When Half-Life: Alyx was announced it felt like the game got a very unenthusiastic applause. On the one hand, holy Gordon Freeman, Valve is back to making games and they seem to be doing something really ambitious, but on the other hand, it’s only going to be available on PCVR which a very small number of people are privileged enough to have. There’s a lot of conflicting emotions there, but I’m sure it’s going to be an extremely innovative VR experience when it comes out later this month.
However, Half-Life: Alyx isn’t the last we’re going to be seeing of Valve. Speaking with Game Informer, Valve programmer Robin Walker expressed that they “absolutely see Half-Life: Alyx as our return to this world, not the end of it,” and continued by saying “Half-Life means a lot to us, and it’s been incredibly rewarding to refamiliarize ourselves with its characters, setting and mechanics.”
They also recommended that before starting Half-Life: Alyx that you should refresh yourself on the events of Half-Life 2: Episode 2 before jumping in. I don’t want to jinx something, but it sounds to me that they might be gearing up to perhaps put an end to gaming’s longest-running joke. Maybe a Half-Life 3 is finally on the horizon now since they now confirmed that this won’t be the end of the series. It’s a little foolhardy to get excited about that now, but oh can we dream.