Valve has been for fans of virtual reality the great protagonist of the GDC 2015 together with HTC. If the commercial version of the Vive finally arrives at the end of the year, as they claim, it would not be bad if it were accompanied by a new game. What’s better than Half-Life 3?
In an interview with Kotaku, Valve’s Jeep Barnett acknowledges that they have been experimenting with models, environments and ideas from the Half-Life saga in virtual reality (as a curiosity, he comments that Portal was conceived in a very similar way). However, faced with the direct question of whether there will be a virtual reality version of future titles, such as Half-Life 3, Jeep states that they do not rule it out, but they are still unclear what would best fit in virtual reality, citing as an example of something that does work the VR Portal demo that they have shown behind closed doors at GDC 2015, and that they will probably publish when HTC Vive hits the market at the end of the year. He claims that they have also done tests with the Left 4 Dead saga and even with Dota, but for now neither has been shown publicly in virtual reality.
“Would Half-life Fit? Would Left 4 Dead do it? Or maybe a new saga? I don’t know yet. We’re trying to cover the spectrum of what we could do, and then we’ll focus on getting it up and running.”
The results of those who have tested Half-Life 2 on Oculus Rift vary depending on the user, but it cannot be considered a friendly experience for everyone mute. Those of us who have our virtual legs since the first day have enjoyed as dwarves replaying the Gordon Freeman saga, but for others it is unthinkable to endure 5 minutes of gameplay. Valve should be extremely careful with the first official experiences when Vive arrives and future HMDs from other companies that are also compatible, and we think they will create experiences suitable for all audiences, although obviously we would like there to be others more hardcore for those of us with a stomach of steel.