Half-Life: Alyx Clocks in at About What We'd Expect

According to a recent AMA, we now know about how long Half-Life: Alyx will be.

A game series like Half-Life doesn't pride itself on hundreds of hours of gameplay, or repetitive looter-shooter mechanics like Borderlands 3 (as exciting as those mechanics can be).

As it stands, it looks like Half-Life: Alyx, the upcoming VR first-person shooter set in the Half-Life universe, will follow its predecessors as a roughly dozen-hour adventure. The news comes from a Reddit AMA with the game's developers.

For comparison, Half-Life 2 clocked in at around 13 hours and 15 hours for completionists. The original Half-Life takes about 12 hours to complete, with a playtime of about 14 to15 hours to finish up.

In other words, Half-Life: Alyx is par for the course when it comes to titles in the series. According to the recent developer AMA, playtesters have found themselves spending roughly the same amount of time with the new virtual reality game as the first two games, which should be plenty for a rich, memorable experience.

More good news comes with the fact that Half-Life: Alyx is a VR game, too: there will be tons of face-eating monsters jumping directly into your eyes. Half-Life: Alyx is coming out in March for Windows. Whether it will eventually drop for the PS4 and Xbox One remains to be seen.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on Half-Life Alyx as it breaks. 


I'm a graduate from the University of Connecticut, living in Willimantic, Connecticut with his dog and remote writing jobs. I'm always looking to better myself and play games on my off-time, and love talking about the medium.

Published Jan. 23rd 2020

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