Few games have had the lasting impact on the industry as Valve’s Half-Life 2, thanks both to its stunning direction, compelling gameplay, and gorgeous visuals. To that last point, however, it has – like all things eventually do – aged quite a lot since its release way back in 2004. But while it’s unlikely that we’ll see a full-blown remake of the award-winning title, there has been some good news uncovered for fans of Gordon Freeman and his trek through a fictionalized Europe.
Industry insider Tyler McVicker made a rather exciting discovery through SteamDB data mining – a collection of modders are hard at work on a Half-Life 2: Remastered Collection. The collection would assumedly bring updated visuals and other improvements to Half-Life 2 and some of the other games directly connected to it. If that sounds cool to you, then you’ll be happy to hear that the good news doesn’t stop there.
Though it may initially sound like little more than your typical visual update mod, there’s actually an even better twist to this story. Valve, who has historically been very open to community projects, once gave their blessing to a team that went on to produce the Half-Life 2 Update, adding some much-needed upgrades to the game. After the company made it an official release on Steam, that very same team apparently saw an opportunity to improve the game even further and began working on this new Half-Life 2: Remastered Collection. In other words, it would be shocking if it doesn’t turn out to be an official remaster.
Receiving a full-blown, Valve-approved remaster of one of the most beloved video games of all time is something that should shake up the world of gaming upon release. Sadly, as of right now, there’s been no official announcement about the game from the team working on it, which also means there’s no way to know when we may finally see it launch. Rest assured, though, it’ll be worth the wait.