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By now, the phrase “VR game” has come to refer to any game that requires an Oculus Rift or Vive headset, with a few exceptions.
That’s because the VR community is so vibrant, and so big, that a lot of games that don’t need the latest hardware have their own dedicated VR version of the game, usually a demo or teaser.
While this might be the case for a few VR games, like Star Wars: Battlefront 2 and the latest VR MMO, The Last Guardian, it’s rare that you see a full-blown VR version.
That could change soon.
Valve, a VR developer with a team of 20 employees in Seattle, has begun working on a VR version for one of the company’s flagship titles, Half-Life: VR Edition, a new title that takes place in a future where the player can play through a pre-recorded storyline of the events that lead to the first game.
Valve’s version is called Half-Time.
While Valve hasn’t said when the game will arrive, the company has already released a trailer for it on YouTube.
The trailer, which was shared by developer Portal 2’s VR Team, showcases the game’s storyboard and looks at the mechanics of the Oculus Rift and Vive.
“Half-Time takes place a year after the events of the first Half- Life, and is set in the distant future,” Valve explains in the trailer.
“The protagonist is a former mercenary, Jack, who has come back from the dead.
The only people left alive are his son, Jacob, and his friend, Alyx, who live in an abandoned, abandoned bunker.
They are all stranded in this futuristic world.
“There are no loading screens, and the player is responsible for finding a key for the next part.” “
Each level is divided into two parts, each with its own unique challenges and rewards,” Valve explained.
“There are no loading screens, and the player is responsible for finding a key for the next part.”
The developers added that “you won’t see an overview of the level or what happens in that part.”
That’s likely a reference to Half-life’s infamous first-person view, where the protagonist can look around while looking at various objects in the environment.
Valve says it’s currently working on the game for PC, but that it hopes to make it available for both the Rift and the Vive.
The Half-time VR Edition will reportedly be the first full-length VR game to come out of Valve, and it’s the first VR game Valve is working on for VR.
It’s currently slated for a release in 2019, and will include new features and polish.
The developer has also released a series and trailer for Half-Way through the Valve portal.
We’ll be digging deeper into the game as it becomes available, and you can learn more about it in our previous report.