Half-Life VR

Report: Valve could introduce a Half-Life VR game next month [Updated]

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[Update: Nov. 18, 2019 @ 6:40 PM EST]: Half-Life: Alyx has been confirmed by Valve via the ValveSoftware Twitter account. The announcement for the game will occur on November 21 at 10 AM PST.

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We know we’ve all waited an eternity for Valve to count to three with the Half-Life series. Well, next month… we’ll have to keep waiting. But those of you that own a VR headset could have some good news coming your way. A report suggests that a new game called Half-Life: Alyx could be shown next month during The Game Awards. This comes from a leaked interview between TGA producer/host Geoff Keighley and Valve designer Robin Walker, along with an undisclosed third party.

Half Life alyx

What’s Half-Life: Alyx all about?

According to the transcript, the new game could arrive in March 2020. As for why it’s taken the VR route, the unnamed person stated, “I mean, we would love to be delivering a version of this that you could play with a mouse and keyboard. But, like as we said, it began as an exploration of VR.”

There are other little details. These include being able to “see their whole body,” referring to the in-game character. They also indicated it was really fun “watching playtests,” including “dropping clips on the ground.” It sounds like it’ll have some sort of realism factor going for it.

Now, keep in mind that this is not official. This is based on a leaked Google doc that has since gone offline, with Pastebin posting the notes from it. Neither Keighley nor Valve have confirmed the existence of the project, so it could very well be a fluff piece at this point.

Still, despite the format change, a return to the world of Half-Life would be a welcome one for fans. Being able to jump into Gordon Freeman’s world with a headset wouldn’t be the worst thing, either. Well, until a headcrab grabs you, of course.

We’ll see what comes during The Game Awards when they take place on December 12. Find out more information on the official TGA page.

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