It comes with all the hallmarks of a classic Half-Life game. In the years since, you've continued your clandestine scientific activity-performing critical research, and building invaluable tools for the few humans courageous enough to defy the Combine. "Half-Life 2" was also the first game to require Steam to install, introducing millions of players to a new type of online gaming platform.
As part of the Half-Life: Alyx announcement, Valve said the following: "As part of the Half-Life: Alyx announcement, Valve said the following: "A set of Source 2 tools for building new levels will be available for the game, enabling any player to build and contribute new environments for the community to enjoy". "In some ways, VR was a little bit ... the way the gravity gun helped us in 'Half-Life 2, ' where it just became the tentpole that you could wrap so much around".
Half-Life: Alyx will be playable on the Valve Index, Oculus Quest and Rift, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality. Half-Life: Alyx will work with all PC-based VR headsets. "So in this case, we started exploring VR using assets and code from Portal and Half-Life". But among this scattered population are two of Earth's most resourceful scientists: Dr. Eli Vance and his daughter Alyx, the founders of a fledgling resistance.
Oh, and there's another big caveat: "Half-Life: Alyx" is a virtual reality game that can only be played on PC in VR. A woman of color got the leading role when we all know that the game industry is led by male protagonists.
Is this VR's killer-app game?In it, Valve developers explain how Half-Life: Alyx came to be and why it was made to be a VR exclusive title. One major reason for that is a lack of so-called "must-play" games, and, in 2016, Valve employees sought to solve that problem. The game looks more detailed than any VR game we have seen up until now.
Alyx is a new entry in the franchise and it will be on all VR platforms in March 2020.
So there you have it folks - if Half-Life: Alyx does well for Valve, we might be getting a shot at Half-Life 3.
More details on Half-Life: Alyx at Half-Life.com and the Steam page.
Although Steam has listed almost 50,000 players, it seems like there are only less than 10,000 players actually playing the game-a number that Kotaku notes as lower than the number of players playing the first Counter Strike title. They were more like milestones along the way to get where we are with Half-Life: Alyx. If you don't yet own any VR hardware, now's the time.