The other day, the VR game Half-Life: Alyx went on sale. This is the first Half-Life project since October 2007, when Half-Life 2: Episode Two saw the light of day. For such a long period of time, Valve tried to make a new part of Half-Life, but to no avail. This edition of Kotaku was told by designer Robin Walker.
“We worked on numerous ideas at that time. The people who worked on them thought they were making a new part of Half-Life. However, they all faced a problem: at its core, Half-Life was always a series, during which we were interested in solving unusual problems associated with the clash of technology and art that arise on their own, ”Walker noted.
According to Walker, the first part of Half-Life offered an interesting look at the narrative in shooters, the second impressed with characters and a physical model, and the episodes absorbed the best of Half-Life 2 and got rid of a number of mistakes. When the question arose of developing the third episode, Valve employees were unable to propose an idea that would “surprise, inspire or expand” Half-Life. The developers came to the conclusion that it makes sense to do not Episode Three, but “something more.”
Many teams tried to come up with something worthwhile, but did not succeed. The creators were not even able to offer a clear vision of the continuation of Half-Life. In 2017, Mark Leydou, who worked for Valve for a long time and left the company in 2016, published a script that described the events that occurred after the second episode. However, Walker said that Valve did not then make a final decision about the continuation of the history of the series.
In the end, Valve decided to make Half-Life: Alyx for virtual reality, as the creators saw the strengths of virtual reality and dealt with specific tasks in the development process of the game.
“It wasn’t some kind of abstract task like:“ Hey, we are working on Half-Life 3. Why would anyone play Half-Life 3? ”This is a more pliable topic. We could experiment with the new platform and evaluate its strengths. You could sit down and start solving the problem, ”Walker said and added that the team responsible for Half-Life: Alyx liked to make this game.