In an unexpected turn of events, Valve announced Half-Life: Alyx as the next title in its acclaimed shooter series. Being the first entry in the series in over twelve years, the title has quite a bit of weight on its shoulders, especially given how it won't be a traditional FPS but a title built with VR in mind.
Here's everything we know about Half-Life: Alyx, including details on its release date, gameplay, and more.
Half-Life: Alyx Release Date
With Half-Life: Alyx freshly revealed, details on Valve's upcoming title are still scarce, including those regarding a release date. In short, the developer didn't provide any.
That being said, a PasteBin transcript leaked before the official announcement suggests a March 2020 release window for Half-Life: Alyx.
Half-Life: Alyx Gameplay
In its brief announcement Valve didn't go over details regarding Half-Life: Alyx's gameplay, but did call it its "flagship VR title". That being said, we expect it to be a shooter, in some capacity, given the series' legacy.
The same Pastebin transcript reveals that you can see enemies in their entirety and that they will react in different ways to different situations like panicking, dropping their weapons and fumbling for them when they're faced with a zombie.
Half-Life: Alyx Story
While details on Half-Life: Alyx's story weren't shared, we expect Alyx Vance to play an important role in the story, whether that of a trusty sidekick or that of a fully-fledged protagonist.
Introduced in Half-Life 2, Alyx Vance was an important figure in the human resistance against the Combine, accompanying and providing vital help to Gordon Freeman in his fight against the alien oppressors. Capable, witty and beautiful, Alyx remains one of the best examples of creating a complex and memorable AI companion to this day.
When will we learn more about Half-Life: Alyx?
Thankfully, we won't have to rely on leaks and speculation for long, as Valve intends to unveil Half-Life: Alyx on Thursday, November 21, at 10AM PT/8PM GMT.
We'll be sure to keep an eye out and update this article with any relevant info that might be revealed regarding Half-Life: Alyx, so do check back after the reveal for the full scoop.