First, the bad news. Half-Life: Alyx isn't Half-Life 3, or Half-Life 2: Episode 3. The Half-Life and Half-Life 2, Valve revealed Thursday. The good news? It's a complete, full-length Half-Life game, and eager fans won't have to wait much longer to play it. The game will launch in March.is set between
If you own $59 on Steam. Alyx was designed from the ground up for VR and will work on all PC-based VR headsets, Valve said. That's a relief for those who worried that the game would be Index-exclusive., you'll get Half-Life: Alyx for free. Everyone else will have to pay
As fans guessed from the name, Half-Life: Alyx will follow Alyx Vance, a character introduced in 2004's Half-Life 2. In the original Half-Life, you play as Gordon Freeman, a survivor of an experiment gone wrong that accidentally opens an inter-dimensional portal. By the time Half-Life 2 starts, Earth has already been conquered by an alien race called The Combine. In Half-Life: Alyx, you mount a resistance movement against the inter-dimensional threat.
Half-Life: Alyx has created huge buzz for two reasons.
First, It's the first Half-Life game since Half-Life 2: Episode 2 launched 12 years ago. Fans have been waiting for literally over a decade for news on Episode 3, but nada. Regardless, Alyx is an official Half-Life game that's easy to get excited about.
Second, as a full-length game and not an expanded tech demo, it's by far the highest profile title to be released in VR. Half-Life 2 sold more than 12 million copies and is as highly revered as games get. Valve, Sony, HTC and have all invested big in virtual reality, but the platform has yet to spawn a Super Mario 64-esque killer app that gamers need to experience. Half-Life: Alyx gives millions of gamers a reason to jump into a new reality.
"VR has energized us," Valve founder Gabe Newell said in a statement. "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."
A Half-Life VR game has been rumored about and hoped for since Valve demoed its VR technology, which would later become the HTC Vive and Valve Index headsets. When asked about a potential Half-Life VR game in 2015, Valve programmer Jeep Barnett told Kotaku: "We're not saying no."
That was enough to arouse anticipation at a new Half-Life game, which shows just how ready fans are for March.