Half-Life 2 is getting a VR mod, and it’s arriving in beta form this September.
Half-Life 2: VR, a headset version of the narrative FPS classic will begin its open beta on PC next month – but no specific date has been announced just yet.
“Good news, everyone!” said a statement from the Source VR Mod Team, which is making the mod. “The wait is nearly over – the Half-Life 2: VR public beta is launching in September. And yes, we do mean this year.”
The mod is currently undergoing a closed playtest. It runs on SteamVR, so any headset using the Steam platform can be used to play Half-Life 2: VR. It’s been tested on the Index, Quest, Vive, and Pimax headsets.
Half-Life 2 is one of the most best-loved games of all time, revolutionizing the FPS genre and bringing a thrilling new chapter to the story of Gordon Freeman. Originally released in 2004, the game got an official VR sequel in the form of Half-Life: Alyx back in 2020.
Now, the previous game is making its way to SteamVR headsets thanks to the dedication of a mod team that’s been working on the project since 2017.
“Half-Life 2: VR was originally greenlit on Steam back in 2017,” explained the team. “It has since gone through its own kind of development hell and was all but abandoned. In July 2021, a new influx of team members has revitalized the project, and it is now close to actually being released to the public.”
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The mod will be free to download but does require a copy of Half-Life 2 to play. At the moment, it’s unclear whether the mod will launch on Steam itself:
“We are still waiting for approval by Valve, and we do not know how much longer that will take,” the steam explained. “If our Store page gets approved by September, we will launch on Steam as planned. If not, we will prepare an alternative launch outside of Steam. Either way, we are excited to have you play the mod in September!”
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