In celebration of the upcoming launch of Half-Life: Alyx, the studio’s first full VR title, Valve is making all games in the Half-Life series free to play until Alyx’s release in March.

Half-Life is the cornerstone franchise that established Valve as one of the game industry’s most lauded developers. From the first Half-Life in 1998, the series has spanned seven titles, leaving the world with a doozy of a cliff hanger in 2007 with the release Half-Life 2: Episode 2.

And though it isn’t the infamously anticipated Half-Life 3, the upcoming Half-Life: Alyx is set to be Valve’s return to the franchise after more than 12 years, and the first full fledged VR title to be release by the studio.

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For many, it’s been a minute since they played the iconic series; for many others, Half-Life may have simply been before their time. To refamiliarize (or newly introduce) Half-Life to the world, Valve has made all seven titles free to play until the release of Half-Life: Alyx this March.

Although Alyx is set before the events of Half-Life 2 (2004), Valve has said that players will be better off having played the Half-Life 2 series before Alyx, for reasons that will become apparent in the game.

“The Half-Life: Alyx team believes that the best way to enjoy the new game is to play through the old ones, especially Half-Life 2 and the episodes, so we want to make that as easy as possible,” the company said about making the franchise free to play.

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  • Jerald Doerr

    What the $hit!!! I can’t wait to play on my 2019 rig!!!

    Thank you Valve!

  • Amazing idea, Good Guy Valve!

  • Wonderful. After putting it off for 2 months, just last week, I finally dropped $10 on the original Half Life for Lambda1VR on the Quest. Now it’s free. MF.

    • Jeremiah Tothenations

      Afaik it’s only temporary though, so it’s not a complete loss!

  • mareknr

    They should make them compatible with new VR devices. That would be great. :-)

    • NooYawker

      You can play them in VR with Garry’s Mod. Look up Ben Plays VR on youtube. He plays both in VR.

      • crim3

        Yes, it works, but It’s a pain.

        • NooYawker

          True. And you have to customize controls and switch controller settings when you use a vehicle.

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    • Raphael

      Yes they should and it should have been done when Vive launched.

  • gothicvillas

    I think Valve could have made a VR support for HL1 since it apparently runs so good LAmbda

    • They could just hire the modders and make it official.

  • Pablo C

    Why we love Valve