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The Stanley Parable "almost there", will release next month

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This is a news post about a man named Stanley. Stanley was the star of The Stanley Parable , a first-person ambulator mod for Half-Life 2. In it, he was guided through a dark and humorous meta-narrative by an avuncular narrator with an inimitable style. A style that was nevertheless a boon for a lazy writer who needed a pithy way to introduce the news that the game's upgraded, standalone version would be released next month.

"I'm finally at a point where I can tell you with full confidence that the Stanley Parable will be released in October 2013," writes creator Davey Wreden . "We are mere weeks away! Still a lot to do, but man, we're almost there. Almost there. Almost there. Almost there."

There's no exact date yet, but the standalone game - formerly called The Stanley Parable HD Remix - will be appearing on Steam after a successful Greenlight campaign.

For a taste of what to expect, you can find the original mod here . Or you can read Wreden's Helpful Development Showcases , where he imparts important development tips like how to make a door that won't kill the player . Or , you can watch some of the excellent trailers, embedded below.

Phil Savage

Phil has been writing for PC Gamer for nearly a decade, starting out as a freelance writer covering everything from free games to MMOs. He eventually joined full-time as a news writer, before moving to the magazine to review immersive sims, RPGs and Hitman games. Now he leads PC Gamer's UK team, but still sometimes finds the time to write about his ongoing obsessions with Destiny 2, GTA Online and Apex Legends. When he's not levelling up battle passes, he's checking out the latest tactics game or dipping back into Guild Wars 2. He's largely responsible for the whole Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.