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Half-Life: Alyx is set to release in March this year, and while we don't yet know what exactly is happening with Linux support it's still an exciting time. It's a VR exclusive game, so you need VR hardware.

As a quick reminder, Half-Life: Alyx is set between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2 as you follow Alyx Vance, as one of the founders of a fledgling resistance trying to push back against a vicious alien race known as the Combine.

Ahead of the release the voice actor for the mysterious G-Man, Mike Shapiro, posted a rather cryptic and slightly chilling video on Twitter (source):

In case you have issues watching, he says:

Should old acquaintances be forgot, well, after so much…time some things can prove difficult to remember. See you in the new year, and do prepare for consequences hm? Mhm.

Are you excited for Half-Life: Alyx, has it already convinced you to buy some VR hardware? Certainly the most compelling reason yet for me.

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NeoTheFox 2 January 2020 at 11:33 am UTC
Not unforeseen this time huh?
WorMzy 2 January 2020 at 11:41 am UTC
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I was excited for Alyx, until it was confirmed that it is a VR exclusive. Hopefully poor sales will prompt them to revise that decision and release a more accessible version of the game.


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damarrin 2 January 2020 at 12:08 pm UTC
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I already have the Valve Index but I wasn't really sure why until Alyx was revealed.
Beamboom 6 years 2 January 2020 at 12:23 pm UTC
I'll order Index as soon as it's available on the Swedish Steam store again.


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sub 2 January 2020 at 12:32 pm UTC
BeamboomI'll order Index as soon as it's available on the Swedish Stream store again.

What's completely beyond me is that you can only subscribe for a notification when it's available again.
Why isn't possible to just order it even if it's currently out of stock?
Swiftpaw 2 January 2020 at 1:39 pm UTC
Lol

QuoteHeadsets:
Valve Index
HTC Vive
Oculus Rift
Windows Mixed Reality

Absolutely ridiculous. Until this section says, "All headsets that support the OpenXR VR standard", VR is extra super dead to me, not just regular "too expensive" dead.
danniello 2 January 2020 at 1:39 pm UTC
WorMzyI was excited for Alyx, until it was confirmed that it is a VR exclusive. Hopefully poor sales will prompt them to revise that decision and release a more accessible version of the game.

Your statement is quite odd...

Porting Half-Life: Alyx to "standard" FPS shooter means - remove all special features like reloading guns, aiming, hiding, etc. It is THE CLUE of this game and it will be highly integrated with game puzzles... If you remove VR features - you will need also remove all puzzles that require it (so probably most part of the game!). There will be not much to be excited about what will remain - just another very narrow corridor FPS game like hundreds before...

Look at BONEWORKS gameplays. Without VR features - it would be very boring game (in very boring environment without much sense...).
Comandante Ñoñardo 2 January 2020 at 1:57 pm UTC
QuoteShould old acquaintances be forgot, well, after so much…time some things can prove difficult to remember.
Maybe this mean a reboot in the saga... Or a proper re-make..
Beamboom 6 years 2 January 2020 at 2:32 pm UTC
subWhat's completely beyond me is that you can only subscribe for a notification when it's available again.
Why isn't possible to just order it even if it's currently out of stock?

What worries me is that it may indicate that it'll take some time before it's back in stock?
NeoTheFox 2 January 2020 at 2:36 pm UTC
WorMzyI was excited for Alyx, until it was confirmed that it is a VR exclusive. Hopefully poor sales will prompt them to revise that decision and release a more accessible version of the game.

It's not fair to call this game an "exclusive". It was simply made for VR, you just can't get the same level of control without it. Unless you want to somehow emulate 18 degrees of freedom on some other device, making the most sophisticated QWOP ever. The game design is just not going to be compatible with a flatscreen, nor you would have a good time trying to emulate VR on it - you are free to try however, since OpenVR emulators are easily downloadable.
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