Half-Life: Alyx Runs on Source 2, out in March 2020

Valve has just revealed that Half-Life: Alyx is coming to PCVR headsets in March 2020. A stunning gameplay video confirms that the game is running on the company’s Source 2 engine, and a set of tools enabling the community to work with the new tech will ship when Half-Life: Alyx is released.

Pre-orders are also now live, with a 10% off discount (that lasts until March 30th) bringing the game’s price down to US$53.99. VR enthusiasts who own a Valve Index (or Index controllers) will get Half-Life: Alyx for free as well, as a nice thank you from the developer.

Half-Life: Alyx is Valve’s VR return to the Half-Life series. It’s the story of an impossible fight against a vicious alien race known as the Combine, set between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2.

Playing as Alyx Vance, you are humanity’s only chance for survival. The Combine’s control of the planet since the Black Mesa incident has only strengthened as they corral the remaining population in cities. Among them are some of Earth’s greatest scientists: you and your father, Dr. Eli Vance.

As founders of a fledgling resistance, you’ve continued your clandestine scientific activity—performing critical research, and building invaluable tools for the few humans brave enough to defy the Combine.

Every day, you learn more about your enemy, and every day you work toward finding a weakness.

ABOUT GAMEPLAY IN VR:

Valve’s return to the Half-Life universe that started it all was built from the ground up for virtual reality. VR was built to enable the gameplay that sits at the heart of Half-Life.

Immerse yourself in deep environmental interactions, puzzle solving, world exploration, and visceral combat.

Lean to aim around a broken wall and under a Barnacle to make an impossible shot. Rummage through shelves to find a healing syringe and some shotgun shells. Manipulate tools to hack alien interfaces. Toss a bottle through a window to distract an enemy. Rip a Headcrab off your face and throw it at a Combine soldier.

Continuing with their anti-exclusivity stance, Valve has announced that all currently available PCVR headsets will work with Half-Life: Alyx (Index, Oculus Rift/S/Quest, WMR, HTC Vive/Pro/Cosmos). Players will also be able to enjoy the game seated/standing or in full roomscale VR, with different movement and control options available to suit their needs.

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