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Half-Life: Alyx is set to launch 4,548 days after Episode 2

109,152 hours since we said goodbye to Eli

Half-Life 2: Episode 2 launched on October 10, 2007 alongside the original Portal and Team Fortress 2 in The Orange Box. At the time, there was no way of knowing that this would be the last piece of Half-Life content we’d see for well over a decade. While the Half-Life: Alyx release date won’t bring us closure, it will be a new chapter in the story – and now we know it’ll be exactly 4,548 days between Half-Life games.

After an initially vague release window of March, Valve has confirmed that Half-Life: Alyx is set to launch on March 23, 2020. With barely a month left until release, it seems the developers are confident they’ll make the date – so don’t expect any delays from here, ‘Valve time’ be darned.

“We let the Valve Time happen before we announced the game,” the developers joked in an AMA a few weeks ago. They also used that stage to explain why they haven’t been talking about Half-Life 3: “We didn’t talk about Half-Life for a long time because we weren’t actively working on a Half-Life game.”

https://www.pcgamesn.com/half-life-alyx/launch-dateValve says pre-order bonuses for Index headsets will start going out on March 2, beginning with new Steam VR Home environments. If you want an Index, Valve also says info on availability will be coming “soon.” (There’s that Valve time, baby.)

You can also see a few new screenshots above. Check out our list of the best VR games if Half-Life hype has you investing in new hardware.