Valve announces Half-Life: Alyx, the first new Half-Life game in 12 years

Written by Neil Soutter on Tue, Nov 19, 2019 9:50 AM
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It’s happened. After 12 long years, Valve has finally announced a new Half-Life. Valve took to Twitter to make it official, confirming the long rumoured VR Half-Life game. It’s called Half-Life: Alyx and it’s touted as a flagship virtual reality title; a game designed to be a real selling point for Steam VR.

“We’re excited to unveil Half-Life: Alyx, our flagship VR game, this Thursday at 10am Pacific Time,” announced Valve on Twitter. “Can’t wait to share it with all of you!”

Valve is set to spill the beans on the new Half-Life game in just two days’ time. It may not be the Half-Life 3 plenty of folks were hankering for but it's definitely something.

 

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.

All eyes are now on Thursday then, when Half-Life: Alyx will be revealed to the world.

What are your thoughts then, intrigued by a VR take on Half-Life? Or is VR still just an expensive gimmick? Let us know your thoughts!

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21:19 Nov-20-2019

Interesting...would love to try out VR but I'm almost blind so I don't know if it will work...

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05:25 Nov-20-2019

VR only?! uhh then this "game" does not even exist to me :/


oh well... 12 more years and we get Half-Life 2: Episode 3 for real

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01:10 Nov-20-2019

We waited all these years for a new half life and we get a VR title!? Valve, dude, come on. UGH! and no, I will not be buying a stupid VR headset just to play a HL game without Gordon Freeman in it. >...&#60

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14:11 Nov-20-2019

Since when is Valve a single dude? :D

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22:58 Nov-19-2019

So no normal version? wtf 12 years of waiting and steam come with this? :/

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22:44 Nov-19-2019

Well, I hope at least it will make an interesting Let's Play for Youtubers to make a series out of it- I agree with the majority, pity it's not non-VR as well.

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22:05 Nov-19-2019

Come on valve... that's just low. I can't believe they would make this VR only.

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20:37 Nov-19-2019

It's Half Life. In modern day. I never thought it would actually be a thing. Valve News Network was right all along. I don't care if it's VR only.

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20:28 Nov-19-2019

Well, I thought this would be more disappointing than it actually was... still not buying VR, not even for Half-Life, but at some point I did say Valve will only look at Half-Life, if they want to sell hardware... well, I guess they really want to push VR sales. Still, oddly, I kind of felt that next HL game would be one I will not get to play. Even if I wanted VR, I don't have enough room for it.

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16:19 Nov-21-2019

First Half Life was there to sell Steam, second to sell Source Engine. It's only fitting the next one is going to sell something else.

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19:21 Nov-21-2019

First Half-Life released in 1998 was there long before Steam, which released in 2003. First one was to sell us the idea that you can have good story and engaging experience in FPS genre. Second one was there to force us to use Steam, because it was first one to require it. And HL:A is there to sell VR. It is funny how you can see Valve philosophy changing.

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19:29 Nov-19-2019

I really want to test out VR games, looks dope.. but money is also a thing, and VR costs..I'll wait some years

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19:18 Nov-19-2019

Finally, very exciting for sure, though I don't intend to get VR.
If this is actually relevant to HL story wise I'll make sure to read into it.

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17:18 Nov-19-2019

Half Life: More than 2 but less than 4 Confirmed

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18:49 Nov-19-2019

Actually less than 2 since it's a prequel to 2.

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16:15 Nov-19-2019

Iv zero interest in VR, and tbh i will never be interested in it but thats just me

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16:12 Nov-19-2019

Your getting a new half life game be happy!!!!im still waiting on legend of dragoon 2......:(

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12:49 Nov-19-2019

Looking at the chart it's clear that people don't care about VR. Valve should hire great writer and make proper HL3 instead.

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13:06 Nov-19-2019

It's more that VR is still a very expensive part of the hobby than people not caring. Someone though needs to make VR more interesting. That's how you drive sales, and once you drive sales, you get people interested which leads to innovation, which leads to more affordable and more widespread VR.
It's good that Valve is spearheading VR. That pretty much only benefits us.

