Ingenius modders have discovered parts of the code for the beloved 2004 sci-fi classic, Half-Life 2 disguised in the Portal Companion Collection that recently launched on the Nintendo Switch. It’s still a work in progress but from this, a self-proclaimed “Switch Tinkerer” known as OatmealDome has managed to get the game running, albeit with a few caveats.
“I managed to load Half-Life 2 in the Switch version of Portal 1!” writes OatmealDome. “It kinda works: the game occasionally crashes, some maps are impossible to progress in, 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 is not entirely unexpected since Portal was essentially developed as an extensive mod for the game but it is strange to find Half-Life 2 specific models, NPCs, soundbites and more, according to OatmealDome.
OatmealDome is currently hard at work improving their mod but we still have hopes that Valve will one-day port Half-Life 2 for official release on the Nintendo Switch one day. Until then, if you want to play Half-Life on the go, the Ayo Neo Next might be your best bet. You can read more about the powerhouse portable right here.