Just when we were starting to believe it would never happen, Valve have officially announced a new entry in the Half-Life series, just not the one everyone was expecting.
Initially announced via Twitter and then later revealed further in a trailer, Half-Life: Alyx is a VR title that will bridge the gap between Half-Life and Half-Life 2.
According to Valve the finished game will be about the same length as Half-Life 2, and although it is set before the events of Half-Life 2, the devs recommend that fans play through Half-Life 2 Episode 2 before tackling Alyx. The reasons for doing this will apparently become clear as Half-Life: Alyx’s story unfolds.
In Half-Life: Alyx, Alyx Vance and her father Eli “mount an early resistance to the Combine’s brutal occupation of Earth.”
As Alyx, you will engage in combat, solve puzzles, and explore a world turned derelict thanks to an alien invasion.
The game is built on Valve’s Source 2 engine and is powered by SteamVR. However it will be playable with any PC-based VR headset. You can pre-purchase the game right now for $59.99 or if you own the Valve Index VR headset you can grab it for free.
As an additional incentive for players to buy the Index, Valve are including a number of bonuses for owners including the ability to explore the game’s environments within their SteamVR home space, alternate weapon skins for Alyx’s arsenal, and special Half-Life: Alyx themed content for Counter-Strike: GO and Dota 2. A set of Source 2 tools will also ship with the game, allowing players to build and upload new content for all to enjoy.
Half-Life: Alyx is expected to launch March 2020.