A group of modders is working on a remastered collection of the Half-Life 2 trilogy in a “Half-Life 2 Remastered Collection,” as evidenced through a page on SteamDB listing the title. The entry was discovered only a few hours ago through SteamDB data mining and posted on Twitter by industry insider Tyler McVicker who also linked the SteamDB page for this project. Apparently, it’s being worked on by the same team behind the spectacular “Half-Life 2 Update” that added an assortment of improvements to the original Half-Life 2, to the extent where Valve itself gave their blessing by making Half-Life 2 Update an official release for the title.
Valve is known to be relatively lax when it comes to fan projects, for better or for worse, going as far as supporting and even marketing these projects on Steam, so it should come as no surprise that this project too is being worked on with Valve’s consent.
While both Half-Life 1 and Half-Life 2 have received updates and improvements in various forms over the years, Half-Life 1 even getting a full-on fan remake from the ground up with the incredible Black Mesa, Half-Life 2 Episode 1, and Half-Life 2 Episode 2 haven’t had the luxury of that same treatment. However, This release is not just a remaster of those two episodic titles but is also a further update to the “Half-Life 2 Update”. While we don’t have an idea as to what this remaster is going to bring to the table in terms of improvements, it is honestly going to be very nice seeing a modern re-release of Half-Life 2 polishing out its admittedly very few rough aspects and hopefully painting a new sheen to its shiniest features.
The project is supposedly coming soon to Steam(obviously) with no further release date as of yet.