Half-Life: Alyx Leviathan, an upcoming fan-made mod for Valve’s acclaimed VR FPS, has received its first full gameplay reveal – giving us a glimpse of its ambitious scope and gunplay.
Revealed as part of PC gaming show (opens in new tab) Following the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase, the 7-minute gameplay clip follows Alyx exploring what appears to be an abandoned skyscraper and mining facility. Of course she’s not alone, because lots of Combine soldiers and headcrab zombies pounce on her.
Intended as an expansion to Half-Life: Alyx rather than a complete overhaul, Levitation will include all the staples of the original game – which we think is one of the best VR games out there. You’ll unload magazines against Combine in cover-based gunfights, dodge the claws of leaping headcrabs in horror-focused level segments, and tamper with your environment’s physics to give you an advantage in firefights.
It all looks pretty slick, mixing intricately planned open combat areas with moments of suspenseful downtime. The production value alone sets Levitation apart from other mods, as its verticality and scope are at home alongside Valve’s original. See for yourself in the gameplay trailer below.
levitation announcement trailer (opens in new tab) hinted that Russell will be returning, and G-Man can be seen silently overseeing your actions in this latest gameplay reveal. According to this first trailer, Levitation sends you on a hunt for two resistance fighters who went missing after investigating a mysterious floating structure in City 17’s Sector-X.
Half-Life: Alyx Levitation is being developed by animator Corey Laddo and level designer Shawn Snelling, who previously worked on several Counter-Strike: Global Offensive maps. The game will be four to five hours long and is expected to release for free on the Steam Workshop in Q3 2023 – July, August, September.
Levitation has already made waves in the Half-Life community, and many are hoping it will be as impressive as Black Mesa – a third-party remake of the original Half-Life. This game eventually received Valve’s blessing and was commercially released in 2020 with much fanfare. Levitation’s developers are likely hoping for similar success.
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