Showing posts with label Half-Life. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Half-Life. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Valve Index VR Sold Out After Alyx Reveal

Following announcement of Half-Life: Alyx, most packages of Valve Index VR headset are sold out in some regions.

After much long waiting, players eventually got confirmation of a new Half-Life release recently that turns out to be prequel game titled Half-Life: Alyx, a flagship VR game by publisher Valve Corporation set for launch next year.

Though it is not the most-anticipated Half-Life 3, fans are still excited to get back to City 17 and following official reveal of Alyx, a spike in sales of Valve Index VR headsets have led to stock shortages in stores of some regions.

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Valve Index VR Sold Out After Alyx Reveal

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According to report from Road to VR, Valve Index VR Headsets have suddenly seen increased number of sales throughout North America after Half-Life: Alyx was announced lately on 21st anniversary celebration of HL series.

In many store in Canada and U.S. different packages of Index virtual reality device is now listed as out of stock. It is highly likely that die-hard fans from select regions have rushed to stores in advance while units are still available in other countries.

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Aside from Valve Index headsets, upcoming Half-Life prequel game will be work with HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest and Windows Mixed Reality. Index owners however, will receive a free copy of the game with some exclusive content.

In general, any VR device that runs compatibly with PC is good enough as Valve didn't place any platform exclusivity for players but having extra content on Index as bonus makes it a better choice for loyal fans and new customers.

RELATED: Half-Life: Alyx Revealed

In terms of both mainline or spin-off titles, Half-Life 2: Episode Two is the most recent entry in series that came out in 2007 and after a long hiatus, Valve is making a comeback in 2020 with a VR prequel that took place between events of first two games.

Despite interest from many developers, a mainstream release was needed to promote and sell concept of virtual reality to mass audience for years and Half-Life: Alyx might really be that one game that can actually make that happen.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Half-Life: Alyx Revealed

Valve reveals first official trailer of Half-Life: Alyx, a flagship VR-exclusive title set to release on 2020.

Although players are not getting their hands on much-anticipated Half-Life 3 anytime soon, Valve Corporation has recently promised to come up with a title set within known universe, which is a prequel to Half-Life 2.

Earlier, Valve announced to reveal their upcoming flagship VR game titled Half-Life: Alyx on 21st anniversary of their beloved franchise, which takes place between two of its mainline releases and scheduled to come out in March 2020.

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Half-Life: Alyx Revealed

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Today, a brand-new official trailer for Half-Life: Alyx is finally released that is sure to blow everyone away.




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A returning character and series favorite Alyx Vance will be starring in this VR-exclusive Half-Life prequel game in lead role. Alyx has debuted back in HL2 as a major NPC and came to be a close ally to series protagonist Dr. Gordon Freeman.

It has not been long since Seven-Hour War ended and people are living under their rule from a flying fortress known as Citadel. A revolution among neighborhood is sparked and they are trying to fend off invading force every day.

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Throughout entire trailer, Alyx Vance is seen fending herself off from hostile creatures or being hunted down by tactically equipped Overwatch Soldiers. Under their nose, she and her cohorts are trying to steal some sort of game-changing weapon.

Together with her father and scientist Dr. Eli Vance, she is fighting for human resistance against an alien race called the Combine. Moving to City 17 of occupied Earth, they are working on finding out weakness of the enemy.

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Gravity Gloves Interface

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She apparently has similar functionality of Gravity Gun in her gloves now, which she uses to interact with her surroundings and grab objects. Among many of returning enemies and extraterrestrials, Headcrabs are back again.

Nearing the end of trailer, mysterious G-Man makes his iconic return for a cameo and probably has an answer to where Gordon Freeman is kept. Or probably, he is here to act as an overseer and lead Alyx to save her captive father.

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On launch, Half-Life prequel will run compatibly with HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest, Windows Mixed Reality and Valve Index headsets. Owners of latter virtual reality device will receive free copy of the game and extra content.

Any VR set hooked to a computer is good enough to work with Steam VR and player experience will vary because of them. A full-length game is built from ground up to let players enjoy full range of an interactive gameplay system.

