Half-Life: Alyx Officially Revealed March 2020 Release Date
As promised, today Valve has divulged the first details on Half-Life: Alyx, a new VR game in its beloved Half-Life franchise. Set for release on Steam in March 2020, the game will be playable on “all PC-based VR headsets” and is set between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2.
Valve released the first trailer below for the game today and personally, I think it looks fantastic. For a VR title, the visuals that are on display here look remarkable. There’s a stunning level of detail not only in the environment, but in Alyx’s hands and the tools she is interacting with.
Gabe Newell said:
“Everyone at Valve is excited to be returning to the world of Half-Life,”
“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.”
Though the title will be compatible with all PC VR headsets, it will be free for owners of the Valve Index, Valve’s $1000 high-end VR headset that launched earlier this year. Though Valve has not officially announced any specific special compatibility with the Valve Index, screenshots for the game show the player’s hands wearing “Gravity Gloves,” which may take advantage of the Index’s finger tracking and grip sensing technology.
Half-Life: Alyx is now available to pre-order for $60 (US), although pre-purchasing it gets you a 10% discount, bringing it down to $54. Those who own Valve’s Index VR headset will receive the game for free. Beyond March 2020, it does not have a more specific release date.