Sven Co-op, the now 17-year-old Half-Life co-op mod, is getting its standalone Steam release on the 22nd—this Friday. It’ll launch as a free download with several maps, including the original Half-Life campaign, reworked for the mod’s newest version.
Valve’s Marc Laidlaw, who helped write the Half-Life series and the original Portal, has left the company after 18 years. The news originally broke on the Half-Life subreddit, and Laidlaw later confirmed the news to us. Why’d he leave? He wanted a “break from the collaborative chaos of game production.”
You can judge a first person shooter almost entirely on the strengths of its shotguns. A good video game shotgun is a bold and challenging weapon; a bad shotgun is a feather duster at a distance of more than a few feet. A good shotgun makes you feel like a champion, capable of taking on the world. A bad shotgun makes…
It’s the talk of the Internet: a big Steam “leak” just dropped, and people are saying it “confirms” things like PC ports of Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture and Journey. Oh, and some little game called Half-Life 3. There is, however, reason to be skeptical.
Players have been waiting a while for Valve to release another Half-Life game. It’s taken long enough that it’s easy to forget all the drama that circled Half-Life 2’s development. You know, like a hacker leaking an early version of the game in September 2003, more than a year ahead of its actual release date.
Put it in the trashcan. Something something compliance. *whack*.
Remember Half-Life: Blue Shift, that expansion where you played as Barney, the security guard? Well, Blue Shift’s Source engine remake, Black Mesa: Insecurity, just got its very first teaser trailer. You can watch it below, and follow the mod’s Mod DB page and/or Black Mesa Forum thread for updates.
Do you like to crowbar people?
Inspired by Black Mesa’s Steam re-release, modder Hezus decided to return to his 2012 remake of Half-Life’s “Uplink” demo, Black Mesa Uplink, to update it with extra content. Above is his first screenshot, showing off the mod’s new look. You can follow the mod’s progress (or give the old version a try) over at Mod DB.
When Combine posters pop up in your apartment building, you should think about moving. 3D artist Liam Tart, who’s worked as an environment artist on Alien: Isolation, is remaking a small, familiar section of Half-Life 2 in Unreal Engine 4 to get out of his “usual sci-fi comfort zone.” You can follow his progress here.
And he’s brought his gravity gun with him.
Half-Life is one of the greatest games of all time, but it’s missing something. Obviously, that something is hamfisted advertising for Taco Bell.
In recent times, people have taken to calling Valve “evil.” Not negligent, not out of touch with their fans, but evil.
After all these years assuming we’d be finishing Gordon’s story, would the internet be ready for this? Actually, who cares, because this would be pretty great. Wake up and smell the ashes, Alyx...
While fans wonder if Valve will ever continue the Half-Life series, you can download an expanded version of long-in-development fan remake of the original, Black Mesa, right now.
It’d be easy to assume the GIF above is the most impressive part of this run, but it’s not.
An official Half-Life game from the creator of Deus Ex? Oh to live in the alternate universe where it actually happened.