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Valve Index Bonus Content

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Not only Valve is returning into game development, fans can now have hopes to get Half-Life 3 in near future as well. Maybe fans didn't exactly have what they wanted but this will at least help the series revive itself after long time.

What has shown so far in a brief trailer, Half-Life: Alyx looks unlike any title available in VR and boasts an absolutely amazing graphics. We can now hope more than ever for things to lead to an eventual return of Gordon Freeman.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Half-Life: Alyx for VR Announced

Valve officially announces upcoming Half-Life prequel VR title Half-Life: Alyx and will reveal more soon.

Nearing end of last year, there was a rumor for Valve Corporation to be working on a brand-new VR headset that will come out with a Half-Life prequel game, after a series images of that prototype device were leaked online.

In a latest announcement, Valve officially confirmed today of returning to acclaimed Half-Life series once again with a prequel episode titled Half-Life: Alyx, a flagship game for their yet to be revealed upcoming virtual reality device.

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Half-Life: Alyx for VR Announced

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This imminent VR-exclusive Half-Life prequel game will be focused on Alyx Vance, a renowned series NPC who made her debut in Half-Life 2 as a human resistance fighter and close ally to protagonist character Dr. Gordon Freeman.

Alyx also appeared in two add-on episodes; Half-Life 2: Episode One and Half-Life 2: Episode Two. She was last seen mourning for her father Dr. Eli Vance by the end of Episode Two and is likely to continue from there on in prequel.

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Valve has posted a teaser image for their next virtual reality project on Twitter, waiting to be revealed soon.


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Although there are no available details on any gameplay or a possible release date, it is speculated to come out in 2020 according to a recently leaked interview of Valve members by The Game Awards host Geoff Keighley.

Half-Life: Alyx will get a full reveal on Thursday, which marks 21st anniversary celebration of original Half-Life that saw launch on PC platform on November 19, 1998 and spawned a series of successful fan-favorite sequels.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Valve Rumored to Develop VR Headset for Half-Life Prequel

According to a series of leaked image, Valve is developing new VR headset for what seems like a Half-Life prequel game.

Before getting into business of running Steam, digital distribution platform for video games, Valve Corporation was responsible for Half-Life and Left 4 Dead series of games, none of which got a third installment in nearly a decade.

According to leaked images from online image sharing community site Imgur, Valve is currently working on and soon will unveil their very own VR headset that is completely separate from HTC Vive gear they are supporting right now.

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Valve Rumored to Develop VR Headset for Half-Life Prequel

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These leaked images found by UploadVR suggest that the Valve device is still in prototype stage but they are trying to make it equivalent to the HTC display of virtual reality technology that will offer a 135 degree field of view when finished.

They appear to have two cameras and integrated headphones included in it with possibility of adding new "Knuckles" motion controllers. The same source also hinted that this gadget could come out bundled with a brand-new Half-Life game from the company.

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VR "Knuckles" Hand Controller

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Apparently, this rumored project is not the long-awaited Half-Life 3 but a prequel game that would feature the return of Dr. Gordon Freeman to fight aliens once again in a fictional immersive world that Valve originally built.

Although they came up with two more episodes for Half-Life 2, a third game is still stuck at planning stage as it seems. So, we suggest you take any mystery news of a prequel or a brand-new sequel with grain of salt.

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Valve VR Headset Lenses

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Back in March 2018, President Gabe Newell of Valve have announced they are returning back to development and start shipping games again but are not indicating at upcoming digital collectible card game Artifact by that.

For years, there were rumors flying on live-action movies being pitched for Half-Life and Portal franchise too. With their newly developed VR compatible software and hardware, Valve may come back to dominate video game market once again.

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VR Headset With Valve Logo (Up Left)

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This is not the first time fans of acclaimed FPS series hearing of a potential Half-Life game, VR or not. Back in 2016, players found phrase "HLVR" in Dota 2 by digging deep inside code and Steam VR app also had a mention of it.

We even heard about multiple projects on the fan-favorite franchise being pitched or maybe developed but never saw a single one coming after Half-Life 2: Episode 2 in 2007, yet everyone is hoping that these rumors turn true this time.