The first Half-Life 2: VR beta will be released in September

Half-Life 2: VR

Would you like to play Half-Life 2 in virtual reality? That is the goal that a team called SourceVR Mod Team has set itself, which as its name indicates, develops virtual reality mods for the Source engine, although the project that concerns us in this entry seems to be the only one in which it is working.

In other words, and contrary to Half-Life: Alyx, it doesn’t seem that Valve is behind the mod to offer a virtual reality experience through Half-Life 2, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t become an official product of the franchise.

At the moment Half-Life 2: VR does not have an expected release date, but SourceVR Mod Team hopes to publish a public beta in September of this year, probably on some Friday of that month. That sets the days 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 as candidates, but seeing that this is an apparently volunteer-driven project, it is better to take those dates more as a possibility than as a commitment.

SourceVR Mod Team not only intends to incorporate a virtual reality provision into Half-Life 2, but also intends to employ the improvement in the artificial intelligence to apply a review of the assets and textures of the game and make adjustments to the arsenal of weapons to include a greater range of animations and two-handed poses. At the moment, most weapons support manual reloading and two-handed aiming in the private versions of the mod that have been developed.

Despite the 18 years that have passed since its initial release, Half-Life 2 is still today one of the best first-person shooters thanks mainly to its exquisite level design. The player faces during the adventure a great variety of situations while traveling a gigantic corridor that will take him through different contexts and settings. Great work at the design level makes the development hardly have ups and downs, which contributes to catching the player. In short, this is a masterpiece of the genre.

After Half-Life 2 came the two episodes and the first Portal, which came to be released together with Team Fortress 2 in a package called The Orange Box in 2007. In 2011 Portal 2 was released and since then we have been waiting for Half-Life 3, but it seems that Valve set the bar so high with the titles published so far that they don’t dare, so we had to be content with Half-Life: Alyx, a title totally oriented to virtual reality.

SourceVR Mod Team intends, at least for now, to publish the virtual reality mod for Half-Life 2 as free content, so at least Windows users should have it available to them once it is available as a stable product. We leave you with the trailer for the public beta that is expected to be published in September 2022.

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