Finally we are getting a new HALF LIFE….!!!!!!!
So after a veryyy long time we are finally getting a new HALF-LIFE. Well its nkt exactly HALF-LIFE 3 but still it is pretty exciting. There is everything you need to know about it including release date, which character will return and everything else.
RELEASE DATE IS MARCH 2020
NEW HALF-LIFE will release in march 2020 although release date has not been announced. Game will be $60 but it will be free for anyone who owns VALVE’S VR SET.
Remarkably, this is the biggest group of people Valve has ever had working on the development of a single game. It’s been in development for a long time, according to #Gunpoint creator
“ #Half -Life: Alyx is the largest game team we’ve had yet,” Valve designer Greg Coomer tells us. “About a third of the people on the project have worked on previous #Half -Life games, some all the way back to the first Half-Life.” #Coomer adds that new employees, including those from recently acquired #Firewatch developer Campo Santo, have “played an important part in bringing fresh perspectives, which has always been a crucial part of our #process .”
“We didn’t set out to make a #Half -Life game,” Robin Walker, programmer on Half-Life: Alyx told #IGN . #Valve began experimenting with VR using assets from Half-Life and Portal, though the movement and momentum of the latter wasn’t suitable for VR. Half-Life was.
Initially it was only a brief #Half -Life VR experience, but that #changed in large part to the reactions of playtesters. “As we started to put people through this 15-minute prototype,” Walker told Geoff Keighley, “they would spend 45 minutes in it doing a bunch of #stuff that we’d never really… they exhibited a bunch of behaviors we’d never really seen players exhibit in the sort of #flatscreen 2D, desktop environment.”
So we know that #FIREWATCH creators were also #involved and most of the people from previous halflife games were also involved i think it is a great start for bringing halflife back. Our beloved series is coming back and that too in VR. 2020 is gonna be amazing.
IT IS AS LONG AS HALF LIFE 2:
#Valve promises that Half-Life: Alyx will feature “all the #hallmarks of classic Half-Life” including “world exploration, puzzle solving, visceral combat, and an #intricately woven story that connects it all with the characters iconic to the Half-Life universe.” The #story is set between the events of #Half -Life and #Half -Life 2 and sees Alyx and her father Eli secretly mounting a #resistance to the brutal occupation of Earth by the Combine, mysterious invading aliens. “As #Alyx , players take the fight to the Combine to save the future of #humanity .”
So welcome (back) to City 17. One screenshot shows the Combine stronghold, the Citadel, under construction, with hunter-choppers carrying large metal panels toward it. Another screenshot shows what look like proto-Combine Metrocops pointing their guns at #Alyx while a city scanner, one of the #photo -taking robots from Half-Life 2, hovers behind them. We also see #Combine barricades #blocking off streets in the city.
FOR THE FIRST TIME OUR FAVOURITE CHARACTERS SPEAKS:
Half-Life hero #Gordon #Freeman , of course, never utters a word. But Alyx will have plenty to say when you play as her in Half-Life: Alyx. “Early on we decided it was important that playing as Alyx felt different to playing as Gordon Freeman,” says Coomer. “Alyx being an active participant in conversations made it much, much easier to incorporate narrative into the game in natural ways, and as a result there’s a higher density of storytelling over the course of the game.” It is also confirmed that game will take around 20 hours to complete.
Maybe it’s not a surprise it’s hard to imagine a Half-Life game without the mysterious #G -Man, who even appeared in the mostly #Gordon Freeman-less Half-Life: Opposing Force and Blue Shift. But it’s great to have it confirmed, and once again G-Man will be voiced by Mike Shapiro.
We’ll also see the return of the alien Vortigaunts, once again voiced by Tony Todd. Ellen McClain (the voice of GLaDOS in the Portal series) is returning as the sinister synthesized voice of the Combine Overwatch.
Alyx’s father, Eli Vance, will make an appearance, although he’s been recast after the #sad #death of his original voice, Robert Guillaume, in 2017. “The new voice of Eli, James Moses Black, has big shoes to fill,” says Coomer. “But we’re all excited about his #performance and can’t wait for players to hear it.” #Black has appeared in This is Us and 24: Legacy, among many other film and television roles. It feels good that G-man returns with other beloved characters.
