Half-Life: Alyx finally has a release date

Half-Life: Alyx

Half-Life: Alyx, the newest entry in Valve’s legendary Half-Life series, has set its release date.

The first new Half-Life game in 13 years will launch on March 23, 2020.

Valve revealed the release date via their official Twitter overnight, along with preorder bonuses for anyone who has purchased a Valve Index. The Index is Valve’s own virtual reality hardware.

Half-Life: Alyx caused a stir on its announcement; it’s a VR-only title. It is a prequel to Half-Life 2 that follows fan favourite character Alyx Vance. In it, Alyx works with her father Eli to build a resistance against the Combine.

“Everyone at Valve is excited to be returning to the world of Half-Life,” said Valve founder Gabe Newell. “VR has energized us. We’ve invested a lot of ourselves in the technology. But we’re also game developers at heart, and to be devoting ourselves to a VR game this ambitious is just as exciting.”

Half-Life: Alyx runs on the Source 2 engine. It will support mods, and is currently listed on Steam for AUD $84.95. The game will be available on all PC-based VR headsets, so don’t worry if you have a Vive or an Oculus and aren’t sure if it will run — it will.

Additionally, to celebrate this milestone release, Valve have made every previous Half-Life game available for free on Steam until April 1, 2020. If you have holes in your HL collection, patch them up now.

Check out our Australian video game release dates page for more upcoming titles.

David Smith

David Smith is the former games and technology editor at The AU Review. He has previously written for PC World Australia. You can find him on Twitter at @RhunWords.