Valve finally announces new Half-Life game but there's a catch - Dexerto

Valve finally announces new Half-Life game but there’s a catch

Published: 19/Nov/2019 3:57 Updated: 19/Nov/2019 10:23

by Brad Norton


In a surprise announcement on November 18, Valve revealed that a brand new Half-Life game is in the works after a 12-year hiatus for the beloved FPS series.

While it has become somewhat of a joke in the gaming community to constantly address just how long it has been since Half-Life 2: Episode 2 released in 2007, prayers of fans around the world may have finally been answered by the almighty Valve Corporation.  

Unfortunately, Half-Life 3 has not been confirmed nor has Valve addressed the long-awaited title, but the company did announce a new series entry.

Valve Corporation - Half-Life 2: Episode 2It’s been over a decade since Half-Life fans were in the shoes of protagonist Gordon Freeman.

In a November 18 post, Valve revealed the name of the next Half-Life iteration. Referred to as Half-Life: Alyx, the upcoming release is set to serve as their “flagship VR” title.

Little was provided outside of a unique graphic aligning Valve, Steam VR, and the Half-Life logo. 

Despite the massive announcement, fans will have to wait for more information to be divulged in a proper unveiling later in the week. 

It was previously indicated that the title would be announced on December 12 at Geoff Keigley’s The Game Awards show.

Wanting to control the flow of information and step in front of any leaks in the build-up however, it is now confirmed that Valve will formally unveil the title on Thursday November 20 at 10AM Pacific Time.

There’s no telling just how intricate the presentation may be however. From a brief teaser trailer to an in-depth breakdown and a release date, no information has been provided just yet. 

Polygon - The Game Awards 2018The Game Awards is often host to a number of major industry announcements, perhaps the first gameplay will be on display on December 12.

While obviously, a VR title was unexpected, any update on the franchise has fans extremely excited and anxiously awaiting any further information.

Considering how long the developers had remained in silence though, it’s a safe bet to assume that with this official confirmation, they’re finally ready to lift the veil on the future of the Half-Life series on Thursday. 


Wild Overwatch glitch sends Roadhog’s Hooked victims sky-high

Published: 27/Nov/2020 22:19

by Bill Cooney


A crazy Overwatch interaction is sending heroes who get hooked by Roadhog flying up into the sky, but it only happens in certain situations.

Roadhog’s Hook is one of the most annoying abilities to deal with, and a skilled Hog can pick apart an enemy team’s backline with no problem at all.

However, the ability hasn’t always worked as intended over the years, and now a very unique interaction is popping up that boosts heroes who get hooked high into the air, as shown in the clip down below.

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Hog’s Hook has had plenty of issues over the years.

In the shot, Brig masterfully flails the tank off of the edge on Eichenwalde, but not before he throws out his hook to take her down with him.

Instead of falling to her doom though, Brigitte pops right up and is able to safely land on solid ground while Hog is definitely eliminated.

Despite how it looks, this episode doesn’t seem like it caused by the hero’s shield deploying, instead, it has to do with Roadhog being eliminated before the hook is released, along with a few other factors.

If a hero is still being reeled in when the beefy Tank is knocked out, and he’s not on solid ground, then the hooked hero will sometimes get propelled straight up, just like Brigitte was.

No place to go, but up. from Overwatch

Obviously, this is a very specific set of requirements in order for this glitch to happen, but if you want to increase the chances of it firing off, just play the Overwatch custom game mode called “12 Hooks 1 Hole” (Code: DK0DP).

As the name suggests you can only play Hog and there’s no cooldown on the Hook, which is your only weapon to try and get every other hero into the Ilios Well.

Since you’ll most likey be grabbing and getting grabbed as you go down into the dark, there are plenty of opportunities for it to happen. Roadhog’s signature ability has also historically been one of the most bugged in the game, so how long it takes Blizzard to fix this one remains to be seen.