Half-Life gets new patch, almost 19 years after launch

Though Half-Life [official site] is almost nineteen years old and its sanctioned fan remake Black Mesa is nearing completion, Valve have launched a wee patch for their pretty okay or whatever vintage FPS. The patch fixes a few crashes and exploits, and hit other Half-Life engine games too, such as classic Counter-Strike. Given how much of modern PC games history connects to Half-Life and its mod scene, I’m glad Valve are still tinkering a little. Earlier this year, they finally got Half-Life an uncensored release in Germany too.

Yesterday’s patch notes are simple:

  • Fixed crash when entering certain malformed strings into the game console. Thanks to Marshal Webb from BackConnect, Inc for reporting this.
  • Fixed crash when loading a specially crafted malformed BSP file. Thanks to Grant Hernandez (@Digital_Cold) for reporting this.
  • Fixed malformed SAV files allowing arbitrary files to be written into the game folder. Thanks to Vsevolod Saj for reporting this.
  • Fixed a crash when quickly changing weapons that are consumable. Thanks to Sam Vanheer for reporting this.
  • Fixed crash when setting custom decals.

The same patch went out to other games built on the Half-Life engine: Counter-Strike, Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, Day of Defeat, Half-Life: Blue Shift, Half-Life: Opposing Force, Team Fortress Classic, and yes, even Deathmatch Classic and Ricochet.

Vintage Counter-Strike is still one of the most popular games on Steam (yesterday it peaked at 19,554 people in-game at the same time) so I’d guess that was the main motivation behind this patch. It’s nice that other games benefit too. Thanks, CS.


  1. Daymare says:

    Half-Life 3 conf—

    Who the fuck am I kidding at this point.

  2. MajorLag says:

    These patch notes suggest that arbitrary code execution may have been possible. I wonder if they were found independently or if there are known exploits in the wild that led the researchers to find them?

    Connect to server, download custom map, get ransomware. Not fun.

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    Drib says:

    They’re just fixing up Goldsrc for Half Life 3.

    Oh, someone already made a HL3 joke? Boo.

    • bob22 says:

      > Oh, someone already made a HL3 joke?

      Several times a day for the last 10 years, yes.

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    Der Zeitgeist says:

    Just one of those days I guess.

  5. atarikafa says:

    Who fukin cares old game. make new one.

    • JB says:

      “Vintage Counter-Strike is still one of the most popular games on Steam (yesterday it peaked at 19,554 people in-game at the same time)”

      20,000+ people, I’m guessing?

    • DelrueOfDetroit says:

      And just like that, Gabe Newell stopped fucking around with knives and made another game.

  6. FailX says:

    I guess the guys at Valve who want to work on a Half-Life game are doomed to work on the first two since the third one will never exist.

  7. Skabooga says:

    Hey buddy, want to buy some specially crafted malformed BSP files?

  8. unraveler says:

    Why the guard’s trying to look busy while have a BSOD?

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      Der Zeitgeist says:

      He had a system crash about 20 minutes ago and he’s still trying to find his files.

  9. romeo xhulieta says:

    half-life Launcher has stopped working.
    all times is making this how to fix it ?