Very expected: If you’ve played SourceVR’s Half-Life 2: VR Mod, chances are you’ve been wanting more. The good news is that the team is already working on converting HL2: Episode One to VR. Even more good news is that it should appear in the first quarter of this year. Yeah. The decade-long wait for Half-Life 2: VR just got a little sweeter, knowing that subsequent episodes will come out sooner than we thought.
Using the momentum of their recent beta release Half-Life 2: VR Mod, SourceVR Mod Team disclosed that he already has Half-Life 2: Episode One in working order. The fan-designed mod is due out sometime in the first quarter of 2023, though the team hasn’t indicated if it will be a beta or fully completed mod.
Given that HL2: VR is still in beta. Steam, one of two things can happen. Since development undoubtedly coincided with the mod for the main game, Episode One could be launched just as SourceVR releases the final version of HL2: VR. Conversely, it can enter a perpetual early access beta state just like its predecessor.
Either way, it’s nice to know that we won’t have to wait another 10 years for our next content. The transformation of Half-Life 2 to SourceVR has been a long wait, but it’s been worth the wait, with everything you’d expect from a Triple-A VR title. This shames Valve’s short-lived, feeble attempt to create an HL2 VR version.
The Episode One mod should be the same considering its imminent release indicates the team put together a full Steam chapter (pun intended) to release it so soon after the beta launch of the previous attempt. SourceVR seems to have reached its zenith in the development of the project, and it wouldn’t be surprising to hear that Episode 2 is nearing completion in a few months. Cross your fingers.
Keep in mind that the entire Half-Life 2: VR project is a mod and requires an original non-VR Valve game. However, the Orange Box, which includes the main game and both episodes, is just 20 dollars. The box also comes with a portal, so the purchase is a breeze. And while you’re handing over a few dollars to Valve for doing nothing, why not give the SourceVR team a coffee for their hard work. You can make a donation to Co-fi page.
In terms of VR settings, SourceVR recommends running mods on an 8th generation Intel processor or AMD Ryzen 3000 or better. You can get by with 8GB of RAM, but 16GB or more would be better. You’ll also need a GeForce GTX 1080 or Radeon RX 5700 to play at higher fidelity and frame rates. Also, make sure your headset and controllers are compatible with SteamVR.