Here's what Robin Walker told IGN: "We didn't set out to make a Half-Life game". This unique angle helps bring you into the game's world, one that looks to be one of the most detailed to date in a VR game. Half-Life: "Alyx was built hand in hand with Valve Index, which is the highest fidelity option on the market, but the game works great with Vive, Rift and Windows Mixed Reality too".
Now 15 years after Half-Life 2 hit shelves (or 12 years after Half-Life 2 came out) we are seeing a brand new entry into the Half-Life series - and Half-Life: Alyx is that game. Ever since then, we got nothing more of this series, and the cliffhanger left us just like that. There have been a few AAA VR titles released thus far on the platform but this will be Valve's first with their own IP. Since Vive was launched in 2016, the company also released some VR demos and other experiences, like Moondust and Lab - they are both based on its Portal series of physics puzzlers.
For PC users salivating at the thought of re-entering the Half-Life universe, knowing what they'll need to run it is pretty important. Alyx Vance was originally voiced by Merle Dandridge in Half-Life 2 but will be played by Ozioma Akagha in Half-Life: Alyx. A woman of color got the leading role when we all know that the game industry is led by male protagonists. The developer has insisted that Half-Life: Alyx is a full-featured, full-length Half-Life adventure, complete with everything you'd expect from that. It's nearly a throwback to the days when console ports of PC games were odd mashups of missing features and altered gameplay. The Half-Life games were some of the most critically acclaimed and yet Valve did not seem to be interested in finishing the trilogy all these years.
Set between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2, Alyx Vance and her father Eli secretly mount the resistance to the brutal occupation of Earth by a mysterious alien race known as The Combine. Upon release, it will be one of just a handful of games designed by a well-known studio, with an AAA budget to boot.
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With that said, Valve has apparently included several additional interactions that will only be available to players using its recently released Index controllers.
Otherwise, you can pre-order Half-Life: Alyx right now via Steam, and if you act quick you can take advantage of the current 10% off sale.