Sepharo wrote on Nov 19, 2019, 01:22:
MrBone wrote on Nov 18, 2019, 23:01:
It is pretty silly to think that Valve would produce the Index and not support it. I find the angst to be pretty humorous.
That's kind of my feeling on it too.
Like are people surprised that a company that sunk the last decade into VR is finally going to release a VR game?
I'm excited for it...
In some other forums I'm on these weirdos are talking about "market size" and shit like that... if that's what was important they should just make mobile games I suppose. I thought we were supposed to be hardcore? I've been waiting for a flagship title, I hope it's good.
Yup, market size is a dumb argument. Valve knows it's tiny - the goal here is to increase it. It's like complaining that Super Mario World only came out on the SNES, which had an install base of 0 at the time. The whole point is giving people a reason to buy the hardware. Which, incidentally, is the same thing those people have probably been complaining about for a long while.
I'm in the "I don't really care about HL anymore camp." But unlike many in this thread, I haven't been thrashing and whining about "rolling desks" and acting as if having purchased previous HL games meant I'm owed future HL games, and that there not being one is a personal affront.
And, frankly, I don't expect this to be an integral, necessary part of the HL world. Were it, it wouldn't be Alyx based. This is an off-shoot, probably 5 hours, probably a step back in gameplay action-wise and more about exploration and discovery. In other words, not what the series is known for that VR doesn't do particularly well, but for something that fits well within the world that VR does exceptionally well. Something totally different, but leveraging existing IP to generate interest, while still most likely fitting just fine within that world.
Part of me wonders if Portal would have been better. You'd lose the action-ish elements, as being chucked at 60mph would probably make people vomit, but you could probably make a killer puzzle game with portal guns and VR.