One could assume Valve are channelling Blizzard as they announced the next instalment from a franchise that is immensely popular on PC will continue the career on a different platform. Half-Life: Alyx will be a VR title, to be announced on 21 November 2019.
Half-Life: Alyx is going to be unveiled officially on Thursday, 21 November 2019. A new entry in the Half-Life series would normally get the blood pumping for any fan but this one is already seeing some popularity obstacles.
The thing about this announcement is that Half-Life: Alyx appears to be a VR only title so far, without plans to be released on PC or any other platform so far. Diablo Immortal situation is fairly similar to this one, with key differences being that Valve didn't charge fans a ticket fee in order to announce a mobile microtransaction machine. The concept is still the same though - PC fans were begging for Half-Life 3 for over a decade but now it's on VR.
Image found above is from Valve's preview of the announcement that is less than two days away at the time of writing. While old school fans certainly have a reason to be disappointed, there are a couple of important things that need considering:
- The actual announcement is still not out in the open and the public doesn't know what Valve may still reveal
- Half-Life: Alyx is the flagship title for VR that might have a chance of being released on other platforms later on
Based on what happens when the actual announcement comes along, it will have the potential to reinforce the fans' faith into Valve, completely ruin it or make them look silly for making a beloved franchise exclusive to one platform, especially due to the situation with Epic Games, who keep getting roasted for taking the platform choice away from the players.