Valve has said that they will determine what the next game to be developers will be based on how Half-Life: Alyx is received. Currently a lot is up in the air, waiting on feedback and sales numbers.
Speaking to PC Gamer, level designer Dario Casali said that Valve hasn’t decided whether Half-Life should continue in VR or return to the traditional format. “At this point, we don’t really know what [another Half-Life game] would be—we don’t know if it’s going to be another VR title. We don’t know if it’s going to be a non VR title.”
“The best thing we can do at this point is to gauge the response to this product. How are people able to enjoy it? How many people can we get into the VR platform? [Are] people saying that VR is now this essential part of Half-Life? We really don’t know those answers until we put the game out and we start listening.”
According to PlayTracker, Half-Life: Alyx has been bought by 300,000 ahead of launch, a number they expect to climb up to the point that it beats other 2020 Steam releases.
It will be interesting to see how well the game does in sales, considering the high bar for entry.