Valve hasn’t clarified until now when we’ll get to play Half-Life: Alyx. They got this out of the way.
Gabe Newell’s company has taken a quite minimalistic way to announce the release day on Twitter, but we believe them – the tweet says Half-Life: Alyx will be available from March 23. You can still get the game with a 10% discount, but only do so if you have a VR headset. Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift (S), Oculus Quest (with a link cable to your PC, as the game isn’t going to be available on the standalone device!) – these devices will be supported, but you can also get the adventures that are set between the first two Half-Life games on Windows’ Mixed Reality (MR) devices as well.
„Half-Life: Alyx is Valve’s VR return to the Half-Life series. It’s the story of an impossible fight against a vicious alien race known as the Combine, set between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2. Playing as Alyx Vance, you are humanity’s only chance for survival. The Combine’s control of the planet since the Black Mesa incident has only strengthened as they corral the remaining population in cities. Among them are some of Earth’s greatest scientists: you and your father, Dr Eli Vance. As founders of a fledgeling Resistance, you’ve continued your clandestine scientific activity—performing critical research and building invaluable tools for the few humans brave enough to defy the Combine. Every day, you learn more about your enemy, and every day you work toward finding a weakness.
Valve’s return to the Half-Life universe that started it all was built from the ground up for virtual reality. VR was built to enable the gameplay that sits at the heart of Half-Life. Immerse yourself in deep environmental interactions, puzzle-solving, world exploration, and visceral combat. Lean to aim around a broken wall and under a Barnacle to make an impossible shot. Rummage through shelves to find a healing syringe and some shotgun shells. Manipulate tools to hack alien interfaces. Toss a bottle through a window to distract an enemy. Rip a Headcrab off your face and throw it at a Combine soldier,” the game’s Steam page says.
This game has a lot of attention. If it becomes successful (in comparison to other VR games!), then virtual reality can take a step closer to being mainstream. If it doesn’t, then at least Valve sold a lot of Valve Index units (which was out of stock for a while). Until then, you can play ALL Half-Life games and their expansions for free! And we have a question about the first image of the three new ones: What is that error?
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