A crew of amateur developers has stepped into Valve's shoes by creating a long-overdue update for Half-Life 2. The mod, dubbed Half-Life 2: Update, will bring a decade-old title into the modern era with graphical upgrades, big fixes, and a handful impressive add-ons.
About five or six years ago, Arkane Studios was creating a Half-Life 2 Episode entitled, "Return to Ravenholm." The project was cancelled but still lives on through screenshots leaked today.
Holy snaps! That's the best way to describe Jurassic Life, the upcoming mod for Half-Life 2 that recreates the Jurassic Park experience in Valve's old but trusty Source Engine. The new teaser trailer – while still an obvious work in progress – is easily one of the most polished looking total conversions I've ever witnessed and it could be one of the breakout hits of 2013.
Later this week, Half-Life's fan remake Black Mesa will be released after eight years of development. The team behind the remake has sent out screenshots to give everyone a taste of what they should expect from this reincarnation.
Black Mesa, a fan-made remake of the original Half-Life, will finally be released to the public this month. The project has been in development since way back in 2004, so hopefully you like it.
It's been years since Valve has said anything of note about Half-Life 2: Episode 3. In spite of their silence, we have an update on the game anyway. A fan site has managed to get ahold of some concept art from the game.
Today Valve revealed that Half-Life 2 would be released for Mac OS X on May 26th. They made the announcement via a pretty snazzy video.
Today Valve announced that it's bringing its digital distribution service Steam to the Mac. It will launch in April with several Valve-developed titles such as Left 4 Dead 2, Portal, and the Half-Life series.
Physics sandbox game Garry's Mod is now half its normal price on Steam. It'll cost you only $5 to buy this week.
Valve's Doug Lombardi says that the company decided to make Left 4 Dead 2 rather than Half-Life 2 because, among other reasons, it's actually simpler to develop.
The Orange Box was already a ridiculous bargain but it's even more so this weekend. From Friday until Sunday, it's 66% cheaper.
Now that Left 4 Dead has a solid release date, it's time everyone starts bugging Valve over Half Life 2: Episode Three so we get it before the universe collapses. Valve, used to being nagged by gamers at this point, is preparing to release news on the latest adventure of Gordon Freeman soon.
PC gamers who didn't purchase the Orange Box will have a chance to buy the new individual titles from the bundle - Portal, Half Life 2: Episode Two and Team Fortress 2 - in retail stores by the end of March. The idea of someone not owning Orange Box yet if they have a PC capable of running it (or an Xbox 360 or PS3) boggles my mind, but there's at least a few of you out there and here's a chance to repent.