HTC ‘co-operating with Half-life’ on Vive

This week saw the announcement of the HTC Vive, a new virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) that has been made in partnership with Steam platform owner Valve. There’s a question that few have dared to ask following the announcement; could Valve develop the next instalment in its popular Half-Life series for VR? Any such announcement will almost certainly be locked down for a big reveal by Valve itself, but HTC has said that it is ‘co-operating with Half-Life‘ in its work on the Vive.

HTC Vive

HTC chairwoman Cher Wang said as much to the BBC at the 2015 Mobile World Congress (MWC) this week in Barcelona, Spain. Wang didn’t comment on if this meant that the as-of-yet-unannounced Half-Life 3 could in development for the Vive, but she did state that she ‘hopes’ that is the case. Wang also noted that she thinks Valve is ‘very keen’ to work with its other franchises, including Dota and Portal, in VR. Half-Life 3 has been heavily rumoured ever since the release of Half-Life 2: Episode Two all the way back in 2007.

Valve was one of the first companies to support Oculus VR and its Oculus Rift PC HMD, adding in official VR support for Half-Life 2 a while back. The company has also incorporated the technology into its popular online first-person shooter (FPS), Team Fortress 2 and has reportedly created several VR experiments that involve its multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) experience, Dota 2. The company was thought to be opting to support the likes of Oculus VR instead of releasing its own VR HMD.

Valve will be at the 2015 Game Developers Conference (GDC) this week showcasing the Vive and its Steam VR concept. Could a VR-enabled Half-Life 3 really be one of the announcements the company has in store for the event? VRFocus will continue to follow the company closely and is at GDC to bring you all of the latest updates.

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