Valve Confirms Half-Life: Alyx Shortly After The First Leak

Alonzo Simpson
March 27, 2020

Is it basically Half-Life 3? The source is apparently the same leaker responsible for the DOTA Underlords leak, and is quoting from an interview between "Geoff" (Geoff Keighley, in his capacity as the creator of the "Final Hours" documentaries about Valve games), Robin Walker (co-developer of Team Fortress 2 among other games), and an unnamed third person.

We're excited to unveil Half-Life: Alyx, our flagship VR game, this Thursday at 10am Pacific Time. And while the company hasn't explicitly said that this game isn't coming to the big, flag screens most of us have, the simple fact that Valve is calling it a "flagship VR title" suggests that the only way to get into the game is to give away half of your life savings for a SteamVR-compatible headset like the or. With the purchase of Campo Santo, the studio behind Firewatch, in 2018, many wondered if Valve was getting back into game development.

Those who have patiently (and not-so-patiently) suffered through year after year without new Half-Life will have three options - assuming this rumor comes to fruition.

It's the news millions of veteran gamers have been waiting more than a decade for: another title in the sci-fi shooter series Half-Life.

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Update (11/18/2019 - 4:00PM PT): Valve has confirmed that Half-Life: Alyx is indeed real.

Valve has announced that it will be unveiling Half-Life: Alyx, the company's flagship VR game this Thursday, and expectations are, unsurprisingly, ludicrously high. While no Half-Life 3, this title will allegedly take place after the events of the last entry in the series, with reports indicating it will release in March, 2020. Given the series' emphasis on gravity-based puzzles and Half-Life 2's famed gravity gun, could we see ourselves using some kind of gravity-grab gauntlets of some kind to quickly interact with the environment? Or is it, oh now we're makin' VR games, that's what we do? Considering the well-documented wait for a follow-up to Half-Life 2: Episode 2, the internet is sure to be keeping a close eye on all Valve news over the next few weeks. 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. Just buy the Half-Life pack on Steam and play the damn games.

For those of you holding out for a normal version playable with a keyboard and mouse, you're out of luck. You know what I'm talking about.

We'll follow this story as more information becomes available.

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