Half-Life: Alyx is finally on its way after a major delay, and it is set to revolutionise VR gaming.
However, since the announcement of Half-Life: Alyx, the Valve Index has seen a resurgence in sales like nothing else since its summer release.
Before we cover everything you need to know about the upcoming VR game, we first need to take a look at why the Valve Index is sold out in 31 different countries!
Let's get into it.
Valve Index VR headset
Currently, we know that Half-Life: Alyx will release on Steam, supporting only PC VR headsets such as Valve Index, Vive, Oculus, and Windows MR.
FREE GAME: Half-Life: Alyx will be free to those who already own a Valve Index VR headset
However, it looks like nobody is able to buy a Valve Index VR headset right now.
Road to VR has reported that all 31 countries where Valve sells its Index VR headset are out of stock!
The Steam pages for all regions simply have a ‘Notify Me’ button, rather than the usual option to purchase the Index.
Japan is the only country where you can still find stock for the headset, and the headset and controllers package.
Valve did not say when stock will be replenished, opting instead to post a message across the Index’s local store pages that read:
“We’re busy catching up with demand for Valve Index”
This shortage actually kicked off late last year and is no doubt driven by anticipation for Half-Life: Alyx.
While most assumed that Index would be back in stock early in 2020, it looks like the shortage has only gotten worse.
Half-Life: Alyx will launch in March 2020, and we know that the game will cost $60, but is free to anyone who owns a Valve Index VR headset.
Look away now console fans, there's nothing confirmed for you - Alyx seems, for the immediate future anyway, to be a PC exclusive.
Who knows, though.
Alyx is set between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2.
It sees Alyx and her father Eli taking to the streets of City 17, battling the Combine with the help of fellow resistance fighters.
Interestingly, instead of the original Half-Life hero Gordon Freeman's silent demeanour, Alyx will be a fully voiced character.
FOR THE RESISTANCE: Half-Life: Alyx will see you help the resistance battle the Combine on the streets of city 17
Valve designer Greg Coomer told PC Gamer:
"Early on we decided it was important that playing as Alyx felt different to playing as Gordon Freeman,"
"Alyx being an active participant in conversations made it much, much easier to incorporate narrative into the game in natural ways, and as a result, there's a higher density of storytelling over the course of the game."
New Half-Life: Alyx will feature "all the hallmarks of classic Half-Life".
This will include "world exploration, puzzle-solving, visceral combat, and an intricately woven story that connects it all with the characters iconic to the Half-Life universe."
It's also a full game and will be around the same length as Half-Life 2 - so don't think for a second this is some sort of VR tech demo.
From the gameplay we've seen, shooting looks incredibly responsive - blending cover mechanics with the freedom to improvise and adapt depending on the environment.
Graphically, it looks the part, too - thanks in part to the brand new Source 2 engine, the very same tech powering Dota 2.