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 new tab) Following the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase, the 7-minute gameplay clip follows Alyx as she explores what appears to be an abandoned skyscraper and mining facility. Of course, she’s not alone, with plenty of Combine soldiers and headcrab zombies heading her way.
Pitched as an expansion to Half-Life: Alyx rather than a total overhaul, Levitation includes all the staples of the original game – what we think is one of the best VR games out there. You unload magazines against Combine in cover-based shootouts, dodge the pincers of jumping headcrabs in more horror-focused level segments, and play with the physics of your environment to gain an edge in firefights.
It all looks rather slick, mixing intricately planned open battle areas with moments of tense downtime. The production value alone sets Levitation apart from other mods, with its verticality and scope fitting in well with Valve’s original. Check it out for yourself in the gameplay trailer below.
Levitation Announcement Trailer (opens in new tab) suggested that Russell will return, and G-Man can be spotted in this latest gameplay reveal quietly watching your actions. According to that first trailer, Levitation sends 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 being developed by animator Corey Laddo and level designer Shawn Snelling, who has previously contributed to several Counter-Strike: Global Offensive maps. The game will last four to five hours and is expected to be released for free on Steam Workshop in the third quarter of 2023 – July, August and September.
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. That game eventually got Valve’s blessing and was released commercially in 2020 with much fanfare. The makers of Levitation are probably hoping to achieve the same success.