Fans of Valve’s iconic Half-Life series were excited to spot the sudden appearance of Half-Life 2: Remastered Collection on Steam this week. While sadly not an official Valve product, it is in fact the next version of the excellent Half-Life 2: Update mod from the same team – which will presumably include all the Episode DLC too.
Half-Life 2: Update initially launched in 2015 from community member and modder Filip Victor, and was good enough to get its own Steam page and support from Valve. The update included a major overhaul to the lighting system and new fog and particle effects. There were also many bug fixes.
Filip Victor is currently working on the new Half-Life 2: Remastered Collection. This was first spotted by SteamDB. It sounds like it was intended to be an update for Half-Life 2: Update, but that was changed to include Valve’s episodic expansions. Presumably, the creator has decided the update is big enough to justify its own standalone release, and it’ll apparently put the previous Update “to shame”.
Tyler McVicker (Valve/Source reporter) claims that the project is approved by Valve – possibly because Valve has granted permission for Half-Life 2: Remastered Collection to have its own Steam page. There’s currently no release date for this project and the page isn’t up yet, so fans looking to try it out will have to be patient – something they should be used to, by now.
This project was confirmed by Half-Life 2 Update Team.
Reporting incoming pic.twitter.com/W0r9cnKhie
— Tyler McVicker (@Tyler_McV) July 29, 2021
Valve is unlikely to plan to update any of its games using remasters. Instead, it will focus on creating new games such as Half-Life: Alyx or shockingly interesting portable PCs. This leaves the community free to make amazing remasters like Black Mesa and Black Mesa.
Publited Sat 31 July 2021 at 15:57:01 +0000