For many, many years now, gamers have been eagerly anticipating the announcement of Half-Life 3. Unfortunately, that has yet to happen, but it seems that Valve has decided to breathe some new life into the Half-Life franchise by officially announcing Half-Life: Alyx, the latest title to be part of the Half-Life universe.
However, this won’t be a sequel to Half-Life 2. Instead, it seems that Half-Life: Alyx will be taking place in between the first Half-Life game and Half-Life 2, so if you’ve been hoping to find out what happens after Half-Life 2, then you might be disappointed storywise, but it could still be a good game nonetheless.
However, what makes Half-Life: Alyx particularly interesting and slightly controversial is Valve’s decision to make it a VR game. This means that gamers who want to check it out will have to own a VR headset, like the HTC Vive or any other PC-compatible VR headset. It also does not seem that Valve has plans to launch a non-VR version, meaning that the number of players who will be able to play this game could be rather small.
In a statement made by Valve’s Gabe Newell, “Everyone at Valve is excited to be returning to the world of Half-Life. 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 things we care a lot about: truly great games, cutting edge technology, and open platforms. We can’t wait for people to experience this.”