Valve makes Half-Life games free until Alyx release

Joanna Estrada
January 22, 2020

The Source-powered version of Half-Life, expansions Blue Shift and Opposing Force, and Half-Life 2 and expansions Episode One and Episode Two will be free until March via Steam.

Valve says Half-Life: Alyx was "designed from the ground up" for Virtual Reality and "features all of the hallmarks of a classic Half-Life game", including "world exploration, puzzle solving, visceral combat, and an intricately woven story that connects it all with the characters iconic to the Half-Life universe".

It's unclear what all this new Half-Life: Collection will include, but in addition to the original Half-Life and all the episodes of Half-Life 2, it may come with the wealth of DLC and multiplayer extras which are also available on Steam, such as Half-Life 2: Deathmatch.

To that end, all Steam users will be able to download and play Half-Life, Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode 1, and Half-Life 2: Episode 2 for free until Half-Life Alyx launches some time in March. Not only that, as an added way to ring in the long-awaited sequel, this new collection will apparently be free to play (not necessarily free to own) "until [the] launch of Half-Life: Alyx".

As noted by various Steam forum users, the notification described a Half-Life: Alyx event where the Half-Life Collection would be free until the game's release.

All Half-Life offerings including The Orange Box still show pricing, so it's possible Valve will put the event live later today or sometime this week, unless there was a mistake. And despite the notification, which links to an error page, Valve hasn't made any announcements.

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