Ingenious modders have discovered parts of the code for the beloved 2004 sci-fi classic, Half-Life 2, disguised in the Portal Companion Collection recently released on Nintendo Switch. It’s still a work in progress, but because of this, a self-proclaimed “Switch Tinkerer” known as OatmealDome has managed to get the game going, albeit with a few caveats.
†I managed to load Half-Life 2 in the Switch version of Portal 1!OatmealDome writes. †It kinda works: the game crashes every now and then, some maps are impossible to progress, NPC animations are bugged, saves don’t work, and world cameras don’t spawn correctly.They continue. It’s worth noting that finding some leftover Half-Life 2 code isn’t entirely unexpected, as Portal was essentially developed as an extended mod for the game, but it’s strange to see Half-Life 2 specific models, NPCs, sound bites and more, according to OatmealDome.
OatmealDome is currently working hard on improving their mod, but we’re still hopeful that one day Valve will port Half-Life 2 for official release on Nintendo Switch. Until then, if you want to play Half-Life on the go, the Ayo Neo Next might just be your best bet. You can read more about the portable powerhouse here.