It may not be Half-Life 3 but it's the next best thing, right? Well, that's if the rumours are indeed true, as word came out that Valve is preparing to announce Half-Life: Alyx at this year's The Game Awards on Thursday, 12 December 2019.
There's a catch though - it's a title that's been designed specifically for VR headsets, so PC players who have none will have to skip the experience.
The rumour itself comes from a transcript of an interview posted on Pastebin, where Geof Keighley, Team Fortress 2's Robin Walker and an unnamed person rumoured to be Gabe Newell himself talk about Half-Life: Alyx. We must stress that GabeN's participation is an assumption, so grain of salt and all that.
In the interview, Keighley states that Half-Life: Alyx comes out in March 2020, saying he's excited to do The Final Hours episode for it, especially as he's apparently had great fun making them for Half-Life, Half-Life 2 and Portal.
As for the game itself, the only thing about it comes from the comments of supposedly-GabeN, who said, "You can see their whole body respond to the situation. You know, panicking, dropping clips on the ground as they fumble their weapons 'cause a zombie's in front of them, all these things, they're just - it's been really fun watching playtests."
He was also asked why Half-Life: Alyx has to be a VR-only experience, and there's a glimmer of hope here depending on your optimism levels. "Yeah, I mean we would love to be delivering a version of this that you could play with a mouse and a keyboard, but like as we said, it began as an exploration of VR", he replied.
The source of this leak is said to be the same person who leaked Dota Underlords, which does lend the whole rumour some credibility, but we guess we'll know soon enough.