A Half-Life 2 fan-made remaster, titled Half-Life 2: Remastered Collection, is seemingly coming to Steam with Valve’s permission.
Listings for the game were spotted on SteamDB as far back as last year, however, the page has been relatively dormant since. According to its Steam DB page, Half-Life 2 Remastered Collection is not being developed by Valve, but instead, by Filip Victor, a modder who developed the Half-Life: Update mod that launched on the Steam store in 2015.
Valve reporter Tyler McVicker added to the speculation surrounding the game in a tweet recently. Mcvicker said that he is “able to confirm” the legitimacy of the project and that it is “being made by the former Half-Life 2: Update team”.
I have been able to confirm this projects legitimacy, being made by the former Half-Life 2: Update team.
Report incoming. pic.twitter.com/W0r9cnKhie
— Tyler McVicker (@Tyler_McV) July 29, 2021
The original Half-Life 2: Update mod, released in 2015 on the Steam store, is a 7GB add-on that served up a number of visual enhancements to Half-Life 2 and its two further episodic expansions. The mod itself includes improved lighting effects and more detailed environmental textures. It also looked to rectify a number of bugs that affected the original PC release version.
While it appears that Remastered Collection will include the base game and Episodes 1 and 2, very few other details about the game have been revealed by Filip Victor. However, the modder did address fans in a recent Half-Life 2: Update thread where he said the newest version will put its predecessors “to shame”.
Whilst modders have continued to work on Half-Life 2 over the years, Valve its self returned to the series with Half-Life: Alyx – the company’s first take on Half-Life meets VR. Take a look at our review of Half-Life: Alyx where we gave the stunning VR title a 10/10.
Alternatively, for more on Half-Life: Alyx, why not check out this article where we delve into why Valve was semi-afraid of fan reactions to Half-Life Alyx’s ending. For those of you who have played Half-Life 2 and its subsequent expansions, IGN spoke to Valve last year to find out why Half-Life 2: Episode 3 was never made.
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.