An “anonymous Valve source” has leaked several screenshots of Half-Life: Alyx. This screenshots reveal new enemies, the Combine along with of City 17.
“These are not screenshots that were cherrypicked directly by Valve to best illustrate the game,” explained VNN. “These are screenshots taken by a person who has access to the game at random.”
Half-Life: Alyx is Valve’s “flagship” VR game, the game is being developed with Source 2 engine. Players will use VR to interact with the environment and fight enemies, similar to the ‘Gravity Gun’ from Half-Life 2 players will count with ‘Gravity Gloves’ as way to interact and manipulate objects. Half-Life: Alyx will feature plenty of puzzles, and physics-based combat.
Valve has made it clear, that even if the gameplay is different from previous games, Half-Life: Alyx is not a spin-off, is the “next part” in the story. Half-Life: Alyx follows the story of Alyx Vance and her father Eli, who creates a resistance to the occupation of Earth by The Combine.
Half-Life: Alyx will supports all PC-compatible VR headsets, including the Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest and Windows Mixed Reality. The gameplay is designed around VR, being this the case a non-VR version is impossible. Half-Life: Alyx will also support user mods via the Steam Workshop.
As VideoGameChronicle reports, Valve has stated that Half-Life: Alyx was “designed from the ground up” for Virtual Reality and “features all of the hallmarks of a classic Half-Life game,” including “world exploration, puzzle solving, visceral combat, and an intricately woven story that connects it all with the characters iconic to the Half-Life universe.”
The game’s announcement trailer received mixed opinions, but it was watched over 10 million times within the first 24 hours of its release. Some fans expressed excitement, others were disappointed that the game is only available in VR.