“Alyx”: Valve’s big VR “Half-Life” show starts on March 23rd

Updated February 14, 2020, 3:27 p.m.

From vague to concrete: Valve now reveals on which day “Half Life: Alyx” is released on the VR community. Curious people have to hurry: the right headsets are becoming scarce.

Exactly when the new “Half-Life” episode “Alyx” was released, fans found out first on Valve’s own gaming platform Steam and on Twitter: With the image of a gray ruin landscape, March 23 was announced as the release date. For a long time only March was vaguely communicated as a release window.

When Valve announced a new title from the cult game series “Half-Life” for March 2020 in November 2019, the excitement was great. After all, gamers have been waiting for “Half-Life 2: Episode 2” to continue since 2007. However, some players were disappointed when it became clear that “Half Life: Alyx” was not a third part of the science fiction shooter saga, but a spin-off.

“Alyx” tells the story between the two main parts from the perspective of resistance fighter Alyx Vance. Players know her from “Half-Life 2” as a companion of Gordon Freeman: This time she can slip into the main role – as humanity’s last hope in the fight against the alien race of the Combine. In addition to fighting, exploring the world, combining objects and solving puzzles also determines gameplay.

The “Alyx” effect: More than 100,000 VR sets sold

“Half-Life: Alyx” immerses VR players in a post-apocalyptic setting.

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You experience the action from a first-person perspective. For critics, however, the fact that the new Valve title can only be played with a VR headset is a downer. After all, it doesn’t have to be the company’s own Valve Index data glasses. The title appears exclusively on Steam, but “Alyx” is compatible with the VR headsets from other manufacturers such as Oculus and HTC.

Nevertheless: Valve’s plan to boost sales of their own headsets index with the charisma of a game from the “Half-Life” universe worked. Since the announcement of “Alyx”, the developer has sold over 100,000 devices, the Valve Index is currently practically sold out. Experts believe that other VR headset manufacturers could also benefit from the “Alyx effect”.

However, a variant for PlayStationVR is currently not being considered. Game designer Greg Coomer, however, stirs up a glimmer of hope – or openly shows malicious joy: “We assume that many Sony customers would like to experience this new chapter of ‘Half-Life’.”

It is unclear whether the console can keep up with the officially announced system requirements: Windows 10 computers would need at least an Intel Core i5-7500 or an AMD Ryzen 5 1600, 12 GB RAM and an Nvidia Geforce GTX 1060 or an RX 580 from Be equipped with AMD.

Free history lesson: “Half-Life” games for free on Steam

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Put your hands up! The fight against the Combine continues in “Half-Life: Alyx”.

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For all those who want to refresh their knowledge of the resistance fighter, the mysterious aliens The Combine and the G-Man, Valve currently has an offer that can not be refused: The “Half-Life Complete” is available on the online sales platform Steam. -Package free of charge until the release of “Alyx”.

In addition to the original “Half-Life” released in 1998, the complete bundle includes the “Opposing Force”, “Blue Shift” and the multiplayer “Team Fortress Classic”. Also part of the game is “Half-Life 2” with the tags “Episode 1 & 2”. The revised debut – known as “Half-Life 1: Source” – is also included. However, the well-known remake “Black Mesa” is not included because it is not an official game by Valve, but the project of a modding community.



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