We didn't have to wait too long to confirm yesterday's rumors. Valve Software announced on Twitter that it is actually working on a Half-Life installment, which will be dedicated to the virtual reality devices. The title will be officially announced this Thursday, around 10 AM PT (i.e. earlier than suggested by previous reports - perhaps it is a reaction to a leak).
So far, we still don't have any specific information about Half-Life: Alyx, but it's worth recalling that yesterday's news wasn't the first one to suggest that Valve might want to create a Half-life game using VR technology. Kotaku asked about it in March 2015, when talking to Jeep Barnett, the company's programmer. The answer given at that time gave hope that sooner or later such a project would appear.
"We're not saying, 'no,' but we don't know what the right thing is [yet]. Our most precious resource is time, and we don't have enough time for people to do everything. Would we like to make all of our franchises in VR? Absolutely. But we don't have enough time or people. So we have to figure out what's the best fit, what plays to the strengths of VR," said the developer at the time.
Looks like the new Half-Life has been in the pipeline for some time. We will have to wait until next Thursday to find out more about the game. Let's hope it's worth it.
- Valve Corporation - official website