Borealis (cancelled game)
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At around the same time that the Half-Life 2-themed Shooter demo was being developed for The Lab in 2015, Marc Laidlaw started to work with a small team at Valve for another Source 2 VR project set within the Half-Life universe. Codenamed 'Borealis', Laidlaw's project was a VR game set on the bridge of the Aperture Science research ship of the same name that was glimpsed in Half-Life 2: Episode Two and mentioned again in Portal 2. Players would explore the vessel as it ricocheted backwards and forwards through time between the Seven Hour War and a time set shortly after the events of Half-Life 2: Episode Two. A minigame where players could fish off the bow of the ship was also proposed. Ultimately, Borealis never gained enough momentum at the company for its developers to be able to justify continuing work on it, so it ended up being cancelled.