The massive day is upon us, which implies that, fairly quickly, individuals are going to be speaking in regards to the insane Half-Life: Alyx ending. 

To say that Alyx’s ending is filled with stunning twists and main revelations is to place it flippantly. There are some developments within the ending that forged new mild on earlier Half-Life video games and may trace at what’s to come back for the way forward for the sequence, Valve and presumably VR. Let’s unpack precisely what occurs and why it means a lot to this legendary franchise. Clearly issues are about to get very spoilery…

FULL SPOILERS FOR HALF-LIFE: ALYX ENDING BELOW

As you in all probability know by now, Half-Life: Alyx is a prequel set earlier than the occasions of Half-Life 2 and its episodic expansions. You play as Alyx Vance, a member of a resistance group combating again towards the rule of an evil alien race referred to as the Mix. 

A lot of Alyx’s story sees the titular character attempting to achieve the Vault, a floating behemoth hovering above Metropolis 17, saved airborne by a set of large cables surrounding it. Alyx’s father, Eli, discovers that the Mix are holding one thing contained in the Vault. At first they think it’s a superweapon. Then Alyx learns (through a nod to future video games) it’s the truth is, a dwelling being. Everybody instantly assumes it’s Gordon Freeman, the protagonist of Half-Life and Half-Life 2. Thus they set off to save lots of him.

Alyx decouples the cables powering the Vault (with the assistance of some pleasant Vortigaunts) and a backup energy generator. The Vault promptly crashes and Alyx is ready to get onboard. There she initially discovers a surreal facsimile of various buildings, presumably inside Metropolis 17, following a ghostly determine.

As soon as Alyx passes by means of this space and makes fast work of some closing Mix troopers, she will get to Gordon’s containment cell. Solely upon opening it does she uncover that it’s not Gordon in any respect; the Mix have truly captured G-Man, the mysterious supernatural determine that stalks Gordon in previous Half-Life video games, nonetheless fitted together with his iconic blue enterprise go well with and black briefcase.

In return for his launch, G-Man grants Alyx one favor. She instantly requests getting the Mix off of Earth however G-Man declines, reasoning that that’s too massive of a push. As an alternative, he has one other concept…

All of a sudden, Alyx is topic to an out-of-body expertise and time travels to finish of Half-Life 2: Episode 2. In that notorious cliffhanger from 2007, Gordon and Alyx are about to set out on a brand new mission when a Mix assault kills her father, leaving Alyx cradling him in her arms. Solely now, G-Man reverses the scene only a few moments, giving Alyx an opportunity to kill the Mix. Eli picks himself up, alive and nicely, however is clearly looking for one thing.

Alyx prepares to depart however G-Man informs her that, in return for this favor, she now works for him. The sport transitions to the credit with a nod to Half-Life 1’s ending, leaving you along with your jaw on the ground and loads of questions you don’t assume can be answered within the Half-Life: Alyx ending…

Besides, towards the tip of the credit, you hear a voice. It’s Eli however noticeably totally different from how he’s sounded for the remainder of the sport. He’s gruffer, older like in Half-Life 2, and he’s not calling for Alyx; he’s calling for Gordon. 

The world fades again in and, increase, you’re Gordon Freeman, standing proper the place he stood on the finish of Episode 2. Eli is alive and Canine is there too, however there’s no signal of Alyx. Eli appears to be completely conscious of what’s occurred, cursing “unexpected penalties” and vowing to save lots of Alyx. However, after all, he’ll want Gordon’s assist to do this. So he arms you the crowbar and, only for a break up second, you get to carry it earlier than the sport ends. 

Whew! What a rush, proper? It looks as if the Half-Life: Alyx ending is unquestionably establishing for the return of Gordon Freeman in, dare we are saying it, Half-Life three. However the ending additionally leaves questions in regards to the video games we’ve already performed. Does Alyx know precisely what’s going to occur on the finish of Half-Life 2: Episode 2? Did Eli know in regards to the deal she’s struck with G-Man?

We’ll have extra protection on the ending later this week that may assist reply a few of that however, for now we’ll allow you to sit with that. Ensure that to take a look at our Half-Life: Alyx evaluation, too, the place we give the complete rundown of our impressions. Half-Life: Alyx is offered now on SteamVR.