Published: Thu, March 26, 2020
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Valve announces Half-Life: Alyx release date


Now making a new statement on the subject, Valve has officially announced Half-Life: Alyx's release date. 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. We try to avoid being dogmatic about any game design choice. The VR-only game, said to be around 15 hours long, will come out for PC on March 23rd. Hammer, Valve's level authoring tool, has been updated with all of the game's virtual reality gameplay tools and components. It was revealed to be the VR game Half-Life: Alyx, taking place between the events Half-Life and Half-Life 2.

The much anticipated sequel to the classic 2004 game Half Life 2, Half Life: Alyx, is finally confirmed to launch on Steam on 23 March. There 1.4% of surveyed Steam users own a headset, with.23% jump since December 2019, nearly half of which is attributable to Oculus Rift S sales. Depending on how many users actually take part in the surveys, you can estimate the number of SteamVR compatible headsets in use to be around 1.2-2 million.

The rush on headsets started right after Valve revealed Alyx in November and hasn't stopped since. I've embedded them at low-ish resolution throughout this story but you can check out the detailed 4K screengrabs via the above Twitter post link.

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Half-Life: Alyx has been pre-orderable for a number of weeks already, but at least potential buyers now have a firm date to mark on their calendar. The announcement of Half-Life: Alyx helped heighten interest but it was the free offer that likely pushed demand over the edge.

So, playing as Alyx Vance in the upcoming series will mean that you're again the humanity's only hope for survival.

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