Half Life 2, a popular first-person-shooter game made by Valve, has migrated from beta to stable release on Steam for Linux.
A Linux beta of the game has been available since May.
Half Life 2 is not alone in gaining stable status. Both episodes 1 and 2 of the sequel, as well as spin-off mini-game Half Life 2: Lost Coast also see their beta tags shaken off.
Having never played Half Life 2 (or any of its sequels) I can’t say whether it’s worth buying or not. It certainly seems popular with gamers on all platforms, and the enthusiasm for its Linux beta was intense.
Below you’ll find the trailer. If it tempts you, it’s available to buy on Steam for $9.99/£6.99.
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Half-Life 2 Now Available for Linux
Valve’s lauded first-person shooter Half-Life 2 has finally arrived on Linux.
The Half-Life 2 series’ debut for Linux through Steam comes just after Valve’s release of Portal for Linux last week.
Though originally released for the PC back in 2004, Half-Life 2 has lived on with additional “episodes” and a growing collection of mods to tide over the series’ fans whilst Valve take their time on the next title in the series.
Valve head Gabe Newell confirmed the company’s work on the second iteration of the Source engine – the engine currently powering Steam titles for Linux like Team Fortress 2, Portal, and the Half-Life 2 series.
Whether Valve debut their new engine with another Half-Life title or something completely different, their continued investment in Linux bodes well for a new Valve release coming much sooner to our platform than the nine-year lag for the original HL2 or the six years for Portal, TF2, and HL2: Episode Two.
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