‘Half-Life’ returns with ‘Alyx’, a new virtual reality game in which users can develop new content.
Shortly after Valve announced that it would shortly present a new game from its legendary ‘Half-Life’ franchise, but for virtual reality devices, details of its features and development began to leak. Ars Technicha said that It was a prequel located between ‘Half-Life’ and ‘Half-Life 2’ and that, obviously, we would give life to Alyx Vance, Gordon Freeman’s battle partner in the second game of the series.
The leak also confirmed that the gloves worn by the protagonist and that the player could handle in the first person have anti-gravity characteristics, like the revolutionary gun from ‘Half-Life 2’, which would also inspire mechanics of the best puzzle of all time, ‘Portal’ and its sequel. All this in motion thanks to Source 2, the evolution of which made work not only the games of the ‘Half-Life’ franchise, but also ‘Counter Strike’. Alyx is Valve’s first major video game to move with Source 2, although there were others that were previously ported to it, such as ‘Dota 2’, ‘Artifact’ and ‘Dota Underlords’.
‘Alyx’ is intended to demonstrate the ability to Valve Index, the virtual reality device that the company launched in June of this year. And although ‘Alyx’ will be free with the purchase of Index and is specially designed to be played with it, the adventure will work with many of the VR devices on the market: the game’s website also mentions HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality and Oculus Quest with computer and Link cable.
Especially interesting, and related to the Source 2 engine, is that together with ‘Alyx’, Valve will release a series of tools to build new environments. This is how the company told it: “ they will allow any player to build and contribute new environments for the community to enjoy. Hammer, Valve’s level creation tool, has been updated with all the VR gameplay tools and components in the game. “
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 has been updated with all of the game’s VR gameplay tools and components. 🔨 pic.twitter.com/xbn7Ws8hfH
– Steam Database (@SteamDB) November 21, 2019
A long history
The game places us between the two milestones of the series, ‘Half-Life’ and ‘Half Life 2’. In the first, An alien race, the Alliance, entered our dimension after an accident at Black Mesa Labs.. The second, set years later, showed us a resistance of humans fighting the aliens and other terrestrials who had allied with them. In both cases, the silent Gordon Freeman was the protagonist.
But this time Alyx and her father Eli are the protagonists, precisely in those first steps of the terrestrial resistance. The inhabitants of City 17, in the shadow of an Alliance stronghold known as The Citadel, and commanded by Eli and Alyx, confront the aliens and their allies. Scientific experts both, They will use their knowledge to manipulate spaces and environments and fight their way into a battle against invaders.