Valve surprised fans by yesterday’s release of a new game update for Half-Life, a title that launched almost 19 years ago. What it does is fix a handful of really specific bugs reported by players, such as crashing when quickly changing weapons that are consumable or when setting custom decals. If you want to read the entire patch note (it’s not very long) head over to Steam news. What it does not do is confirm Half-Life 3 – despite what some crafty fans say regarding the patch release date (10.7.2017, 10-7=3).
The same update was applied to Half-Life’s two standalone expansions: Half-Life: Opposing Force and Half-Life: Blue Shift. Those titles feature the original story of an alien invasion on Black Mesa Research Facility as told from two different perspectives – that of a Marine soldier and a Black Mesa security guard and Gordon Freeman’s friend Barney Calhoun. Unlike the base game, which was produced by Valve Software itself, those two were developed by Gearbox Software, a company that later got famous thanks to its Brothers in Arms and Borderlands franchises.