Earlier this week, a hearsay hit the web – because it has many occasions earlier than – that a new Half-Life recreation was going to be introduced at The Sport Awards subsequent month. That turned out to not be true, and Half-Life: Alyx was revealed immediately as a substitute.
Though the preliminary reveal didn’t find yourself belonging to The Sport Awards and Geoff Keighley, he’s concerned. He’s producing one other ‘The Closing Hours Of’ story on the sport, as he did on Half-Life 1 and a couple of, to be launched subsequent 12 months. Proper now nonetheless you may watch a 22-minute dialog concerning the recreation between Keighley and Valve builders Robin Walker, Dario Casali and David Speyrer. They focus on the origins of the venture, why it’s VR solely, their pleasure about doorways and – most candidly – Half-Life three.
They’re all very properly groomed. This – and solely this – is why I’ll by no means work at Valve.
Many of the chat is delivers comparable solutions to what was mentioned when we spoke to Valve just before the Half-Life: Alyx announcement. Robin Walker was surprisingly candid when requested about Half-Life three, nonetheless.
“Again in 2016, after we began this, Half-Life three was a terrifyingly daunting prospect,” says Walker. “I feel to some extent, VR was a means we may idiot ourselves into believing we had a means to do that. By beginning with VR after which attempting to consider Half-Life and the way that labored with it, and playtesting these, you’re instantly in an area the place you may have one thing we perceive properly: Half-Life-style gameplay. [Add] a brand new platform with new prospects, and we will try this translation, and we will watch folks play it. So inside per week or two, we’re beginning to study.
“So it was very easy to not take into consideration the massive image of like, ‘are we making Half-Life three?’, and simply deal with, let’s work out what folks take pleasure in on this and let’s make ahead progress. In some methods VR was a little bit bit [similar to] the way in which the gravity gun helped in Half-Life 2 the place it simply turned the tentpole the place you possibly can wrap a lot round, VR turned this factor we may wrap all the things round. Whereas Half-Life three, if tomorrow they’re like, hey you’re engaged on Half-Life three, it’s like, ‘Ohhh god.’ Terrifying!”
Keighley hints all through about extra particulars to return in subsequent 12 months’s The Closing Hours Of on the sport, which can recount now simply HL: Alyx’s growth, however “all the things that’s occurred within the final ten years at Valve,” together with particulars of earlier growth experiments. That sounds legitimately fascinating, not less than to me.
Different particulars talked about within the video embrace information that Campo Santo builders (who joined Valve final 12 months to proceed work on In The Valley Of Gods) are concerned in Half-Life: Alyx, and that “Jay and Erik” from Portal 2 are concerned in writing the sport. That’ll presumably be Jay Pinkerton and Erik Wolpaw, who each left Valve over the previous few years, although Jay returned final 12 months.
My hope ranges, they’re rising. Go watch the Half-Life: Alyx trailer and first round of screenshots.