The new VR game Half-Life: Alyx now has support for mods. These are delivered via the Steam Workshop. In addition, the mod tools have been released and there is now support for the Vulkan renderer and the game runs on Linux.

The modding tools include Hammer, the level editor for the Source Engine 2, and other tools such as Material Editor, ModelDoc, AnimGraph, Source Filmmaker and more. Several of these tools were already available, but have now been updated. In addition, a wiki has been set up especially for modding HL: Alyx. Steam Workshop support means that users can view and install mods without leaving the Steam Client. At the time of writing, 64 mods are already available in the Workshop.

In Linux, Half-Life Alyx works with the Vulkan renderer by default, but it is also available in Windows. Under advanced performance options, players can enable them. Alyx already worked on Linux via Proton, but according to users that were not always without a struggle. Native support should put an end to that.

Half-Life: Alyx is the first new Half-Life game since Half-Life 2: Episode 2 from 2007. The game requires a VR headset, but as Valve himself expected, mods have come to launch on a regular monitor with keyboard and mouse.