A mere six months after the discharge of their Half-Life 2 VR mod, the devs over on the Source VR Mod Workforce are gearing up for the discharge of Half-Life 2: VR Mod – Episode 1 later right now. Oh, and the Episode 2 model releases on April 6, a pair weeks from now. I am starting to suppose they’re simply stunting on Valve’s growth occasions at this level.

A goggles-based reimplementation of the primary game within the Half-Life 2 Episodes trilogy (any day now!), the VR mod for HL2 Episode 1 is a “community-made adaptation of Valve’s episodic continuation of Half-Life 2, reworked into a totally roomscale Digital Actuality expertise”. It’s going to work on any VR headset that SteamVR helps. If, like me, you haven’t any thought what headsets which means, this is a listing of probably the most distinguished ones:

  • Valve Index (naturally)
  • HTC Vive
  • Oculus Rift (and Quest 2)
  • Home windows Combined Actuality headsets

You could find a full checklist of SteamVR-compatible headsets right here, however I would enterprise to say that those above are what most customers are gonna be enjoying on. If you happen to additionally occur to personal a bHaptics vest, the Episode 1 VR mod has new assist for that too, so you possibly can actually reside the expertise of dying in a hail of Mix gunfire.

In addition to all that, it appears just like the Episode 1 mod will play equally to the one for the unique HL2. The weapons have been tweaked to make sense in VR—you will must pump the shotgun and regular the SMG with each palms, for instance—and you will not have the ability to teleport round Half-Life: Alyx-style. Doing so would run the chance of producing some actually gnarly physics glitches. You may simply must run round like some type of caveman enjoying a standard, non-VR videogame. 

That would result in points with movement illness for some, notably in that one sequence where Gordon and Alyx plunge a number of hundred ft within the rusted carcass of an previous van, however it’s most likely downright snug in comparison with the horrors you’d endure if you happen to by chance teleported in a manner the Source Engine physics system did not like.

So if you happen to’ve been sitting round in your headset and haptics vest simply ready for one thing first rate to play, you possibly can choose up Half-Life 2: VR Mod – Episode 1 over on Steam totally free when it releases in about six hours from the time this was printed. You may have to personal the unique Half-Life 2: Episode 1, after all, however I am fairly certain practically all of us do by now.