Valve, the company behind the infamous Half-Life and Portal series has announced its first VR title called Half-Life: Alyx.
While the new game isn’t Half-Life 3 like fans have been wanting for years, it was designed from the ground up for virtual reality and features hallmarks of a classic Half-Life game.
According to Valve, the game is:
Set between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2, Alyx Vance and her father Eli secretly mount the resistance to the brutal occupation of Earth by a mysterious alien race known as The Combine. As Alyx, players take the fight to the Combine to save the future of humanity.
“Everyone at Valve is excited to be returning to the world of Half-Life”, says Valve founder Gabe Newell. “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 of things we care a lot about: truly great games, cutting edge technology, and open platforms. We can’t wait for people to experience this.”
There’s plenty of world exploration, puzzle-solving, visceral combat and a woven story that connects to the larger Half-Life universe.
The game is powered by SteamVR and uses the company’s Source 2 engine. The title will be playable with on all PC-based VR headsets that are compatible with Steam. That includes the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality and Valve’s own Index headset.
Half-Life: Alyx launches in March 2020 for $68.99 CAD ($59.99 USD). The game will be free for owners of the Valve Index VR headset (which costs $1,300 CAD and was recently made available in Canada).
You can pre-purchase Half-Life: Alyx on Steam right now and is currently 10% right now.