Preloads are now underway for Half-Life: Alyx
paving the way for Monday's launch of the new virtual reality installment in the
series. This may be useful to more gamers than imagined at
first. Despite the fact that it requires a virtual reality headset,
more than 300,000 gamers have preordered the VR shooter
). Here's word:
Valve's return to City 17 is poised to
make sales record headlines next week. PlayTracker Insight tracking is showing
Half-Life: Alyx has already surpassed 300.000 owners ahead of its launch on
Monday, March 23rd.
This already puts the game within striking distance of the biggest Steam
releases of 2020 so far like TemTem, Wolcen, Borderlands 3, Metro Exodus, and,
amusingly, Black Mesa - Crowbar Collective's re-imagining of the original
Half-Life game. Launch sales should propel the game into first place, pending a
surprising over-performance by Doom Eternal this weekend.
VR owners account for only 1% of Steam users according to
the Steam Hardware Survey,
making this sales performance quite an impressive achievement.