H-L 2: Aftermath - Details First Image

H-L 2: Aftermath - Details First Image H-L 2: Aftermath - Details First Image

First Half-Life 2: Aftermath image released while some details, including a release time frame, have been unleashed by Valve. Details of two new Counter-Strike: Source maps, expected very soon, also included below.

Valve has released the first image from Half-Life 2: Aftermath, available by following the screens tab above, in anticipation of the full details which we should get in May during E3. The developer has stated that it plans to release the expansion... later this summer.

The expansion will follow the fortunes of City 17 following the Half-Life 2 incident while Alyx, H-L 2s female lead is expected to have a more central role. Unlike H-L expansions in the past, Alyx is not going to be the main character as the good Dr. Freeman will still lead. Aftermath, expected to be released only via the Steam platform, will see a strong interaction between Dr. Freeman and Alyx and Valve has hinted at a ...burgeoning romance...

According to Valve writer, Marc Laidlaw the expansion ...deals with the events and issues set in motion during Half-Life 2. You've done critical damage to the Citadel. The whole place is going to go up, taking out City 17 and what's in its immediate radius. You and Alyx are leading the flight from the city getting up close and personal with some of the creatures and sights from the end of the game.

CS Getting Steam-Rolled Too

Another Steam only update coming from Valve will see two new maps made available for CS: Source. The first new map, de_port, will be brand new and will feature a resupply port for outgoing ships and according to Valve, will try to offer a mix of long sightlines with cover and close quarters fighting environments. The image to your right is a sketch of de_port's layout that Valve previously released, the full image is available by following the screens tab above.

The second map will be a new take on an old classic, de_inferno. More information and images from both these maps will be available soon.