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Valve announces new ‘flagship’ Half-Life VR game

Valve has confirmed it’s making a new Half-Life title after years of speculation, although it might not be the sequel many were hoping for.

After they previously announced they were working on three VR titles, Valve has confirmed one will be a new Half-Life title set to be unveiled on Thursday (21 November).  

Titled Half-Life: Alyx, Valve offered practically no details but described it as a ‘flagship VR game’, indicating this will be more substantial than a mere VR experience with Half-Life branding.  

The name Alyx most likely refers to character Alyx Vance, who was a close friend and ally of protagonist Gordon Freeman last seen in 2007’s Half-Life 2: Episode Two.  

According to Ars Technica, Half-Life: Alyx will actually turn back the clock to ‘the period between the first two mainline Half-Life games’ although this is yet to be confirmed.  

More importantly, this marks the first time Valve has announced a new Half-Life since Episode Two’s release – with Half-Life 3 becoming a long-running pipedream among the community.  

It’s unknown what VR platforms Half-Life: Alyx will be released on, although it’s likely it may release first on the Valve Index headset released earlier this year. 

Considering Half-Life 2 set a new benchmark for physics-based gameplay with the gravity gun, a VR game makes sense if it’s aiming to push VR to the next level. But we'll have to see if Valve plans to redefine what a VR title can be. 

Half Life: Alyx will be revealed Thursday 21 November at 10am US Pacific time and 6pm UK time.  

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