Leaked Half-Life: Alyx Screenshots Show City 17's Decay, Up Close and Personal

Leaked Half-Life: Alyx Screenshots Show City 17's Decay, Up Close and Personal

Headcrab zombies are going to be really gross in VR.

If Valve holds to its promised release window for Half-Life: Alyx, the upcoming VR-exclusive comeback for the series, then we're only a few months away from seeing everything it has to offer. Since it was announced in November, we haven't seen anything new about Half-Life: Alyx from its developers, but Tyler McVicker of Valve News Network has received nine new images from a source that claims to have personally captured them from a build of the game.

The new screenshots featured in McVicker's video provide a decent look at how familiar environments and enemies from Half-Life 2 have been updated for Half-Life: Alyx, which runs on Valve's Source 2 engine. USgamer has reached out to Valve for comment about the leaked images and will update this article if we hear back.

McVicker says his source for these new images selected them "at random, with the only caveat being none of these screenshots really spoil anything story-related." Indeed, none of Half-Life's new or returning characters appear in the screenshots, and a few of them only offer a look at how Source 2 allows for greater fidelity in City 17's dilapidated tenement blocks and grimy basements. McVicker's source did send along screenshots featuring a new variety of Combine soldier (below, left) and a look at the standard Civil Protection officers, pictured here wearing new off-white outfits.

It probably gets real sweaty under those Combine gas masks. | Valve News Network

Another quite gory image appears to show a Headcrab zombie with the four-legged parasite removed, revealing a bloodied face and ravaged torso. All of the leaked screenshots can be found in this gallery.

We were supposed to see more of Half-Life: Alyx at The Game Awards 2019, but Valve pulled out of the event at the last minute. Thanks to the crew at Tested, we did get to see a bit of Half-Life: Alyx gameplay last month as part of a video comparison of how it runs on different PC VR setups. Valve is currently targeting a March 2020 release for the game for all SteamVR-compatible hardware. Presumably we'll be getting more official news from Valve in the coming weeks. Hopefully, news of a delay isn't in the cards.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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