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‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Will Clobber You With a Crowbar Next Month

  • Upcoming VR prequel to Half-Life 2 aims to expand on Alyx Vance’s story.
  • Three new screenshots dropped with release date announcement.
  • Play the entire Half-Life franchise for free on Steam until Half-Life: Alyx launches.

 

If you’ve been anticipating the release of Valve’s Half-Life: Alyx, a VR entry into the Half-Life franchise, you’re not going to have to wait too much longer before you can put yourself in the game. Next month on March 23rd Half-Life: Alyx will be releasing on Steam and for the first time since 2007 players will get to revisit new official content in the Half-Life series. If you don’t know what Half-Life: Alyx is, I want to first welcome you out of the cryochamber you must’ve been held captive in, because it seems like all anyone has been talking about in the VR scene the last few months, even overshadowing Boneworks. Secondly, anyone looking for all the loose ends at the end of Half-Life 2: Episode 2 to finally be tied up aren’t going to find them here.

Half-Life: Alyx puts players in the role of Alyx Vance, Gordan Freeman’s sidekick through much of Half-Life 2. Taking place between Half-Life and Half-Life 2 players are going to get a deeper look at the Combine occupation through her eyes as she and others try desperately to organize a resistance movement against the combined forces of the human and alien threat to humanity’s freedom and prosperity. In addition to the release date announcement, Valve tweeted out a look at three new screenshots which you can find below. Two are more of a look at the environments, while one shows a moment of gameplay.

Let’s take a moment to consider that maybe you’ve never played the Half-Life series, but you’d like to. The ongoing Half-Life: Alyx promotion that allows Steam users access to the entire lineup for free until Alyx launches is still available. If you’ve never played the series, you definitely owe it to yourself to at least check out the main games, though the expansions are incredible too. Even the low points of Half-Life: Blue Shift are still worth a playthrough even today. If you decide that you like the series enough, you can grab the whole bundle for $24.40 at this link.

While it’s good to see Valve returning to the Half-Life series, it does very much feel like this is a voyage to both see just how high the demand for more Half-Life is as well as what the demand for VR games are. Should Half-Life: Alyx be a great success, we’ll likely see Valve dive further into both with more eagerness. Who knows, maybe we’ll finally see Half-Life 2: Episode 3 at some point. Better yet, maybe we’ll actually see Half-Life 3

At a minimum though, perhaps the best we can hope for is more VR experiences in the Half-Life universe. I don’t know about you but I’d definitely like an Opposing Force style experience from the perspective of a Combine unit. You hear me Valve? Maybe sprinkle in some co-op goodness for us while you’re at it.