Valve just announced Half-Life: Alyx, the first new game in the acclaimed Half-Life series. And needless to say, reaction to the announcement have reached fever pitch all over the interwebz.
This follows Valve’s earlier announcement about developing three full (yeah, right) VR titles.
The co-creators of the HTC Vive perhaps hope to kickstart adoption of the platform with the new game. Very much like they did with Half-Life 2 and Steam back in 2004 (and with mighty success, may I add.)
So what do we know so far?
Apart from a cryptic tweet, we know nothing much. But the internet is of course, abuzz with rumors.
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
Here’s what the gaming gurus are saying:
- The Verge has confirmed that Alyx refers to Alyx Vance, a close friend and ally of Gordon Freeman. If you haven’t played Half-Life 2 yet, I shan’t ruin it for you (but really, it’s 2019). However, there was an enormous (and a rather emotional) cliffhanger in Half-Life 2: Episode 2.
- Alyx was a non-playable character in the original Half-Life series, but this time (and no points for guessing), Alyx will be the focal point of the game. It will put the player in Alyx’s shoes, years before events of Half-Life: 2.
- The game is rumoured to have a March 2020 release date. But we will know more about that on Thursday, 10:00 PM Gulf Standard Time, when Valve makes it’s ‘official’ announcement.
- ArsTechnica has also said that this game will be a prequel, not a sequel (so our Half-Life: 3 dreams still live).
- It will be a full, single-player campaign.
- ArsTechnica also reported that the game will feature something known as “Grabbity Gloves” that could possibly be early successors of the Gravity Gun.
So that’s a round-up of what we know so far. It’s big news for fans because Valve hasn’t released a full game since Dota 2 in 2013, choosing instead to focus on things like its Steam sales platform.
But while we wait for more details on Thursday, we might as well checkout CS:GO’s Operation Shattered Web.