the application side by several individuals including Marnamai, Aaron Garcha, Tero Knuutinen, and Chris Jolley.

 

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