New Half-Life game found in Counter-Strike 2 files

New Half-Life game found in Counter-Strike 2 files
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Written by 

Joseph Kime


8th Feb 2024 10:25

Vavle's Counter-Strike 2 has been a treat for long-time fans of the franchise, but even for the players who aren't engaged in the game itself, it's nice to see that the team is actually still producing first-party titles.

It's been some time since Valve unveiled a game that everyone can enjoy, with its last example being Half-Life Alyx. It was a boundary-pushing VR game, which even despite its hardware limitations, served as the perfect addition to the game's world that equally bolstered the medium as a whole.

The legacy of Half-Life is a troubled one, and as the curse of Valve's threequels continues, our hopes of Half-Life 3 continue to crumble. Still, some fans think a new Half-Life instalment could be on the way.

Fans claim evidence for new Half-Life has been found

Fans have taken to Twitter to claim that they've discovered evidence of a new Half-Life game buried in the code of Counter-Strike 2.

The claim comes from Twitter user Gabe Follower, who has revealed a peek inside the code of Counter-Strike 2, with one line of code pointing to a file called "hlx_2d_basic." They claim it indicates a new Half-Life project.

Although thin, there's some sound reasoning that HLX stands as a codename, similar to the fact that Half-Life Alyx was codenamed HLVR. Despite this tentative link, some fans have latched on and reckon that there really could be a new Half-Life game on the way.

Half-Life X has been a rumour for years

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Though the file inspection seems like wishful thinking on the part of fans, shockingly, a project called Half-Life X has been rumoured for years now, with fans expecting it to be a direct follow-up to Half-Life Alyx. Could Valve really be about to take another gamble on a VR title? 

The fact that this rumour has been floating around for some time elevates the Counter-Strike 2 files claim from absurdity to something that could potentially be valid as evidence. It's bizarre to think that a single line of code could have revealed that a new Half-Life is officially in the works, but it could be very real.

Joseph Kime is the Senior Trending News Journalist for GGRecon from Devon, UK. Before graduating from MarJon University with a degree in Journalism, he started writing music reviews for his own website before writing for the likes of FANDOM, Zavvi and The Digital Fix. He is host of the Big Screen Book Club podcast, and author of Building A Universe, a book that chronicles the history of superhero movies. His favourite games include DOOM (2016), Celeste and Pokemon Emerald.

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