Half-Life: Alyx releases March 23rd, 10am Pacific Time. https://t.co/NCOLWqSp3e
— Valve (@valvesoftware) March 17, 2020
The VR shooter will be available to play from 10am PT (5pm GMT) on Monday, March 23, Valve confirmed on Tuesday. The game will be available to pre-load from this Friday, March 20.
Alyx is the first new release in the series since 2007’s Half Life 2: Episode Two, which was originally planned as the middle part of a trilogy which remains incomplete.
Nevertheless, Valve has said Alyx is not a spin-off but “the next part” of the story, and Valve’s Robin Walker told Game Informer players would benefit from replaying Episode 2 before starting Alyx – the first two Half-Life games and their expansions are currently free to play.
“It’s not a bad idea for players to have refreshed themselves on the events of Episode 2 before starting Half-Life: Alyx,” Walker said.
Set between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2, the new game sees protagonist Alyx Vance and her father Eli secretly mount a resistance to the occupation of Earth by a mysterious alien race known as The Combine.
Valve released 10 minutes of Half-Life: Alyx gameplay earlier this month.