Half-Life: Alyx- How To Create Your Own Custom Map

Half-Life Alyx

In Half-Life: Alyx, you can create your own custom maps and play or have fun along with your friends. You will need access to the console which we have mentioned in the earlier post. Well, you are in for a treat as we will go through it again and learn all the basics which we need to create our own custom map.

How To Create Your Own Custom Map In Half-Life: Alyx

First, you can add an asset pack for Half-Life: Alyx which will be required to work with models and textures. Without an asset pack, you might face issues related to missing these resources which can be prevented by using the assets from the pack. Whereas to launch your console, follow the steps as mentioned below:

  • Right-click Half-Life Alyx from your Library.
  • Go to Properties.
  • In General, select Set Launch Options.
  • Write or Paste this command, “-console -vconsole” in the box without quotation.
  • Click Ok.

Now you have access to the console, next, you will need to open Steam VR and select Workshop by right-clicking onto it. Make sure all the steam applications are closed. Under Workshop, you will have to click on to Create/Modify an Environment.

  • Now, all you need to do is select “Create Empty Addon” and name it.
  • Click Edit Dependencies.

After selecting your addon, you will need to click “Launch Tools” which will open a new program called “Asset browser”. In “Asset Browser”, there are various options but the very task you need will be to select New under File, to create a new map file.

Add plenty of lightning to let the game render and show the actual map, as it is originally dark, to begin with. Without the addition of lightning, the map course will be saved but it will be pitch dark to see while rendering. Even while naming your entities use npc_*name*(under name choose an appropriate name you want to).

After editing your desired map, you will need to compile it for checking any errors before clicking onto “Build”.

How To Import Map In-Game

After building your map, you will need to make sure that you do not replace any of the .pak files in the folder under the game folder where you are making changes. Follow these steps to import your map as mentioned in these steps:

Open your Local Disk C: and under (Program Files(x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\SteamVR\tools\ steamvr_environments\game\steamtours_addons\*Addon Name*) to select your created map.

Copy all the files and paste it into the specific game folder i.e. (Program Files(x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Half-Life Alyx\game\hlvr)

Run the game and open the console through the keyboard. Enter “map *assigned name*” which you have compiled that will be .vpk file.

Now the game and your custom map will be running smoothly as designed. If you face any error, you can check the game file via verifying the game integrity. For more guides on Half-Life: Alyx, click on the following link that has been mentioned in the following description: