Valve finally announces a new Half-Life instalment, and it’s a prequel entirely in VR

Be still my thumping heart — 12 years since we last navigated the grim post-apocalyptic world as hero-scientist Gordon Freeman, there will soon be a new Half-Life game. 

Somebody hold me, I feel faint. 

Granted, Valve’s new entry in the Half-Life universe is not Half-Life 3, probably the most anticipated video game in the universe. Instead, Half-Life: Alyx will be a prequel of sorts set during the period between the first and second games. 

Depending on your feelings towards virtual reality, you may either hate or love the fact that the game will be entirely VR-exclusive, and will only run on any SteamVR compatible system. So even if you don’t have Valve’s own Valve Index headset, you can run the game on the Oculus Rift, the HTC Vive, and the various headsets in the Windows Mixed Reality ecosystem. 

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