After the previous teaser released a few days ago, Valve has officially announced Half-Life: Alyx, a VR spinoff that set before the events of Half-Life 2, in which Eli Vance and his daughter Alyx create the resistance to free humanity from the Alien Combine.

Despite being a VR exclusive, HL: Alyx will be a serious full-length game, unlike various other VR projects from other companies. The game will feature puzzles, exploration, combat, and a new story. Due to the game’s nature of being a prequel, whatever happened after the end of Half-Life 2 is still unknown. According to the lead designer of the game, Greg Coomer, Half-Life: Alyx is about the same length as Half-Life 2, which takes about fifteen hours to complete. The amount of time the player would be spent to walk around would be the key here, as walking around in VR might take longer.

Half Life Alyx Screen
There would be no HUDs in a VR game

According to Gabe Newell, VR technology is the main thing Valve bet on in the next era of video games, with a lot of investment made in years. Half-Life: Alyx would be released in March 2020, on all PC based VR headsets. If you happen to own an Index, the game would be added to your account for free, with bonus content related such as Alternate gun skins and Half-Life themed CS: GO goodies. The game would be added to your steam library immediately at release. People without the Index would have to shell out sixty dollars if they want to play the game.

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City 17 would be the settings of Half-Life: Alyx

Overall, this is great news, as Half-Life Alyx has more or less confirmed that Valve is still working on Half-Life games. A sequel to Half-Life 2 and a final conclusion for the series is no longer a pipe dream.

Half-Life: Alyx is available now on Steam, with further details revealed at half-life’s official page. Interested in more video games related articles? Please check this post out for more information about Age of Empires 4.