Half-Life 2: Remastered Collection being developed by fan modders with consent from Valve

Written by Stuart Thomas on Fri, Jul 30, 2021 12:22 PM
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Valve has long been one of the biggest and most beloved developers of our time, creating some of the most popular games that have proven to be favorites even decades later. They’ve also been involved in a lot of community projects, and the latest one includes a Remastered collection of Half-Life 2 and its DLC episodes.

Created by some fan modders, the same team behind the Half-Life 2: Update mod in 2015, Half-Life 2: Remastered Collection recently popped up on SteamDB files. Valve has even reportedly given consent to the team behind it, much like the well received Half-Life 1 remake known as Black Mesa last year.

It’s currently unknown how far along the team is in development, nor what kind of improvements will be made or when the collection will be released. Judging by the work on HL2 Update though, we can expect some major improvements to the graphics like lighting, shadows, textures, bug fixes, and more.

Of course, with the release of Half-Life: Alyx brought the Source 2 engine development tools to modders, so maybe the HL2 Remastered Collection will be made with the updated engine. This is just speculation of course, and it's also unknown whether this will be another free fan mod like Half Life 2 Update, or whether it will be a paid release/Early Access like Black Mesa.

What do you think? Are you excited for a Half-Life 2 Remastered Collection? What improvements would you like to see in it? Let us know!

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17:31 Jul-31-2021

It's been 17 years since HALF LIFE 2. Why is VALVE not making HALF LIFE 3?

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18:26 Jul-31-2021

Because they thought the bar was set too high for their next game so they chickened out thinking they wouldn't be able to deliver a good enough sequel that would satisfy all the hype they built up. And also the original half life 2 team has more or less completely fallen apart in different ways. But now with Half Life Alyx they showed that they are now once again able to make a new Half Life game. Take this with a lot of salt, since i may be wrong, since this is all from the top of my head.

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00:07 Aug-01-2021

if i remember right, half life 2 episode 3 was scrapped 5 times. imo they never released it mostly because how valve is structured internally, where everyone can go on any project they want and there are no superiors(though its another can of worms in reality). They even had to do traditional company reassignment so they could finish hl alyx. valve is never going to make traditional "pancake mode" single player story based game ever, hl3 whole plot has been leaked years ago. Main half life franchise is dead in the water.

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11:06 Aug-02-2021

Because they don't wanna

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01:29 Jul-31-2021

If valve won't do it, then this is the least they can do.

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21:13 Jul-30-2021

Black Mesa was done well, so yeah, nice to see them remastering rest of the franchise too. HL2 didn't age that badly, but still, I am up for graphical overhaul, maybe even some improvements to gameplay, like Black Mesa was really great re-imagining of old HL1 as new game, while still keeping the spirit and feeling of original. So I do look forward to it.

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21:15 Jul-30-2021

Also definitely got to commend Valve for allowing it, this is how it is done right. Instead of just taking down anything fans try to make, they saw how they were doing good job and allowed it, which probably also allowed them to oversee it, to ensure it would be quality remaster. More publishers should do this, instead of just taking down and wiping all the good work.

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00:01 Jul-31-2021

as far as i know they only made a consent on the remaster and no further support from their part, also making money of steam store from this remaster helps as well :) All in all both parties gain from this so its kinda logical step from valve.

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18:28 Jul-30-2021

Me and my brother together have played 40 years of half life ...

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12:57 Jul-30-2021

If they can pull off a similarly great job as the guys with Black Mesa - that's gonna be a treat! Time will tell.


Also - props to Gaben for allowing this! (unlike some other companies that act scummy about fan work...)

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13:10 Jul-30-2021

why props? valve dont have to do anything in this case. Since obviously they are not interested in normal "pancake", story based games anymore, they might as well allow for unofficial remaster. I know rockstar and other companies are worse about this, but its not really commendable act from them, its okay, but nothing significantly good thats worth giving "props" imo

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14:47 Jul-30-2021

but if you do something bad while everyone is doing much worse then you are kind of good, no?

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15:06 Jul-30-2021

everyone or a few? there is a difference there

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14:48 Jul-30-2021

out of curiosity, how many other game studios in your opinion give permission to the community to make an entire Remaster of one of their most popular games?

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15:12 Jul-30-2021

i dont really know, care to enlighten me? from what i can remember from the top of my head, original studios in most cases just ignore them and there are quite a few of unofficial remakes/remasters of old games, just whip out google and you will see

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20:32 Jul-30-2021

If we look at Nintendo and Ubisoft as of recently - those guys are not very reputable when it comes to allowing the community to make remakes or spinoff games and their lawyer ninjas are quick. These are the main two I personally know for their actions, but I'm sure someone can chime in on how Take-Two, Sony, Blizzard, Capcom, Konami and other companies are doing. And we'll not even touch Disney and their lawyer powers when it comes to fan work (though it's not strictly a game company).


Gaben already allows the sale of Black Mesa (HL1 fan remaster) - something that he could just refuse on a whim, but he didn't. And he's allowing this new remaster again. That's good!

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20:34 Jul-30-2021

Plus he just looks like he is a gamer at heart anyway. Watching the full Steam Deck interviews, what he says and what he feels is important - he's not a bad guy. Great businessman, but not evil somehow.

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20:52 Jul-30-2021

Xquadrox i like steam/valve still but they are not as good as used to be and they have issues as well. here is good video that reports about that stuff. My point is that in this situation both parties gain and the one in question dont even have to do anything. In result it shouldnt be regarded as "good guy" move, its what should be expected from them in this case.

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15:23 Jul-30-2021

Also valve are going to get a cut of its sales since it is in steam store after all, so they dont have to do anything, they still earn money and they even get "props" for doing absolutely nothing

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20:35 Jul-30-2021

Yes, but you don't understand how stupidly lawyered-up and protective of their IPs other companies can be (gaming and non-gaming alike), even when it benefits them.

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20:41 Jul-30-2021

well yeah thats true

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