It’s been 12 years because the final Half-Life sport was launched in 2007, and simply when followers of the enduring franchise appeared to have misplaced all hope that Valve would ever proceed the sequence, the corporate took to Twitter to announce a brand new installment. Half-Life: Alyx has been revealed because the studio’s “flagship” digital actuality sport, with a full unveiling of the title to return on Thursday at 1 pm ET.
Rumors of a Half-Life VR sport have been floating across the web for months, together with Monday morning when a transcript of an alleged interview regarding the title was reportedly leaked on-line. Until as we speak, whispers of a brand new Half-Life sport would have been met with a wholesome quantity of skepticism after the myriad rumors and “leaks” which have discovered their manner on Reddit and different boards through the years.
So, what will we find out about Half-Life: Alyx? Only the title for now, though the official unveiling on Thursday ought to supply some extra particulars on the story and the gameplay. Will it’s a first-person shooter starring Alyx Vance, Gordon Freeman’s companion all through Half-Life 2?
The return of Half-Life is a part of a push inside Valve to begin transport video games once more. Once recognized for its modern titles, together with the physics-based Portal and fast-paced aggressive shooter Counter-Strike, sport improvement had taken a backseat at Valve, which has principally targeted on its Steam platform in the previous couple of years. Certainly, a brand new Half-Life sport appeared like a protracted shot at this level, even supposing many devs have confirmed that there have been a number of makes an attempt to make a brand new installment.
It’s unclear for the time being if Half-Life: Alyx is a continuation of the story that started in Half-Life 2 and continued in Half-Life 2: Episode 1 and Half-Life 2: Episode 2. If it does begin after the latter’s notorious cliffhanger ending, then we’ll probably discover Alyx in a darkish place after the dying of her father.
We’ll have extra information for you later this week.
John Saavedra is Games Editor at Den of Geek. Read extra of his work right here. Follow him on Twitter @johnsjr9.