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Half-Life gets a big update for its 25th anniversary

A screenshot from Half-Life featuring Ivan the Space Biker and Proto-Barney.
“Ivan the Space Biker” and “Proto-Barney,” who Valve says were used in the alpha builds of Half-Life. You can now play as them in multiplayer. | Image: Valve.

Valve just released a 25th anniversary update for Half-Life that adds a whole bunch of new content, some welcome quality-of-life upgrades, and even Steam Deck support, according to an announcement on the Half-Life website. Also, you can download the game for free for a limited time.

Let’s start with the added content. The game now includes Half-Life Uplink, a “mini-campaign” that was originally available only on CDs from magazines and hardware manufacturers, the company says. There are four new multiplayer maps that Valve says “push the limits of what’s possible in the Half-Life engine.” Valve also added maps and multiplayer character models from a CD called Half-Life: Further Data.

Valve added some new settings, too, including the…

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