Turns out he can die. But not in the final game.
Half-Life left us with many unanswered questions, like who or what was the G-Man? How many experiments has Black Mesa conducted? How did a science nerd defeat a literal army with tanks and helicopters? Are all security guards clones? Unfortunately, it looks like we will never get the answer to any of these questions. While we can extrapolate a bit more about the G-Man from the sequels and Half-Life: Alyx, he remains a conundrum. However, we learned a few more details about him through a Half-Life: Source resource leak.
While no information on the G-Man himself has been found, leaks have come across animations suggesting that at some point the devs didn’t make him the unstoppable bullet-shaking juggernaut. . As revealed by a Twitter account named… Magic Nipples [sigh], dataminers have found what appears to be a death animation for the mysterious bureaucrat. Maybe at some point in the development cycle Valve planned to make it killable. Most likely though, the animation team just created the footage as a backup.
However, while we haven’t learned anything new about the G-Man, the leaks have answered a question that many gamers have had from the start of the game. Do you remember that ridiculously long train ride that you have to perform as part of the introductory sequence? At one point, you pass an Apache helicopter that seems to be about to take off. However, the train passes before taking off, leaving you wondering if it took off after such a long ride.
It looks like dataminers found animations showing the helicopter taking off, but we just couldn’t see it. Unfortunately, there is also an animation showing the helicopter crashing later. It is unknown if this is the same helicopter or the military helicopter that you can shoot down.
Among other things that were discovered was “Cut Gargantua [animations]assassin cut [animations]full set of animations for ivan, day one animations for gordon, first valve guy textures, hd textures for random shit and devtest campaign sources.”
If you’re wondering, “Ivan the Space Biker” was Gordon Freeman’s original character model.
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