Levitation, a mod that continues the story of Valve’s hit VR game Half-Life: Alyx, is now accessible on Steam. The mod picks up right after the occasions of Half-Life: Alyx, bringing the titular character and her pal Russell again to Metropolis 17 to avoid wasting her buddies, and probably the entire resistance.

Half-Life: Alyx – Levitation has gone from announcement to completion in very brief order, particularly compared to the event of the game itself: It was solely revealed in April this 12 months. The ultimate result’s scaled again a wee bit from what was initially promised—the story is anticipated to run 3-4 hours, moderately than 4-5—besides it appears like a really beefy expertise, with eight ranges that includes new voice traces and character animations. The launch trailer seems fairly nice, too.

“Alyx returns to Metropolis-17 after assembly the G-MAN, and groups up with Russell as soon as once more,” the Steam Workshop web page says. “Throughout her absence, a mysterious levitating constructing appeared within the Sector X area of Metropolis-17. Two key members of the resistance named Barry and Maya determined to infiltrate and examine Sector X—till their sign went quiet…”

Response to Half-Life: Alyx – Levitation may be very optimistic to this point. Steam consumer Rabid Baby described it within the feedback as “Valve-level high quality design,” whereas BossMan says Levitation because the “similar stage of high quality as [the] base game.”

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The one constant criticism of the mod is that efficiency is seemingly not nice, though it is not clear at this level how common that have is. It appears that evidently the builders are trying into it: In response to 1 latest tweet about efficiency points, undertaking lead Shawn Snelling, AKA FMPONE, requested if the consumer was on a Quest or Index headset. (There’s been no reply but.)

Regardless of being a considerable and refined addition to the Half-Life litany, Half-Life: Alyx – Levitation is free: To play, you simply have to subscribe to the mod through the Workshop web page, after which begin taking part in half one. Subsequent chapters will robotically load up when wanted. You may additionally want Half-Life: Alyx and a VR headset (a Valve Index, HTC Vive, or Oculus Rift) to play it on if you’d like the right expertise, however you are missing which you can take a shot with a non-VR mod as an alternative: A few of them are form of (or extraordinarily) janky, however they carry on getting higher.