Half-Life: Alyx trailer drops – it’s coming out in March 2020

Half-Life: Alyx has just been revealed in a sensational new trailer, with the first Half-Life game in well over a decade (and Valve’s first flagship VR exclusive) set to release in March 2020 for Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Windows Mixed Reality.

The game is set somewhere between Half-Life and Half-Life 2, so it’s not a continuation from the cliffhanger ending to Half-Life 2: Episode 2. It features Alyx Vance and her father Eli as they kickstart the resistance to the Combine’s occupation of Earth.

You play as Alyx through the narrative action adventure, with some stunning looking world interactions, puzzle solving, exploration and some realistic combat, where you can lean around combat, rummage through shelves for ammo, and more.

Built in the Source 2 engine, the graphics look incredible for a VR game – no doubt helped by being able to throw the resources of a gaming PC at it – and Valve look to be making full use of the Knuckles controllers of the Valve Index, with finger tracking on show at multiple points in the trailer. However, the game is compatible with all PC VR systems, resorting back to grip and trigger buttons on Vive, Rift and WMR. You can play room scale, sitting or standing, you have teleport, shift and full analogue motion, and so on.

It will be free to anyone who has a Valve Index, regardless of when you buy one, but if you do so before the end of 2019 you a few additional bonuses:

  • Explore environments from Half-Life: Alyx in your SteamVR Home space
  • Alternate gun skins to embellish Alyx’s arsenal
  • Special Half-Life: Alyx-themed content for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

It looks truly impressive, and I can’t wait to see more.

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5 Comments

  1. Been dying for a Half-Life continuation since HL2-E2 released, didn’t think we’d ever get anything. This looks absolutely brilliant! I love the gravity gloves, the graphics are stunning.

    I’m so jealous, this game probably won’t come to the PSVR, so I’m going to miss out.

    Kill me.

    • Regarding your comment saying it isn’t a continuation of Ep2. They said in an interview that they highly recommend people replay Episode 2, I think it’ll be a prequal and maybe a slight sequel as well, that’ll tie into HL3.

  2. It looks amazing, shame we won’t see it on PSVR but hopefully it means a revival of the IP beyond just the VR game. If there is going to be a HL3 then i would also hope for an updated Orange Box collection to accompany it.

    • I think mentioning Half-Life 3 is like saying “barbecue” on a sunny day. Shh! :)

      • Valve can’t get away with it any longer now that they’ve brought Half-Life back into our consciousness! ;)

        Although this may effectively be HL3, we’ll have to wait and see.

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