HTC chairwoman Cher Wang has told the BBC that the company is “co-operating with Half-life”, whatever that means.
HTC are working on games for the Vive, the virtual reality headset that is part of the Steam family but Ms Wang would not be drawn further on the topic and would not specify which Half Life game they were working on. Oculus Rift had a beta version of Half Life 2, it’s quite possible that is being ported to the Vive.
The BBC reports that “Valve’s own employees were surprised by Ms Wang’s comments as they were not working on a Half-life game for the new helmet at the moment,” and there were no plans to announce a game.
Although the idea of Half Life in VR may sound good, many who tried the Oculus Rift version were unimpressed. “I played the retrofitted VR edition of Half-life 2, and something as simple as going up and down a ladder made me nauseous,” was one comment, “The first couple of minutes of Half Life 2 in VR is among the best experiences I have ever had in a game. The ten minutes after that were the most horrible,” is another.
The Vive is scheduled for release this year and will be the first VR set on the market, assuming Project Morpheus doesn’t make a surprise reveal at E3.
UPDATE: “Regarding my BBC interview with Dave Lee yesterday, I would like to apologise for any confusion caused when I referred to individual games titles,” clarified Cher Wang.
“In response to a question on specific games, I misspoke when I referred to our working together with Valve on a particular game, when instead I meant our collaboration with Valve on developing next-generation virtual reality experiences for gaming.