Surprise! Valve woke up this morning and decided to announce a brand new game that isn’t Half-Life 3. Instead, it’s called “Half-Life 3.” Aperture Desk Joba free playable short created specifically for the Steam Deck.
According to Valve, Aperture Desk Job is a reinterpretation of the “walking simulation” genre in favor of “a lightning-fast world, created by endorphins sitting still behind everything.” You play as a senior employee of Aperture Science (a troubled organization at the heart of Half-Life and Portal) whose job is to test products. It’s unclear exactly what’s going on in the game, but the trailer hints at some explosions.
The game was made specifically to showcase the Steam Deck, officially launching today, although it’s also available on Steam for PC. It’s a guide to the device’s controls and features “while not nearly as boring as that sounds” according to Valve. It follows in the footsteps of Half-Life: Alyx as a free-to-play launch game for new Valve hardware, though it feels more like Aperture Hand Labs in its demo state. Technology clearly has personality.
Aperture Desk Job will be available for free from March 1 on Steam. The Steam Deck itself, meanwhile, launched today. We have Our review of handsets now live, as well as check out the Elden Ring (also launching today) run on device.
Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.
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