‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Interactive Storybook Features 3D Studio Tour, Headcrab Sound Mixer, And More

Veteran game journalist Geoff Keighley shares a behind-the-scenes look at the development of HL:A.

Celebrated video game journalist, producer, and TV presenter Geoff Keighley is no stranger to the inner workings of Valve. Since launching his now-infamous The Final Hours video game documentary series in 1997, Keighley has provided in-depth coverage on a handful of iconic Valve games, including Half-Life, Half-Life 2, and Portal 2. In 2011, the series received a makeover in the form of a new digital storybook for the iPad.

Earlier today, Keighley revealed the latest entry into his long-running series, The Final Hours of Half-Life: Alyx, a 25,000 word multimedia storybook offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at the development of Half-Life: Alyx as well as a comprehensive breakdown of the creative process over at Valve. The digital-only storybook comes complete with a 3D studio tour, interactive puzzles, never-before-scene concept art, early prototypes of cancelled Valve games, and much, much more:

Keighley (left) with Valve CEO Gabe Newell (right)

According to the official Steam listing:

  • Interactive “Toner” Puzzles: Unlock never-before-seen concept art and images via interactive puzzles inspired by Half-Life: Alyx.
  • Never-before-scene Prototypes: From early video prototypes of Alyx to other cancelled games, Valve reveals unknown – and unreleased – projects.
  • Headcrab Sound Mixer: Create your own headcrab sound effects using the same source files as the development team.
  • Development Floor Experience: Explore the Valve office with an interactive 3D tour that showcases the development area for Half-Life: Alyx.
  • Valve Time: An interactive timeline details Valve’s software and hardware projects over the past decade – including previously unknown projects.
  • Rhys Darby: Exclusive interview with Rhys Darby (“Russell”), one of the stars of Half-Life: Alyx.

The Final Hours of Half-Life: Alyx is available now for $9.99 via Steam. You DO NOT need a VR headset to run this experience.

Image Credit: Geoff Keighley

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