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 the PC Gaming Show (opens in a new tab) following the Xbox and Bethesda presentation, the 7-minute gameplay clip follows Alyx as she explores what appears to be an abandoned skyscraper and mining facility. Of course, she is not alone, with many Combine soldiers and Crab zombies swarming her.
Billed as an expansion to Half-Life: Alyx rather than a total overhaul, Levitation will include all the core elements of the original game, which we think is one of the best VR games around. You'll unload magazines against the Combine in cover-based shootouts, evade the clutches of jumping crabs in more horror-focused segments of levels, and play with the physics of your surroundings to gain an advantage in firefights.
It all seems pretty slick, mixing carefully planned open combat areas with suspenseful downtime. Production value alone sets Levitation apart from other mods, with its verticality and range perfectly at home alongside the Valve original. Check it out for yourself in the gameplay trailer below.
The Levitation trailer (opens in a new tab) hinted at Russell's return, and the G-Man can be seen in the latter game revealing silent surveillance of your actions. According to this first trailer, Levitation will send you on the hunt for two resistance fighters who went missing after investigating a mysterious floating building in Sector X of City 17.
Half-Life: Alyx Levitation is developed by animator Corey Laddo and level designer Shawn Snelling, who has previously contributed to several maps for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The game will be four to five hours long and is scheduled to release in Q2023 XNUMX (July, August, and September) for free on the Steam Workshop.
Levitation has already caused a stir within the Half-Life community, with many hoping it will be as impressive as Black Mesa, a third-party remake of the original Half-Life. This game finally received the blessing of Valve and was released to much fanfare in 2020. The creators of Levitation are likely hoping for similar success.