HALF-LIFE IS BACK!
After leaving Half-Life fans hanging since 2007’s Half-Life 2: Episode 2, Valve is finally returning to the franchise they left on what we’ll charitably call a bit of a cliffhanger…but they’re not coming back to it in the way fan’s might have expected.
Half-Life Alyx jumps back in time, and is set between Half-Life and Half-Life 2, with gamers taking on the role of Alyx as she and her father Eli resist the Earth’s occupation by The Combine. While admittedly disappointed we’re not going to see the story finish out – at least not yet – I have to say the trailer really sells me on seeing what this is all about.
I haven’t yet been truly grabbed by a narrative VR game, though things like Beat Saber are certainly fun and engaging there just hasn’t been a game with a story that I’ve played in VR and thought it was truly worth the jump in hardware necessary to tell or experience the story. That may change with Half-Life Alyx, which is being built from the ground up for a VR-centric experience, and if the trailer is anything to go by this just may work.
The game is slated for release in March, 2020 on Steam, and will be compatible with all PC-based VR headsets. Pre-orders are already available here at a 10% discount, but those who own Valve’s Index VR headset will receive the game for free.
For more details on the game, see https://www.half-life.com/en/alyx/.
Here’s the press release:
VALVE ANNOUNCES HALF-LIFE: ALYX, A FULL-LENGTH VR ENTRY IN THE AWARD WINNING SERIES
Now Available for Pre-purchase, Slated for March 2020 Launch
November 21, 2019 – Valve, the creators of Half-Life and the Steam platform, today announced Half-Life: Alyx, a new, full-length virtual reality entry in the Half-Life series. Slated for release on Steam in March 2020, the title will be compatible with all PC-based VR headsets in March 2020.
Set between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2, Alyx Vance and her father Eli secretly mount the resistance to the brutal occupation of Earth by a mysterious alien race known as The Combine. As Alyx, players take the fight to the Combine to save the future of humanity.
Half-Life: Alyx was designed from the ground up for Virtual Reality and features all of the hallmarks of a classic Half-Life game: world exploration, puzzle solving, visceral combat, and an intricately woven story that connects it all with the characters iconic to the Half-Life universe.
“Everyone at Valve is excited to be returning to the world of Half-Life”, says Valve founder Gabe Newell. “VR has energized us. We’ve invested a lot of ourselves in the technology. But we’re also game developers at heart, and to be devoting ourselves to a VR game this ambitious is just as exciting. For that to come in the form of Half-Life feels like the culmination of a lot things we care a lot about: truly great games, cutting edge technology, and open platforms. We can’t wait for people to experience this.”
Half-Life: Alyx is powered by SteamVR on Valve’s Source 2 engine, and can be played on Steam with all PC-based VR headsets.
Pre-purchase now for $59.99 (US). Free for owners of the Valve Index VR headset.