Half-Life 2 Is Getting a Major Visual Upgrade, Two Decades Since Its Release


Half-Life 2 Is Getting a Major Visual Upgrade, Two Decades Since Its Release

Surya Kumar
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Orbifold Studios, a team of top Half-Life 2 modders is currently working on bringing full-fledged Ray Tracing to the game using Nvidia’s RTX Remix modding platform.
Apart from Ray-Traced lighting and shadows, half-Life 2 will also get improved textures and newer assets to add to the immersion.
While there is no official release date for this community-made remaster, numerous fans of the series are eager to jump into this modernized version of Half-Life 2.

Valve’s critically acclaimed first-person shooter Half-Life 2 has received numerous praises over the years from fans and critics alike. It is still considered to be one of the best FPS titles out there, even after two decades since its release in 2004. Considering its popularity, Half-Life 2 has enormous community support with several mods popping up even now. 

While the game received a new patch in 2021 that included Vulkan support, increased Field of View, and a few bug fixes, there haven’t been any substantial updates which makes sense considering its age. However, with Ray Tracing becoming more common in newer games, Orbifold, a studio made up of four of Half-Life 2’s top mod teams is currently working on bringing this feature to the game through Nvidia’s RTX Remix project. Without further ado, let’s delve into it.

Orbifold Studios Working On Bringing Ray Tracing to Half-Life 2 Through RTX Remix

As mentioned above, Valve’s Half-Life 2 is one of the most high-rated FPS games of all time, and for several good reasons. Apart from its brilliant storytelling, the title also incorporates numerous gameplay elements such as varied gunplay, physics-based puzzles, and a diverse list of enemies. All of these components make Half-Life 2 hold up quite well even to this day.

During its release back in 2004, many gamers were impressed by the game’s graphics and visual fidelity, thanks to Valve’s Source engine, which continues to stand the test of time even after two decades. While there are mods that enhance cinematics and provide graphical overhauls, Orbifold Studios is taking advantage of Nvidia’s RTX Remix modding platform while also utilizing their other technologies such as Reflex, RTX IO along with Valve’s Hammer editor to bring full-fledged Ray Tracing to the game.

While the announcement trailer for this project came out in August last year, a new trailer featuring the former mining town of Ravenholm was released yesterday showcasing greatly enhanced visual effects by adding realistic shadows, lighting, etc. Apart from the addition of Ray Tracing, this community-made remaster will also feature improved textures and newer assets to add to the immersion.

That is pretty much everything you need to know about the upcoming Half-Life 2 RTX version. Although there is no official release date as of yet, many fans of the series are eager to get their hands on this modern, Ray-Traced version of Half-Life 2, which is next in the list of remastered titles such as Portal RTX, Quake 2 RTX, etc.

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Surya has been an avid gamer all his life with an emphasis on single-player titles since the PlayStation 2 era. After switching to PC, he has also dabbled in the world of Valorant ever since its beta. He aims to spread his passion for gaming through his writing.

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