Half-Life: Alyx hits Steam on March 23

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We've always known the game would launch in March, but Valve kept the exact day under wraps -- given how many other Q1 and Q2 launches have been delayed, the company's silence wasn't exactly encouraging.

Fortunately, we can push those fears to the side now. Half-Life: Alyx is very unlikely to get pushed back at this point, and from what we've seen so far, the game looks pretty great. Sure, it's not Half-Life 2: Episode 3, but it's still a prequel to a beloved franchise, with some neat-looking gameplay mechanics to boot.

Of course, given its VR exclusivity, not everybody will be able to get their hands on it, due to either budget constraints or motion sickness issues (I fall into the latter camp). Regardless, those with the means to play Half-Life: Alyx are certainly excited about the opportunity to step into the shoes of one of this series' most well-known characters.

Throughout the game, players will explore the world of City 17, fight off both human and alien enemies, solve puzzles, and experience an "intricately woven," 15-hour (or so) story campaign.

Valve hopes that the VR platform will allow players to reach greater depths of immersion with Alyx. You'll be physically rifling through items on a shelf to find a specific object, manually aiming your pistol at enemies, and interacting with your environment in ways you simply wouldn't be able to on a traditional console or PC.

If any of that sounds like your cup of tea and you happen to have a VR headset, you can pre-order Half-Life: Alyx now on Steam for $53.99. If your Half-Life lore is a bit rusty, the existing games are free-to-play until Alyx's launch.

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yRaz

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I'm sure this a gimmick to gauge interest while also building hype for episode three if it does well.

Let's see how this plays out. But Episode 3 is like fusion, it's always 30 years away
 
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Zorak

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What's worse is that the global Vive Index market is absolutely dry right now. We tried to purchase a couple Indexes for our company, but its not available anywhere in the world. Did Valve just bumped up the demand for VR with Half Life?
 
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Evernessince

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What's worse is that the global Vive Index market is absolutely dry right now. We tried to purchase a couple Indexes for our company, but its not available nowhere in the world. Did Valve just bumped up the demand for VR with Half Life?
I'd say so. There was a short period before alyx was announced where you could have purchased one. If you missed that you are going on a waiting list. If you really want an index I'd recommend signing up to the list. Otherwise you could be waiting awhile.
 

toooooot

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This game looks so amazing that I might break the bank and buy the VR. Does this one require a spacey room too?

Also, I feel like after people play this game, there will be used VRs for less.
Another option I might take.
 

noel24

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Well, with 2020 prices of VR headsets, the technology is DOA for me. Question is, if Alyx is coming to regular PCs? Cause from the trailer in 2D, I recon, It could.

EDIT: Sorry, when checking the current prices of VR Headsets I've looked into some historical article on the net. But on Amazon Germany those sets out outright out of stock or listed at over $500. VR is not dead on arrival, It is DNEA - didn't even arived.
 
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Puiu

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Well, with 2020 prices of VR headsets, the technology is DOA for me. Question is, if Alyx is coming to regular PCs? Cause from the trailer in 2D, I recon, It could.

EDIT: Sorry, when checking the current prices of VR Headsets I've looked into some historical article on the net. But on Amazon Germany those sets out outright out of stock or listed at over $500. VR is not dead on arrival, It is DNEA - didn't even arived.
I don't think it will be officially available for normal 2D screens, the game is made with VR controls in mind. We might see mods that make it playable for non-VR users though.