Everything you need to know about Half-Life: Alyx

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half life alyx vr reveal announcement virtual reality

It’s been a staggering 12 years since the last instalment in the Half-Life series, and now a brand new Half-Life game, Half-Life: Alyx, has just been unveiled.

The newest game in the acclaimed series is a full-length virtual reality adventure set between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2. But what else do we know about Half-Life: Alyx?

Read on to find out the release date, story, details about VR compatibility, and much more. Oh, and there’s a trailer in there too.

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It’s been a staggering 12 years since the last instalment in the Half-Life series, and now a brand new Half-Life game, Half-Life: Alyx, has just been unveiled.

The newest game in the acclaimed series is a full-length virtual reality adventure set between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2. But what else do we know about Half-Life: Alyx?

Read on to find out the release date, story, details about VR compatibility, and much more. Oh, and there’s a trailer in there too.

Half-Life: Alyx release date

Half-Life: Alyx launches on Steam in March 2020.

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Half-Life: Alyx story and setting

The new game is set sometime after the events of the original Half-Life, but before the beginning of Half-Life 2. This time, as the game’s title suggests, you’ll be playing as talented hacker Alyx Vance, who seasoned series fans will remember as the near-constant companion of Gordon Freeman in Half-Life 2.

We haven’t yet seen any sign of Gordon Freeman in the trailer, but that might not be too surprising – canonically, he’s been floating around in stasis in the time period between Half-Life and Half-Life 2.

But in the new game, we’re seeing events from Alyx’s perspective, at a time in which the Combine, a brutal alien race, have invaded the planet and are steadily increasing their control over humanity, imprisoning survivors in cities under Combine rule.

However, a resistance movement is beginning to gather around some of the greatest scientists of the age, including Alyx and her father Dr. Eli Vance. Together the rebels and scientists are learning everything they can about the Combine and their weaknesses so that they can fabricate the tools and weapons they need to finally fight back.

At the very end of the trailer (which you can watch below), we get a glimpse of the mysterious G-Man, who has previously only appeared in front of Gordon Freeman. Is he interacting with Alyx here? Or is this a sign that we might get to see more of Gordon after all?

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Half-Life: Alyx gameplay

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According to a developer interview with Geoff Keighley (which you can watch right here), it’s taken playtesters roughly the same amount of time to finish Half-Life: Alyx as it took them to finish Half-Life 2, but it could take longer if you like to spend time exploring.

In that same interview, the developers were quick to reassure viewers that a Half-Life staple will be present and accounted for in the VR game. As Valve designer Greg Coomer put it, “the only reason we invested years of time, money, and effort into VR was so we could make a headcrab leap at people’s faces”.

So as the game is a VR adventure, you can expect to be more immersed in the world of Half-Life than ever before. This time around, Alyx is armed with a special weapon: a pair of gravity gloves that allow her to manipulate objects in her environment. Blasting headcrabs through windows is one thing, but you’ll also be able to rummage around on shelves for supplies, throw objects to distract enemies, and lean around obstacles to scope out a room and aim a sneaky shot. Take a look for yourself in the announcement trailer below.

Half-Life: Alyx trailer

Half-Life: Alyx VR compatibility

Half-Life: Alyx is a virtual reality game, and it’s compatible with all the major VR headsets: Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Windows Mixed Reality.

And if you happen to already own a Valve Index headset, then you’re in luck – for you, the game will be free, and you’ll get some extra bonus content too.

Whether you’re playing on Index or not, the game also comes with a level editor, which means that you’ll be able to put together your own environments and levels for other players to explore.

What else do I need to know?

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Before you head off to replay the original games before the new one arrives, you might like to head here to discover a few things you might not know about the Half-Life series.

If you’re yet to try out VR for yourself, head over to GAME to see our selection of headsets and amazing lineup of VR games you can play while you wait for Half-Life: Alyx to arrive next year.

Once you’re all set on the VR front, Half-Life: Alyx is available to pre-order over on Steam right now, so make sure you’re all topped up on Steam credit before you go.

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