Where was Half-Life: Alyx at The Game Awards?

The newest entry in the legendary Half-Life series didn't show up during The Game Awards 2019. Here's why it was missing in action.


Half-Life: Alyx is a brand-new VR-only entry in the Half-Life series that took fans by surprise when it was announced in late November. It's a first-person shooter developed and published by Valve and the first game Half-Life fans have been blessed with since 12 years ago in 2007. Previously, thanks to an errant mention by The Game Awards creator and host Geoff Keighley, we were all under the impression that we'd see more of Half-Life: Alyx during the award show. That didn't happen, however, and now we're left wanting to see more from the explosive new Half-Life entry.

Where was Half-Life: Alyx at The Game Awards?

Unfortunately, it wasn't meant to make an appearance this year, and as such we'll be waiting quite some time to hear more about it before it finally drops. Originally, The Game Awards host Geoff Keighley took to Twitter to announce in November that there would be "more on Half-Life: Alyx" when The Game Awards 2019 was scheduled to air on December 12.

"Thanks to Valve for trusting me to share its story. I’m so happy to be back to writing after a 5-year hiatus to create and build #TheGameAwards. Stay tuned to #TheGameAwards on December 12 for more on Half-Life: Alyx, and lots more to tell in 2020!" Geoff wrote. Obviously, this lead eager Half-Life fans to believe if they were just patient enough, they'd get a taste of the game along with a series of other world premiere game trailers and awesome announcements. Sadly, it wasn't meant to be. 

Around 5:15 PM ET on December 12, the same day as The Game Awards, Valve posted its own tweet that confirmed Half-Life: Alyx would no longer be shown during the show.

"We're sorry to say Half-Life: Alyx won’t be shown at The Game Awards tonight. The team is hard at work on the game, and we’re excited to show you more in the new year as we approach the March release!" wrote Valve. From the wording, it's unclear if the appearance was simply canceled at the last-minute or if Geoff could have been confused in his initial tweet. Either way, it didn't show up, and we got this tweet instead. Bummer. 

Like Valve has already established, it'll be bringing more information on the game to us in the new year, so don't get your hopes up and start scouring everything related to the game before the holiday season comes to a conclusion.  If you don't want to keep an eye on the Valve social media platforms or sift through updates elsewhere, you can always follow Shacknews on Twitter to keep up with the latest news coverage from all over the industry. When we know more, you'll know more, and you've got our word on that. 

We'll be keeping our eyes peeled for more news on Half-Life: Alyx as we head into the new year. The game is currently scheduled to debut in March 2020, though there isn't a specific release date just yet. Though Half-Life: Alyx skipped The Game Awards 2019, there are still plenty of opportunities for it to make a splash before it's time to officially head to VR headsets for eager players around the world. Patience is a virtue, after all.

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From The Chatty
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    December 12, 2019 10:30 PM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, Where was Half-Life: Alyx at The Game Awards?

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      December 12, 2019 11:09 PM

      VNN of course already has their video up on it.

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        December 12, 2019 11:10 PM

        Also I hope this boneworks == half life: alyx isn't as true as people are saying it is.

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          December 12, 2019 11:22 PM

          What are people saying? Are they suggesting Valve bought their tech or something?

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            December 12, 2019 11:33 PM

            I think it's more like Boneworks feels a little janky at times and can be disorienting. The inverse kinematic arms flop around strangely and climbing is either really engaging or super annoying.

            In short Boneworks can feel to some like it's unpolished and if Alyx is just like it then people are worried.

            I happen to deal with the jank in Boneworks just fine, and am interested to see what Valve might do with a similar ruleset of "everything is interactive"

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              December 13, 2019 1:23 AM

              But that’s the whole reason Valve have gone for hands/gloves without visible arms.

              The bone works guys probably all have a similar ape index and it’s those people with a different one who get the janky effect as their arms are then longer or shorter than the default characters limbs.

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              December 13, 2019 2:03 AM

              It’s almost 2:00 am and I just stepped out of boneworks. Successfully climbed but skipped some optional physical puzzles (I fell too many times trying to swing from light to light to get the key to get to the developer room).. They haven’t been annoying enough to keep me out of the world. And lots of interaction has been surprising in just how much you can do like climbing shelves to retrieve items and throwing boxes to break them when I didn’t have a melee weapon. In fact laying here trying to get to sleep now I’m ready to say It’s the most fully engaging VR title since the lab.

              The lack of polish shows more around the sparse fill on the levels and overall lack of good use of space. Everything feels like it’s just huge with needlessly empty spaces and I don’t know why. I feel like it’s what the levels would look like if the kid that used 13 pont font, 1.25 line spacing and padded margins on his essays did the level design.

              That said I’m thoroughly enjoying my time in VR again. I might try it on the quest tomorrow to see how it looks.

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          December 13, 2019 2:39 AM

          It’s definitely not true.

          No full body representation and no smooth locomotion in Alyx. It’s supposedly teleport-only for now. Which also tells me it’s going to be delayed.

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