Modders Corey Laddo and Shawn Snelling have announced Half-Life: Alyx Levitation, a new mod for the VR title that will boast several hours of fresh story content. Half-Life: Alyx launched to critical acclaim in 2020 for Steam-compatible VR devices, debuting what many consider the best virtual reality experience on any platform to date. The experience takes place five years before the events of Half-Life 2 and places players in the job of a teenage Alyx Vance.
Unsurprisingly, a wide variety of mods have expanded upon the virtual reality experience since its launch around two years ago. One such user-made creation allows players to revisit the world of Nintendo 64 classic Goldeneye 007, for example. Meanwhile, another modder managed to recreate BioShock’s notable underground city of Rapture. The new release of a second chapter for Half-Life: Alyx’s BioShock work, along with the occasional new mod announcement, suggests the modding local area on PC is not done experiementing with all that City 17 has on offer.
Modder Corey Laddo (via Eurogamer) as of late disclosed plans to release Half-Life: Alyx Levitation on Steam Workshop in early Q3 of this year. Laddo is developing the mod related to Shawn Snelling, the level designer otherwise known as FMPONE who added to the Cache remake in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. According to the developers, Levitation will constitute a four-plus hour campaign experience wherein Alyx must investigate a “giant levitating building in Sector X.” A trailer uploaded to Laddo’s YouTube channel offers a first gander at Levitation in action, complete with footage that confirms the return of the enigmatic G-Man.
Suffice it to say, the work Corey Laddo and Shawn Snelling have finished on the Half-Life: Alyx mod, thus far, looks nothing short of praiseworthy. And, thankfully, the Q3 2022 launch window – which indicates a release between early July and late September – means fans of the VR experience will not have to wait too lengthy to evaluate the new fan-made campaign for themselves.
Half-Life: Alyx remains the highest quality level for virtual reality games, however constant advancements to the innovation have many hoping newer titles will soon begin pushing the envelope, as well. Notably, previous Horizon Forbidden West designer Chris James claims PlayStation VR 2’s Horizon: Call of the Mountain could significantly elevate AAA VR titles in general. The proof will be in the pudding at whatever point PlayStation’s new VR headset releases at an unspecified point later on.