Valve Issues First Half-Life 1 Patch in 4 Years

The patch also affects other games using the Half-Life engine, including Counter-Strike, Day of Defeat, Condition Zero, Half-Life: Blue Shift, Half-Life: Opposing Force and Team Fortress Classic.


After years of speculation, we can finally confirm that Valve has been working on Half-Life. The bad news is that it is the first patch for the original game after four years and not the highly anticipated Half-Life 3.

Half-Life launched almost 20 years ago, and people still play it. The patch fixes a variety of bugs and crashes, and also affects many of the games that use the Half-Life engine, including the original Counter-Strike. Other games covered by the same patch are Team Fortress Classic, Day of Defeat, Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, Half-Life: Blue Shift, Half-Life: Opposing Force, Deathmatch Classic and Ricochet.  

Here are the patch notes:

  • Fixed crash when entering certain malformed strings into the game console. Thanks to Marshal Webb from BackConnect, Inc for reporting this.
  • Fixed crash when loading a specially crafted malformed BSP file. Thanks to Grant Hernandez (@Digital_Cold) for reporting this.
  • Fixed malformed SAV files allowing arbitrary files to be written into the game folder. Thanks to Vsevolod Saj for reporting this.
  • Fixed a crash when quickly changing weapons that are consumable. Thanks to Sam Vanheer for reporting this.
  • Fixed crash when setting custom decals.

If that doesn't sate your craving for more Half-Life, and we understand why it wouldn't, you might want to check out the Half-Life 2: VR mod that is currently on Greenlight. It's not Half-Life 3, but it is new.

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