Valve announces Half-Life: Alyx release date

Ruben Fields
March 26, 2020

Valve has finally announced the Half-Life: Alyx release date.

When is Alyx coming out?

Half-Life: Alyx, the upcoming Half-Life VR game from Valve Software, now has a definitive release date.

It is compatible with Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and lastly Windows Mixed Reality.

Prior to that release date, players who haven't played any games in the Half-Life series can experience all of them for free.

The game is set somewhere between Half-Life and Half-Life 2, so it's not a continuation from the cliffhanger ending to Half-Life 2: Episode 2. Also the owners of this headset will get the project for free.

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Now you don't actually need a Valve Index to play Half-Life: Alyx. In the meantime, it appears that fans will already have the benefit pre-order bonuses to look forward to, with various environments based on Half-Life: Alyx becoming available in the sandbox title Steam VR Home. Unavailable. Oculus's standalone Quest headset, which you can hook up to a PC with its $80 Link cable? The game will work on the Valve Index.

- Special Half-Life: Alyx-themed content for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2. If you don't know what Half-Life: Alyx is, I want to first welcome you out of the cryochamber you must've been held captive in, because it seems like all anyone has been talking about in the VR scene the last few months, even overshadowing Boneworks.

Considering the last game in the franchise was Half-Life 2: Episode 2 back in October 2007, having Half-Life: Alyx so close to release feels nearly too good to be true.

"Lean around a broken wall and under a barnacle to make an impossible shot". Rummage through shelves to find a healing syringe and some shotgun shells. Toss a bottle through a window to distract an enemy. That's just three days after the release of big hits like Doom Eternal and Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Set between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2, the game sees protagonist Alyx Vance and her father Eli secretly mount a resistance to the occupation of Earth by a mysterious alien race known as The Combine.

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