Valve has released a full-length trailer for their brand new Half-Life game, Half-Life: Alyx. The game was revealed earlier this week as the company’s flagship VR game, and has been described as a Half-Life game of the same length as the others.
Half-Life: Alyx is a VR exclusive game that sees players take on the role of Alyx from Half-Life 2. The universe of Half-Life has been updated with modern visuals, but the game appears to deliver the exact same Half-Life game experience, just in VR.
The end of the game’s trailer has two big moments, with the first being the arrival of the mysterious character, G-Man. His presence has been exclusively lined to the series’ previous protagonist, Gordon Freeman, indicating that Alyx is now the lead character, and more important.
The second big moment from the end of the game’s trailer is the reveal of a release date, March 2020. The launch date is unexpectedly close, considering that the last mainline Half-Life game launched in 2004.
Half-Life: Alyx takes place between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2, at which point Gordon Freelan’s whereabouts are unknown. The recent end of the Seven Hour War is still fresh, and humanity is coming to terms with living under the rule of their invaders.
Valve have built Half-Life: Alyx from the ground up for VR, and they say that they can’t imagine the game any other way. Interestingly the company hasn’t made the game an exclusive for their own VR platform, in fact it’s compatible with a number of headsets.
Half-Life: Alyx is compatible with Valve Index, HTC Vive, Windows Mixed Reality, Oculus Rift, and Oculus Quest VR headsets. This means that the game is open for almost any VR users to play, with the exception of those with PlayStation VR, unless Half-Life: Alyx eventually comes to PlayStation 4.
While Half-Life: Alyx is a new game in the franchise, it’s not Half-Life 3, which is what many fans wanted next from Valve. However, Half-Life: Alyx indicates a return to working on the Half-Life franchise, which could mean that Half-Life 3 isn’t far away.