Half-Life celebrates 25th Anniversary with new update, game currently available for free

Published: Nov 17th 2023, 20:13 GMT   Comments

Half-Life update for 25th Anniversary

A return to a classic game from Valve, which is turning 25 in just 2 days. 

Valve is giving away a free copy of Half-Life, so anyone can grab the game and keep it in their library. This offer comes at the same time that the creators are releasing a special update for the game that’s been around for 25 years.

Valve acknowledges that the focus has been on various new titles, but the anniversary provided an excellent opportunity to refresh the classic title and add some fresh features. Half-Life just got a new graphics setting and some new content that was missing from the original game. Valve has restored the original intro and added a few fixes.

Half Life 25th Anniversary Update, Source:The Verge

New content has been added, including CD exclusives such as Half-Life Uplink and Half-Life Further Data, as well as four new multiplayer maps. The UI has been improved for high-resolution displays, and there is even official support for Steam Deck and controller support.

Regarding graphics, the game now offers a widescreen field of view and the option to disable texture smoothing on GL renders. The game supports software rendering on Linux, and there are several lighting fixes for long-lost GL overbright.

In addition, Valve made a special video that talks to the people who made the original game. If you are eager to learn more about the title that made Valve popular, it is worth a watch.

[Valve] Half-Life: 25th Anniversary Documentary (3,020,283 views)

The Half-Life 25th Anniversary Update probably isn’t as good as Black Mesa, a specially modified version of the game that adds more graphics fidelity. However, this may be a matter of preference, as many gamers may still prefer the original game, which is now slightly refreshed and available for free. It’s important to know that the free game only has the base game, not the two extra DLCs that came later. Moreover, there is no news about a potential Half-Life 2 update or the long-expected Half-Life 3.

Source: Steam, Neowin, The Verge

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