Half Life is, at it's core, a franchise for pushing boundaries and setting new standards technologically. The stagnation of Half Life was indicative of the stagnation of gaming tech until VR came around and gave the possibility of another paradigm shift on the level of physics engines. They did kind of fuck up giving big cliff hangers for 2-2, but at least the first game and its side stories work fine without any continuation.>>2794
They also gave out a bunch of copies for the weirdos who don't already own it and integrated Steam servers in the update to make multiplayer easier. I think it hit twice the number of in-game players as Starfield did thanks to that, which is pretty funny.