Yes, it’s official, Valve’s Half-Life series is finally continuing. Half-Life: Alyx will bring the series into virtual reality early next year.
Oh my has it been a while. We haven’t seen any hint of Half-Life’s universe since Episode 2 of Half-Life 2 in 2007. But any fans who had given up on the first-person shooter series were in for a surprise this past weekend, when a fresh sequel was announced.
Not a traditional sequel however, Half-Life: Alyx is a virtual reality title. But before you start dismissing it as a gimmick, check out the trailer. Other than the fact that you need a headset to play it, Alyx looks like a pretty awesome time.
Starring Alyx Vance (obviously), a non-playable hero from Half-Life 2, this prequel seems like it features almost everything that made the series’ story so cool.
Yes, prequel. Alyx takes place between the first and second games.
Looks good, right? I feel like the whole ‘double handed’ interface might be a little bit of an issue for those looking for a more traditional FPS experience, but it does sound solid regardless.
Valve is talking up a tremendous amount of interactivity for this one, as it hits right alongside the company’s Valve Index headset. Imagine grabbing a head crab before it latches onto you, and then tossing it out of a window. I’m no fan of motion controls, but that does sound great. Oh, and the answer to your question is ‘no’, you don’t need an Index to play. Oculus or the Vive will work just fine.
Half-Life: Alyx lands on the PC this this March. No word of console releases just yet, but we’ll keep you updated.