Valve makes all Half-Life games free-to-play until Alyx launches

Valve will be releasing the first Half-Life game since 2007 soon with Half-Life: Alyx. To celebrate the event and let those in the dark catch up, the company announced today that games in the Half-Life franchise are going free-to-play for a couple of months.

The games participating in this promotion will be playable completely for free on Steam until Alyx's arrival in March. It's not just the mainline Gordon Freeman-led games either, as in addition to the original Half-Life, Half-Life 2, and Episodes, add-ons like Blue Shift and Opposing Force are included too.

Here's the list of games and their store links to begin downloading:

"Half-Life: Alyx is set before the events of Half-Life 2 and the episodes, but the games share characters and story elements," Valve explained in the announcement. "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."

As mentioned before, Half-Life: Alyx will be landing sometime in March. The game is yet to receive a firm release date from Valve. The game will be a VR exclusive, and the developer is supporting every virtual reality headset and control scheme available right now.

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