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Half-Life: Alyx Announced by Valve for VR

Gaming article by Jackson Wery on Monday, November 18, 2019 - 19:41
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Developer
Valve
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Valve
Release Date
March 31, 2020
Series
Half-Life
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Half-Life: Alyx coming to 1.03% of Steam users

Late Monday afternoon, Valve announced plans for a new VR game. Half-Life: Alyx is Valve's first foray into VR gaming, although many products are already available on the Steam storefront. Whether this is Valve's now-infamous Half-Life: 3 is not yet known. The company promised to share more information this coming Thursday, November 21 at 10 AM PST.

Though details are sparse, initial reactions to the announcement are mixed. At the time of announcement, only about 1.03% of Steam accounts had an attached VR device, according to Valve's Hardware & Software Survey. Though the title appears to be a VR exclusive (possibly exclusive to the Valve Index), Valve has not yet provided information whether it is a mainline game or merely a spinoff, although reports have hinted at it being a prequel. Half-Life: Alyx presumably stars deuteragonist Alyx Vance, a companion to Gordon throughout the series.

 

Half-Life is a sci-fi series developed by Valve. The first game released November 18, 1998, to critical acclaim. Starring the crowbar-wielding Gordon Freeman, it used the Gold Source engine, a precursor to the ubiquitous Source Engine. Sequels followed, to similar critical and popular praise. The Orange Box, released 2007, featured Portal, Half-Life 2, and Team Fortress 2. Successful sales helped increase Half Life's popularity in the PC and console market. The third game, supposedly stuck in development hell, is a constant recurring joke among the fanbase. Popular sandbox game Garry's Mod, developed by Facepunch, makes extensive use of Half-Life's assets.

As the announcement is still in its infancy, TechRaptor will continue to follow up on Half-Life: Alyx as Valve releases more information.

 

What do you think? Is Half-Life: Alyx something you're already eager to see, or are you cautious and waiting until Thursday's announcement? Let us know in the comments below!

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