MARC LAIDLAW RETURNS(SORT OF):
Original Half-Life writer #Marc Laidlaw left Valve in 2016 after 18 years with the #company , so he won’t be taking the lead on Half-Life: Alyx. “As with all #Valve games, the writing is a #collaboration between the writers and all the #animators , #actors , and the #level designers who implement the narrative within the game itself,” says Coomer. “While Marc hasn’t worked on Half-Life: Alyx directly (he’s probably lying on a beach somewhere), he’s been #generous with his time answering all the writers’ #questions throughout the game’s development.”
There will be headcrabs
The idea of a #headcrab lunging at you in virtual reality sounds horrifying, so of course they will feature in Half-Life: Alyx. “Little known fact, it’s actually #illegal to make a Half-Life game without headcrabs,” says Coomer. “Also, the only reason we invested years of time, money, and effort into VR was so we could make a headcrab leap at #people ’s faces.”
Gabe Newell is excited:
“Virtual reality has energized us,” the #Valve #founder says. “We’ve #invested a lot of ourselves in the technology. But we’re also game developers at heart, and to be devoting #ourselves to a VR game this ambitious is just as #exciting . For that to come in the form of Half-Life feels like the #culmination of a lot of things we care a lot about: truly great games, #cutting edge technology, and open platforms.” It’s #odd hearing Gabe Newell #talking openly and candidly about a new #Half -Life game.
IT CAN BE PLAYED ON ANY PC BASED VR:
Half-Life: Alyx is undoubtedly optimized for the Valve Index and its knuckle controllers, but Valve isn’t limiting the hardware you can play it on. It’ll be compatible with the HTC Vive, Windows Mixed Reality, Oculus Rift, and Oculus Quest if you have the PC link cable.
It’ll also support room scale, standing, or sitting play, and includes three movement options: teleportation, “shift” (which means you “smoothly zoom” between points), and regular analog stick walking and running.
Owners of any part of the Valve Index kit, including just the controllers, will get Half-Life: Alyx free. Those who own any Index hardware before the end of 2019 will get a few bonuses, including “alternate gun skins to embellish Alyx’s arsenal.”
It’ll be Steam Workshop compatible, too, according to the official site. “A set of Source 2 tools for building new levels will be available for the game, enabling any player to build and contribute new environments for the community to enjoy. Hammer, Valve’s level authoring tool, has been updated with all of the game’s virtual reality gameplay tools and components.”
For anyone wondering if there will ever be a non-VR version of Half-Life: Alyx, it looks like the answer is no. “The complexity going on there it’s so hard to… we would have to map an entire section of the keyboard dedicated to just #interacting with doors if we wanted to have that kind of functionality,” Valve’s Dario Casali told Geoff Keighley. “The more we explored those #mechanics the more we realized that In order for us to deliver a keyboard and mouse experience we’d have to ship a game that’s missing a lot of those interactions, and they were playtesting so well that we didn’t feel like that was a #good idea.”
PROBABLY WE WILL SEE MORE OF HALF-LIFE:
We’ve established that, as a #prequel , Half-Life: Alyx isn’t actually Half-Life 3. However, #that doesn’t mean that the game whose name is essentially a gaming prayer is off the table.
The Verge asked #designer David Speyrer if this was a full return to Half-Life and if we could expect more games in the series now that Valve has finally brought it out of stasis. “It’s probably no #Surprise that many people at Valve have been wanting to get back to the Half-Life universe for a long time,” Speyrer said, “and this experience has only reinforced that.” He elaborates, explaining that Valve has explored new ways to tell stories in the Half-Life world and new gameplay experiences it can create for players.
“Of course, we’ll have to wait and see how people react to Half-Life: Alyx once it’s out, but we’d love to continue pushing forward,” Speyrer said.
It feels so good to hear that our beloved video franchise is returning and moreover we have got a team of amazing people who worked on it. This VR experience will surely amaze us and probable we will get HALF-LIFE 3 AS WELL.