Half-Life: Alyx Devs Confirm the ‘Game Is Done’

According to its developers, Valve’s much-anticipated VR spin-off, Half-Life: Alyx is being polished and bug fixed, and is playable in its entirety – and they really don’t think it’ll be delayed, no matter what you’ve heard about the dreaded ‘Valve Time’.Speaking in a Reddit AMA, an official account wrote:

“With the exception of some tweaks to the absolute final scene, the game is done. Lots of us at Valve, as well as playtesters, have played through the entire game multiple times.

“Right now we’re primarily polishing and fixing bugs, which is where we’d hope to be at this point in the development cycle. We’re confident we’ll hit our intended release. (We let the Valve Time happen before we announced the game.)”

Half-Life: Alyx First Screenshots (4K)

One user went on to ask if gameplay videos would be released before HL:A’s March 2020 launch, to which the team replied:

“Yes, it’s our plan to release gameplay videos in the leadup to launch. Our intention is to use these to showcase not just gameplay elements, but also VR-specific elements like different movement options.”We don’t know a great deal about the game beyiond what was shown in the reveal trailer (above). However, we do know that it will be single-player only, that it takes place between Half-Life 1 and 2, and that it’s about the length of Half-Life 2.

That’s been enough to sell a lot of people on the game anyway – Valve’s Index VR headset is sold out in every region it’s sold in, bar one. You can get up to speed with the story pretty easily right now, as the entire Half-Life Collection is currently free.

Joe Skrebels is IGN’s UK Deputy Editor, and the original Valve logo still haunts him a bit. Follow him on Twitter.

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