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The years of waiting will soon be over End: Half-Life 2 VR is in the starting blocks and should be even better after the launch.
The mod team announces on the project’s website that Half-Life 2 VR will be released in September. The mod has been in a private beta test for months and will soon be launching a public beta.
“The mostly The positive feedback of the last few weeks has convinced us that the game in its current form can not only be played through completely from start to end but also a lot of fun, and we want to give you the opportunity to experience it for yourself,” writes the mod team.
MIXED colleague Max also took part in the private beta test and found Half-Life 2 VR to be better than the original.
The team is waiting for Valve’s response
It is still unclear whether the project will receive the green light from Valve. Without a license, the team cannot release Half-Life 2 VR on Steam. This would make the installation more cumbersome, but would not further delay the release.
“We are still awaiting approval from the party Valve, and we don’t know how much longer that will be,” the mod team’s blog reads. If the approval does not come, the mod will be published outside of Steam.
The project does not end with the launch of the open beta, on the contrary. The team describes what they intend to do next in a roadmap.
“A project as large and ambitious as Half-Life 2: VR is never really finished. There is still a lot we can do and improve to make it the best possible VR experience close.”
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Big plans for Half-Life 2 VR
First of all, the team wants the bring both add-on episodes into VR. The majority of the expansions are already well playable and after the launch of the open beta the team wants to full VR support for Episode One and Two.
An area of the core game that could use some tweaking, are the weapons. Many gadgets do not yet support hand poses, and some animations and effects are missing or incomplete. “We are working on it and will gradually release updates as we make progress,” it says.
These too The team wants to improve control and locomotion. The developers are considering support for teleportation and additional comfort options for vehicles.
The team is also working on a Revision of the 3D models and textures
with the help of AI upscaling. The improvements are intended to stay true to the original game. The maps should also be overhauled and receive improved lighting, more details and VR optimizations.
Half-Life 2 : VR will be free but requires Steam installation of the original game.
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