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Valve confirms Half-Life: Alyx, its 'flagship VR game'

Insert Half-Life three joke right here.

Valve, the corporate finest identified for the Half-Life franchise and Portal, amongst others, in a shock announcement on Monday, introduced that its subsequent title might be for VR and might be titled Half-Life: Alyx.

It introduced that the title might be Valve Software program’s “flagship VR sport.” The corporate additionally mentioned it will reveal extra particulars on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. PDT. We’ll remember to convey you the most recent on that.

When you want a refresher on the Half-Life sequence, I would not blame you. The final entry in that franchise, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, got here out in 2007. That sport, which labored as an episodic sequel to Half-Life 2, continued the occasions arrange in the principle entry however ended on a tragic cliffhanger. Spoiler forward for a 12-year-old sport, however the episode ends with the dying of Eli Vance, one among Gordon Freeman’s essential allies. The final picture of the sport is Alyx, his daughter, holding his physique.

Contemplating that this VR title is named Half-Life: Alyx, we will assume that she’ll play a key position on this story. Nonetheless, no different particulars have been confirmed.

Whereas it has been steadily releasing video games — with Artifact and Dota Underlords being its main releases since 2018 — Valve been focusing extra on {hardware} and software program growth over the previous decade. With the acquisition of Campo Santo, the studio behind Firewatch, in 2018, many questioned if Valve was getting again into sport growth.

Within the Valley of the Gods, from Campo Santo, was anticipated to be Valve’s subsequent video games launch. It is nonetheless listed on the firm’s web site as a future mission, however there hasn’t been a lot motion on that entrance.

Whereas it is unknown but if Half-Life: Alyx might be obtainable on particular headsets, we will guess from the tweet that it will no less than be obtainable on the SteamVR platform. You may then sideload SteamVR onto an Oculus Quest, for instance.

Curiously, this week marks the 21st anniversary of the unique Half-Life’s launch.

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