Connect with us
Advertisement

News

Half-Life: Alyx release date finalised, no ‘Valve time’ in sight

The next entry in the Half-Life series, the VR-only Half-Life: Alyx, hasn’t fallen victim to infamous “Valve time” delays.

Published

on

Half-Life: Alyx release date
Valve / Thumbsticks

The next entry in the Half-Life series, the VR-only Half-Life: Alyx, hasn’t fallen victim to infamous “Valve time” delays.

The last time Valve released a Half-Life game was October 2007. That was Half-Life 2: Episode Two and, to date, is the concluding part of Gordon Freeman’s saga. The last we saw the Freeman, he and Alyx Vance were heading off to the Arctic circle to find the lost research ship, the Borealis.

And that’s all they wrote. Half-Life 2: Episode Three never happened, Half-Life 3 definitely never happened, and most of the original team – save for Gabe Newell, sitting atop his pile of Steam money – has since dispersed.

Advertisement

But there is new blood in Valve. The Washington-based developer and publisher bought Campo Santo, the brilliant team behind Firewatch, one of Thumbsticks’ all-time favourite games. The former Campo team have found their various niches in Valve’s notoriously flat structure – and that has sadly come at the expense of In the Valley of the Gods – and lots of them have been working on Half-Life: Alyx.

A prequel, set between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2, while Gordon Freeman is taking a big nap, Half-Life: Alyx focuses on – you guessed it – Alyx Vance. There’s nary a Freeman in sight, as far as we know. But don’t worry. Much like the Uncharted series without Nathan Drake, we think Half-Life will be just fine without the silent scientist. Alyx is such a brilliant character in her own right, it’s exciting to step into her shoes.

Quite literally, as it goes: Half-Life: Alyx is only available in virtual reality. (Here’s the system requirements and list of compatible headsets, for reference.)

Games developed by Valve – if they’re even in development at all – are often subject to what people call “Valve time”. It’s an industry in-joke for being released far later than originally indicated. (Yes, lots of games are delayed these days, but Valve really set the gold standard in delays for a time.)

Advertisement

But with Half-Life: Alyx, the game was almost finished by the time it was announced. That’s a really smart way to avoid delays and hopefully, avoid extended periods of crunch, if anybody else in the industry is listening.

The good news is, Half-Life: Alyx is nearly upon us. It will release on March 23, 2020. That’s less than six months from announcement to release. Well played, everyone. We can’t wait.


You should follow Thumbsticks on FacebookGoogle NewsTwitter, and Flipboard for regular video game news updates.

Enjoyed this article?

We hope you found it useful, or informative, or thought provoking, or maybe even a little entertaining. Perhaps it was a guide that helped you through a tight spot, or we even saved you some money? Lovely stuff! If you'd like to say "thanks" you could always buy the team a cup of coffee.

Recommended for you

Tom is an itinerant freelance technology writer who found a home as an Editor with Thumbsticks. Powered by coffee, RPGs, and local co-op.

Advertisement

Latest from Thumbsticks

News10 hours ago

You can now design custom Xbox Series X|S controllers

Let your imagination run wild – the Xbox Design Lab has re-opened, and you can now design custom Xbox Series...

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Isabelle Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Isabelle
News19 hours ago

Nintendo’s Doug Bowser clarifies the future of Animal Crossing after E3 absence

Fans hoping for an update on Animal Crossing: New Horizons at E3 came away disappointed. Worry not, says Doug Bowser.

Bethesda Starfield Bethesda Starfield
News1 day ago

Bethesda’s Pete Hines ‘sorry’ for frustration that Starfield won’t come to PlayStation 5

In an interview, Bethesda's senior vice president of marketing, Pete Hines, spoke to PlayStation fans, apologising for the frustration that...

Metro Exodus Metro Exodus
News1 day ago

Metro Exodus Xbox Series X|S and PS5 upgrade detailed

With Metro Exodus about to launch on Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5, developer 4A Games has outlined some of...

Coming exclusively to Xbox E3 2021 Coming exclusively to Xbox E3 2021
Features2 days ago

Something was conspicuously absent from the Xbox E3 2021 conference

Master Chief? Present. Forza? Here. Sea of Thieves? Yarr! Bethesda exclusives? You bet. So why did it feel like something...

Control - Xbox Control - Xbox
News2 days ago

Time is running out to get Control for free on PC

Control, Remedy’s dark, strange third-person shooter, is free on the Epic Games Store.

The Medium - Xbox Series X / PlayStation 5 The Medium - Xbox Series X / PlayStation 5
News2 days ago

Xbox Series X exclusive confirmed for PS5 release

The Xbox Series X|S is losing a high-profile exclusive to Sony’s PlayStation 5 console this September.

Rockstar shuttering GTA Online servers Rockstar shuttering GTA Online servers
News2 days ago

Rockstar shuttering legacy online servers for GTA Online, other titles

Rockstar is bringing an end to online services for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of GTA V, Max...

Advertisement