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May 21, 2014
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Sven Co-Op, for those unaware, is a 17 year-old co-op-focussed Half-Life mod that lets you play Valve’s seminal FPS with friends. It’s only now heading to Steam - where it’ll come free-of-charge, even if you don’t already own the original Half-Life - and today released an official trailer for its full release version 5.0.

Since gracing the scene way back in 1999, Sven Co-Op has enjoyed somewhat of a cult following in its intervening years - much similar to era cousins Action Quake 2, The Specialists, and Action Half-Life.

In 2013, aware of the mod’s enduring following, Valve gave the tireless Sven Co-Op team their blessing to develop the mod into a full release on Steam, and also granted them access to their GoldSrc engine - the very one that powers Half-Life itself. By August last year, the mod - that lets you fight against computer-controlled baddies alongside a pal, or to play through Gordon Freeman’s trip to Black Mesa with a few right-hand buddies - had entered closed beta testing.

Today, after a few months of relative silence, the Sven Co-Op crew dropped an official trailer and announced that their long-awaited co-operative slant on Half-Life will be “available soon for free on Steam.” Here it is in its two minutes of glory:

We hope you will enjoy this 2 minute introduction to our game, which also includes footage of some new maps and features," reads a post from Nih on the game's website. "Also featured: Our new main menu theme by Pavel_Perepelitsa! The video itself was created by Mr. Mazur. Since we still get a lot of questions about this: Remember, Sven Co-op 5.0 will be available for free on Steam, even if you don't own Half-Life 1. And this includes our Half-Life Singleplayer conversion.

"That is all for now. Expect more media and information about 5.0 in the near future! As a side note, the first version of Sven Co-op was released on January 19th, 1999... That means SC's 17th birthday is in just 7 days! Wow! Who knew Sven Co-op was so old, huh? I don't know about all of you guys, but here on the Sven Co-op team we will be celebrating that day!"