Half-Life: Alyx screenshot of a Combine attack

[Update #2]: Valve has added over three hours of Developer Commentary for Half-Life: Alyx!

[Update]: Valve has now released the official modding tools and Workshop support for Half-Life: Alyx!

After what feels like an eternity of waiting, a brand new Half-Life game has now finally arrived. However, instead of continuing on from Episode 2's cliffhanger, the VR-focused Half-Life: Alyx is a prequel that takes place between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2, and follows the titular Alyx Vance as she attempts to weaken the Combine's grip on City 17.

What truly sets Half-Life: Alyx apart is not the story or even the Half-Life name, but rather the simple fact that it's one of the very first big-budgeted VR games with a decent length to it. Valve really has poured in a ton of time and effort into making Half-Life: Alyx a flagship game for VR, and from what I've seen so far, I'm pleased to say they have managed to do just that!

Since trying to explain all of this through words alone is a bit of a pointless task, allow me to share with you two of the gameplay previews. Each one features a different style of movement and a different scenario, so you should get a pretty good impression of what Half-Life: Alyx has to offer. Have a peek:

When it comes to platforms, Half-Life: Alyx is available on pretty much every VR device: Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and the various Windows Mixed Reality devices. You can also play it seated, standing, and if you have a giant room to dance around in, with room-scale support as well.

To learn more about Half-Life: Alyx, as well as potentially grab yourself a copy, simply head on over to Steam. Oh, and if you own a Valve Index, Half-Life: Alyx has already been added to your account, so don't go and accidentally buy it again. Have fun!