Valve’s New Half-Life: Alyx Trailer Makes Us Wonder Which Timeline We’re In

What a year what a YEAR

2019 has been a helluva year for gaming. With Kingdom Hearts 3 releasing after a 12 year wait to Shenmue 3 dropping after nearly 2 decades, it seemed Christmas was celebrated year round by gamers and that nothing could be better.

And then Half-Life: Alyx happened.

The trailer, which released on November 21, 2019, showcases the newest edition to the Half-Life franchise (omg that’s a sentence I’m typing), a VR game played through the eyes of Alyx Vance, an NPC and close friend of main character Gordon Freeman from Half-Life 2.

According to IGN, Half-Life: Alyx “takes place between Half-Life and Half-Life 2 and will be playable on SteamVR compatible hardware: Valve Index, Vive, Oculus, and Windows MR (Mixed Reality).”

Gamers who have purchased the Valve Index will receive a copy of Half-Life: Alyx for free; everyone else can preorder their copy of the game for a 10% off discount.

Those interested in preparing for a conclusion to the most infamous cliffhanger in video game history should take note of Valve programmer David Speyrer’s words:

 “While it does take place before the events of Half-Life 2, we actually recommend that you play through Half-Life 2: Episode 2 before you play Half-Life: Alyx, for reasons that will become clear as you progress.”

Players can purchase the Half-Life Complete bundle on Steam, currently 40% off at the time of this publication.

Half-Life: Alyx has an anticipated release date of March 2020.

Heather Johnson Yu
Born at a very young age; self-made thousandaire. Recommended by 4 out of 5 people that recommend things. Covered in cat hair. Probably the best sleeper in the world. Still haven't completed the civil war quest in Skyrim but I'm kind of okay with that. Too rad to be sad.

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