New 'Half-Life' game confirmed as flagship VR title

Half-Life: Alyx, a brand-new game in the Half-Life universe, is designed exclusively for PC virtual reality systems (Valve Index, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows Mixed Reality).

Out of the blue, Valve has teased a new Half-Life game: Half-Life: Alyx, a game coming to steam VR.

"Half-Life: Alyx" is to be revealed on Thursday, November 21, 2019, at 10am Pacific Time. 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.

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.

Keighley then goes on to ask why the game is only playable in VR, and the unidentified third party responds "you can see their whole body- respond to the situation".

Update (11/18/2019 - 4:00PM PT): Valve has confirmed that Half-Life: Alyx is indeed real. Over the years, key writers of the previous Half-Life titles have also left, prompting many to wonder whether the series was dead.

In the first post to Valve's verified Twitter account, the developer announced today that it will reveal a new game in the much-loved Half-Life series later this week: VR title Half-Life: Alyx. And what's more, it has a release date that's not far off, in March 2020. 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.

It was previously indicated that the title would be announced on December 12 at Geoff Keigley's The Game Awards show. If you've played HL2, you're likely aware that the game features a unique weapon that allows you to manipulate the environment-the Gravity Gun.

"I mean, we're very excited about this, but you know, until we ship, you never know".

While it's unknown yet if Half-Life: Alyx will be available on specific headsets, we can guess from the tweet that it'll at least be available on the SteamVR platform.

Although many many people will be eager to get their hands on another official Half-Life, Alyx will be something few will find themselves equipped to play. Although, it also means fans will need a VR headset in order to enjoy the next chapter of the Half-Life series.

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