Valve Announces Half-Life: Alyx VR Game
Valve is reviving the Half-Life franchise after a long spell, but not in a way that fans of the acclaimed series were hoping for. Valve has announced it is developing a flagship VR game called Half-Life: Alyx. But before you rush to Valve’s website or social media channels for more information on the upcoming Half-Life project, don’t go through the hassle. Aside from the name, Valve has revealed nothing about Half-Life: Alyx so far. But that will change on November 21, when Valve has promised to reveal more details about the Half-Life: Alyx VR game.
Valve Via twitter:
We’re excited to unveil Half-Life: Alyx, our flagship VR game, this Thursday at 10am Pacific Time.
Can’t wait to share it with all of you! pic.twitter.com/BupFCxSrTw
— Valve (@valvesoftware) November 18, 2019
And that’s just about it for now. We’ll have to wait until 10am PDT on Thursday (11:30pm IST) to find out what Valve has in the store for fans with its upcoming VR game. Just to give you a brief history, the last entry from the Half-Life franchise, titled Half-Life 2: Episode 2, was released way back in 2007. Needless to say, the Half-Life: Alyx announcement will certainly send those fans who waited for over a decade to get their hands on a new Half-Life game into overdrive.
Half-Life VR is a game which has long been rumoured and we now know it’ll take the form of Half-Life: Alyx. There are no details to speak of just yet but previous leaks (with the correct naming) have suggested HL: Alyx will be a prequel to Half-Life 2 in which you play as Alyx.
Some will no doubt be disappointed that Valve is focusing on VR for the next Half-Life but the writing has been on the wall for some time. Just as Half-Life 2 was controversially used to drive (at the time, hated) Steam adoption, so too is the next Half-life being used to drive VR. Valve couldn’t hope to put together a standard FPS campaign and not disappoint after all these years, and so Half-Life: Alyx is a handy sidestep. The Half-Life franchise has always been about moving gaming forward, and this is exactly that. VR is the next level in terms of immersion and the perfect place to truly innovate with this franchise.
Yes, to many this will be a disappointment, and that is understandable. A new Half-Life game… but on hardware they don’t like, don’t own, or can’t afford, that is disappointing! However, framing that distaste as an inditement on VR in general, when the investment made by Valve with this announcement clearly says otherwise, feels short-sighted and wrong to me.
Unless Half-Life: Alyx turns out to be as bad as Artifact was. Then I might reconsider both Valve and this whole VR thing. All eyes are now on Thursday then, when Half-Life: Alyx will be revealed to the world.