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12:26 Nov-19-2019

That's Valve for ya

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12:14 Nov-19-2019

Excited to get my hands on it. Hope it will be compatible with the Pimax 5k plus.

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12:02 Nov-19-2019

would be great if they provide non-VR headset options, like VRChat

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12:17 Nov-19-2019

I doubt it, that would compromise the scope of the game a great deal

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11:46 Nov-19-2019

Too poor for VR

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10:55 Nov-19-2019

I am a big Half Life Fan since my dad loved the first and got me to play it while being really young. hell my bday is nov 16 so its awesome Hl2 came out at the same day. But sadly no I do not want VR. No I will not look forward to this game because I just don't want to cash in soo much more money just to play 1 decent game on VR. VR is still new and prices are still too high

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10:45 Nov-19-2019

As soon as VR doesn't require enthusiast level hardware and gets a bit more affordable I'll probably get it. I'd love to see what all the fuss is about.
Valve is really trying to spearhead the VR gaming, and I'm glad someone big is taking it as something more than just a gimmick. I think VR could be it's own feature and I'd be glad to see it have wider appeal.

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10:48 Nov-19-2019

My problem with VR is that the gameplay and mechanics themselves are garbage, outside of racing games, where the vr is purely for viewing.

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10:50 Nov-19-2019

Have you used VR?

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10:57 Nov-19-2019

Yes, twice, once in a small and once in a tech shop. It's awesome, but the games are so garbage mainly due to garbage gameplay.

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11:04 Nov-19-2019

I'd say it's a chicken and egg thing. The games are the scope and quality they are because the audience is comparatively small. If there were enough VR customers, we'd see higher quality games. This right here, Half-Life: Alyx, is the sort of game which can drive VR sales and lift up the overall quality of games, so I can only see it as a good thing.

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11:36 Nov-19-2019

True, but that doesn't mean that they aren't objectively poorly made, even though that is completely understandable and absolutely expected and have all the valid excuses in the world, it just doesn't change the fact that currently VR games just have poor gameplay and mechanics and even level design and I hope they get much better in the future and that VR doesn't die, but right now it's a big no no for me.

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11:51 Nov-19-2019

A lot do, some don't. Bad games aren't exactly a problem unique to VR. I sort of fail to see why Valve developing a high budget VR exclusive isn't a positive in this regard, especially if you hope VR doesn't die.

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12:04 Nov-19-2019

Valve is developing Half Life and that Boneworks title which looks equally as promising. I just hope they're not just another proof of concept because there are plenty already and we know it works.

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10:57 Nov-19-2019

Even though I've not played VR I have to disagree. Even in some fairly limited, more basic VR games, plenty of mechanics are completely unachievable with the classic input system. And if VR gets more recognition, developers are bound to find a lot of creative ideas that are just not possible in classic games.

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10:58 Nov-19-2019

Unachievable AND bad, in time they will get good and then it will be awesome

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11:12 Nov-19-2019

So your problem is that VR is just new? I don't see that as a problem, more like an opportunity than anything.

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11:36 Nov-19-2019

Yeah pretty much. Also oppurtunity for what?

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11:50 Nov-19-2019

Opportunity to improve, change and grow.

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13:32 Nov-19-2019

Oh, absolutely.

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13:34 Nov-19-2019

@Jon yeah that's what I was thinking, this will bring back big interest in VR and will keep it afloat for a while longer, but we do need more quality games for VR and I'm not saying that games are bad because they are on VR, they are bad because developers still don't know how to utilize it well.

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12:00 Nov-19-2019

You can argue they're fairly basic and I can agree with that. But objectively poorly made? I don't think so. They took the way humans interact with stuff and basically translated it in game 1 to 1.

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12:00 Nov-19-2019

It's the most intuitive game mechanic out of any because it's immedialely understood by everyone trying those games. Now there's not much beyond that in most titles, but that's mostly because VR is still very niche.

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13:36 Nov-19-2019

Player interaction with objects is mediocre at best and the rest of the mechanics beyond grabbing are just crappy in present games. As I said above as developers get better at VR development games will improve as well, right now it's absolutely normal and expected for games to suck balls.

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