Valve has announced that a new Half-Life game is coming. Signs of a Half-Life VR game have been floating around for years, but over the weekend, leaked snippets from an interview between Geoff Keighley (video game journalist and the host of The Game Awards) and Valve suggested that a new Half-Life game is coming in March.
Alas, we know next to nothing besides the name - Half-Life: Alyx - until 10 am on Thursday.
Either way, we could hear more from Valve officially this Wednesday, or next month during The Game Awards itself. It seems absurd to think that Valve - a company known far more for selling games than building anything recent at this point - could inject the kind of killer app that everyone's been hoping for.
In a surprise tweet from a brand new verified Valve Twitter account, Valve Software seemingly confirmed this morning's Half-Life: Alyx rumors.
Developer Valve Corporation has tweeted that a game entitled Half-Life: Alyx is in development and that more details will be revealed on 21 November.
Of course, there was no news on those three games until now, leaving fans wondering if it was just all talk.
If you need a refresher on the Half-Life series, I wouldn't blame you. Some of the snippets make it sound as if an official announcement could be right around the corner, while the first trailer will be revealed at The Game Awards 2019 on December 12th. As we all know, it's Half-Life's birthday time, November 16 and 19 marking the fifteenth and twenty-first anniversary for the staple titles that permanently changed the face of first-person shooters. The game sounds like it's built from the ground up for VR, and games specifically designed for virtual reality headsets and hand-tracking controllers rarely translate well to traditional control schemes. "We have to wait and see what the reception is like". Don't forget the reception the company received when it announced its new DOTA game, only for it to be the mobile-based card game Artifact. But at the end of the day, it is a VR game, and is not exactly what fans of the beloved franchise have been waiting for. Find out more information on the official TGA page.
"Yeah, I mean we would love to be delivering a version of this that you could play with a mouse and a keyboard, but as we said, it began as an exploration of VR", Geoff says, according to the document.