Valve’s Half-Life Alyx releases soon for Steam VR, but it seems to be the beginning of new projects at the company. According to a recent Gameinformer interview, Valve developer Robin Walker states that the game plays “a critical part of a larger story:”

What can you tell us about the narrative? Some are worried that since it’s a prequel, it won’t carry the story forward. Do you feel that’s fair?

Half-Life: Alyx is a full-fledged entry in the Half-Life series, both in terms of the sheer amount of content as well as the importance and substance of its narrative relative to the rest of the series. It’s a critical part of the larger story, and it does push that story forward.

In addition, Walker suggests people play through Half-Life 2: Episode Two before giving Half-Life Alyx a try.

Do you think that Alyx will give fans some closure on the end of Episode 2?

It’s not a bad idea for players to have refreshed themselves on the events of Episode 2 before starting Half-Life: Alyx.

Walker continues by stating that Alyx serves as Valve’s return to the IP and won’t be the last we see of the series. Half-Life Alyx releases on March 3rd for Steam VR. Stay tuned at Final Weapon for the latest gaming news and updates!