Half-Life: Alyx gets a new developer commentary update, which lets players listen to over three hours of behind-the-scenes talk in game.
Half-Life: Alyx is one of the best examples of what virtual reality can do. The wizards at Valve put together an incredibly well-received product that truly gave the hardware its killer app. And with all the praise heading Valve’s way, it’s only natural to want to see how the sausage is made. To some degree, that is now possible. Valve has added a new commentary update which lets players hear some of the steps the team took to produce its masterpiece. Give the new trailer a watch below.
If you haven’t played Half-Life: Alyx, you’re not the only one. Because the game is locked to VR, it’s been tough for Valve to do the same numbers past Half-Life games did. That said, it’s still, by all accounts, an incredible game. Our reviewer gave it a 10/10 and said the game provides a “profound level of immersion.”
That’s high praise, especially in VR. And while I highly doubt Valve is giving away all their secrets in this commentary, it’s something worth playing through. Doubly so if you’re a fledgling VR developer looking to see what makes VR games great. Getting a few pointers and ideas from a studio as well-regarded as Valve is always a good thing.
Half-Life: Alyx is available now on VR via PC. Obviously, a non-VR version is still something of a dream, but, given how highly-rated the game is, I’d be surprised if we don’t see something on that front in the future. A non-VR version wouldn’t be the game-changer it is on VR; however, fans are screaming for more Half-Life games. Hopefully, Gabe Newell and the squad give them what they want someday.