Not only is Valve Software confirming Half-Life: Alyx's existence, but it will be unveiled this week and not at The Game Awards as previously suggested.
While it's a bit curious to drop news like this as the first tweet from a brand new account, Valve's long-established official Steam twitter account retweeted it - so signs are pointing toward it being legit. Valve said in the announcement that it considers the title its "flagship VR game" and that it would reveal more information on November 21. Titled Half-Life: Alyx, it looks to have ties with the earlier games, but will present a new level of VR interaction not seen before with the series.
Alyx was very well received at the time, and is still held up as an exemplar of non-playable companions in video games. It's like, are they forcing me to buy VR to have the next "Half-Life" experience? This combined with a relative lack of games has made VR a poor investment for many gamers, which could make the new Half-Life inaccessible to them. That is, if a leaked transcript of an unpublished interview citing a new virtual reality game called Half-Life: Alyx turns out to be true.
A source has claimed that this title is the next installment in the Half-Life series. Valve plans on releasing more details on Thursday at 10am PST.
Either way, we'll know for sure if a Half-Life game is announced at this year's Game Awards when the show premieres on December 12 at 5:30 pm PT/8:30 pm ET/1:30 am GMT.
For those of you holding out for a normal version playable with a keyboard and mouse, you're out of luck. Or is it, oh now we're makin' VR games, that's what we do? Don't forget the reception the company received when it announced its new DOTA game, only for it to be the mobile-based card game Artifact.
That's all we know-and it's also enough to get people excited. However, with the announcement reportedly set for Wednesday, November 20, we should hear much more about Half-Life: Alyx sooner rather than later.
Former Valve writer Marc Laidlaw created a possible fanfic of Half-Life with barely changed names and plot, including the name Alex Vaunt being substituted for Alyx Vance.
Valve's tweet describes also Half-Life: Alyx as the company's "flagship VR game", meaning you'll probably need a virtual headset to play it.