Valve will release Half-Life: Alyx on Monday, 23rd March - PC

Not many would have expected the VR-exclusive Half-Life: Alyx, but it is shaping up to be a potential big hit.

Playing as Alyx Vance, you are humanity's only chance for survival. "We will have more information on upcoming Valve Index availability soon". Among them are some of Earth's greatest scientists: you and your father, Dr. Eli Vance. Who knows, maybe we'll finally see Half-Life 2: Episode 3 at some point. While not too much has been revealed yet, Valve has dropped several interesting tidbits over the last few weeks, including the confirmed involvement of the game's original writer, the reveal of ominous messages from the mysterious G-Man, and the teased possibility of more Half-Life games sometime down the line.

Unfortunately, the Valve Index is now sold out in all forms. The game takes place between Half-Life and Half-Life 2, and probably the developers will shed light on some questions. From this day Valve will start to give bonuses for pre-order buyers to Valve Index. Players will lean to aim around a broken wall and under a Barnacle to make an impossible shot.

So desired is a new Half-Life game, and so highly anticipated is Valve's return to AAA game development, that Valve Index headset quickly became back-ordered after the game's announcement as the company struggled to keep up with demand. Players will also rummage through shelves to find a healing syringe and some shotgun shells.

Reactions to the game so far have been mostly positive-mixed-with-skepticism, and the game represents one of the first major franchises from Valve to get VR treatment, so expectations are high.

All the game's VR tools and components on the Source 2 engine will be available on the Steam Workshop and Valve's level authoring tool, Hammer, allowing creative members of the community to design and share levels with everyone else.

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