Half-Life 25th Anniversary Update Now Available

    The original game is available for free on Steam for a limited time.

    Valve has released a new 25th anniversary update for the original Half-Life. The update includes several new maps, adjustments, and more. The original game is also available for free on Steam until November 20. 

    The original Half-Life is one of the most iconic games in the entire history of the medium. Valve initially launched the first-person shooter in 1998. The title spawned several spinoffs, sequels, and other games inspired by the original release. Recently, Valve announced that they are working with Nvidia on a remix of Half-Life 2 that utilizes RTX. More information on Half Life 2 RTX Remix will be revealed in the coming months. 

    Half-Life 25th Anniversary Update Details

    On November 17, Valve released an official website detailing new updates that are available now in the original Half-Life as part of the game’s 25th anniversary. The update includes the following:

    • Half-Life Uplink, a new mini campaign that was originally exclusive in old magazines and hardware manufacturers. It is available now for free alongside the original Half-Life
    • 4 new original multiplayer maps, built by Valve’s level designers. 
      • Contamination
      • Pool Party
      • Disposal
      • Rocket Frenzy
    • Updated graphics settings
      • Widescreen field of view
      • Lighting fixes 
      • Software rendering on Linux
    • Controller and Steam Networking support
    • Steam Deck support
    • UI scaling support
    • Restored content
      • Original main menu artwork
      • Valve logo intro video
      • Ivan the Space Biker and Proto-Barney
    • Half-Life: Further Data Content (A CD that used to be available exclusively in retail stores). 
      • Three New Multiplayer Maps
        • Double Cross
        • Rust Mill
        • Xen DM
      • Two MP player models
    • Dozens of sprays
    • And several further bug fixes and adjustments. 

    Additionally information about all the new content available in the update is available on the official Half-Life anniversary website. Lastly, the update is available now alongside the original Half-Life, which is available for free until November 20. 

    Saras Rajpal
    Saras Rajpal
    Saras is a passionate creative writer, with a love for immersive sims, superhero games, and Persona. He is currently writing a thesis about Persona 5 and is pursuing a career as a full-time writer.

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