Valve left a lot of dangling threads back when they went mum on the Half-life's development after Half-Life 2: Episode Two. One of those threads concerns the fate of the protagonist from Gearbox Software's first expansion pack for Half-Life, Half-Life: Opposing Force. There might finally be an answer to that...kinda, sort of?

Prospekt is a mod that functions as as sequel to Opposing Force, letting you play as Adrian Shepard, the soldier you played in Opposing Force, during the events of Half-Life 2. These sorts of things are not usually a big deal. Mods are everywhere, mod-sequels have been churned out for ages, especially for Half-Life. Except that the key difference here is this one has received  "official Valve approval for Half-life 2 license and assets" and will go on sale on Steam for $9.99 sometime next month as a standalone game.

According to the developer, Richard Seabrook, the game will be comparable to the length of Half-Life 2: Episode One and will have "13 new levels featuring fully-scripted puzzles and action sequences, all carefully integrated into the Half-Life 2 story."

Here's a trailer for the mod:

[Source: Steam]

Our Take
Half-life is probably my favorite game of all time so this is just absolutely fascinating to me. Just what does Valve's blessing ultimately mean.  Does that make everything that happens in this mod canon or not? What the heck is going on!?