The Final Hours of Half-Life: Alyx -- Behind Closed Doors at Valve Interview

  • Published: 21 November 2019
  • Geoff Keighley goes inside Valve to announce his next project: The Final Hours of Half-Life: Alyx, a look inside the past decade at Valve Software.

    For more on Half-Life: Alyx, tune into The Game Awards, streaming live December 12th.

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    In 2020, Geoff Keighley (The Game Awards) returns to his landmark Final Hours series for a new chapter chronicling Valve’s surprising return to the Half-Life series.

    This multimedia experience, created by Keighley over the past 9 years, takes customers inside Valve, one of the world’s most acclaimed developers, for a surprisingly honest and personal look at the ups and downs of the creative process.

    Keighley began his Final Hours series 21 years ago, in 1998, with The Final Hours of Half-Life, which he wrote as a sophomore in University. It was followed by The Final Hours of Half-Life 2 (2004) and The Final Hours of Portal 2 (2011).
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Comments • 4 500

  • Jesse Jay
    Jesse Jay  35 minutes back

    When half life 3 comes in a few years. Come back to this comment for a surprise.

    • Jronix
      Jronix  3 hours back


      • spartanboosts
        spartanboosts  13 hours back

        Games will be GTA in terms of detail, but in VR form. It's going to happen in our lifetime....well I'm 29. Hope we all get to experience it!

        • UltimatePiccolo
          UltimatePiccolo  16 hours back

          Dario Casali from Final Doom's Plutonia Experiment? Wow, small world.

          • MicHaeL MonStaR
            MicHaeL MonStaR  17 hours back

            The stools they're sittingon; Half-Ass

            • MicHaeL MonStaR
              MicHaeL MonStaR  18 hours back

              9:52 Sooo, how about a motion-controller plus monitor version of the game?... The headset must be the most expensive part of the complete VR-sets, which is something people don't want to (or can't) invest in and perhaps don't even want to (I'm a bit of both). - You could do like a "PlayStation Move" thing and just have the motion-controllers. - It might be tricky because you can't move your view then, unless perhaps you could use something on the controllers... But there must be a way...

              • Jamie Vatarga
                Jamie Vatarga  14 hours back

                Actually the headsets are usually the cheaper part if buying separately

            • macht rebel
              macht rebel  23 hours back

              I don't know how to say it correctly. I like the talk obviously, but I don't really like this artificial excitement and overstated approval of everything they say. I don't know, maybe I'm just in a bad mood.

              • Kush the space cat
                Kush the space cat  1 days back

                g man interview half life creator ROFL

                • Martin Seitune
                  Martin Seitune  1 days back

                  Es increible ver como no le dan bola al español 🖕🖕

                  • Citrus Blast
                    Citrus Blast  1 days back

                    the guy in the blue looks like cmilk from ADV China

                    • Ace Widdlewade
                      Ace Widdlewade  2 days back

                      Will there be a crow bar

                      • Dzengiz Tafa
                        Dzengiz Tafa  2 days back

                        Alright Gordon, your suit should keep you comfortable for all this... The specimen will be delivered to you in a few moments. If you would be so good as to climb up & start the rotors, we can bring the anti-mass spectrometer to 80% and hold it there until the carrier arrives...

                        • BlitzBCR
                          BlitzBCR  2 days back

                          After half life Alyx we need portal VR

                          • kevin m
                            kevin m  2 days back

                            if half life 3 was vr only at this point in time their would be riots in the street.

                            • ElephantTusks
                              ElephantTusks  3 days back

                              Interrupting, verbose interviewer mode unlocked. Bad posture activated.

                              • MicHaeL MonStaR
                                MicHaeL MonStaR  17 hours back

                                I bet Geoff is hiding the fact that he's actually 7 feet tall.

                            • K Griffin
                              K Griffin  3 days back

                              wish I had a VR set

                              • Gogo
                                Gogo  3 days back

                                K Griffin Pierre Budget headset: $230 samsung odyssey plus
                                Mid range ( recommended ) : $350 Oculus rift s
                                High end: $1000 Valve Index

                            • Thordax
                              Thordax  3 days back

                              ...bout time. But damn, VR required :(. 500bux that doesn't include the game. I hope other series come out (aka different perspective from same story - like the original), Seems inevitable.

                              • EVOLICIOUS
                                EVOLICIOUS  3 days back

                                Valve index does include HL:A for free, also the Index costs $1000, not $500. Valve will not make any flat games, they only make VR games now. If you want VR, you can buy any of the many different choices that span from $130-$1000, they all work perfectly fine for HL:A.

                              • Gogo
                                Gogo  3 days back

                                Thordax Pierre Budget headset: $230 samsung odyssey plus
                                Mid range ( recommended ) : $350 Oculus rift s
                                High end: $1000 Valve Index

                            • Novalaki
                              Novalaki  3 days back


                              • Soulreaver
                                Soulreaver  3 days back

                                Holy shit, i am gonnaa be 20 next year. I never thought i´d actively participate in a Half-Life Game Release :D

                                • Gogo
                                  Gogo  3 days back

                                  Soulreaver me to

                              • Rushad Patel
                                Rushad Patel  3 days back

                                Big AAA game. Small small audiance :(

                                • EVOLICIOUS
                                  EVOLICIOUS  3 days back

                                  That's the case with every HL game. They release these games on new hardware that pushes the gaming industry.

                              • Annie Skywalker
                                Annie Skywalker  3 days back

                                My sister, who I grew up taking turns on my brothers computer playing half life 2 with, has a vr set up, so I will be able to play this game when I go visit her, I’ll probably end up posting my gameplay because I feel so bad for those who can’t play it😭

                                • MicHaeL MonStaR
                                  MicHaeL MonStaR  17 hours back

                                  You and everyone else (with a YouTube-job) and their dog will do videos on it... Don't you worry...

                              • Jeffrey Vauxhall
                                Jeffrey Vauxhall  3 days back

                                13:46 The Pressure these guys went trough oml

                                • zach7
                                  zach7  3 days back

                                  I'm sorry but 3:40 yeah I'm glad you realized that people wanted a game, not a tech demo cause that's what the lab was.

                                  • Roman Khamov
                                    Roman Khamov  4 days back

                                    I gotta say, I found that Geoff (the interviewer) was interrupting and injecting his own comments too much. Would much rather listen to the developers speak more.

                                    • Renzsu
                                      Renzsu  4 days back

                                      Dude, stop interrupting them mid-explanation.. you keep talking over them!

                                      • NoName
                                        NoName  4 days back

                                        A VR Portal game using F-Stop would be cool!

                                        • Go Clunker
                                          Go Clunker  4 days back

                                          You can see the interview answers are so forced and controlled. Gabe is behind a mirror glass, watching and listening. Yasss, push a failing technology no one is buying, yasssss

                                          • Go Clunker
                                            Go Clunker  17 hours back

                                            @MartijnXD The irony here is that you cannot do simple math. .16% out of 7.7billion is 63.3 million? Might wanna learn basic math before you call others names...

                                          • Go Clunker
                                            Go Clunker  2 days back

                                            @MartijnXD So, less than .16% of the world population. Might wanna study in school, you need it.
                                            Cool story :)

                                          • MartijnXD
                                            MartijnXD  2 days back

                                            @Go Clunker I don't think you read my first comment, but I'll say it again: the most expensive consumer headset on the market is still top selling on Steam. Not only that, but it has been completely sold out in 2 countries already.
                                            And that's just one headset. I can imagine that the more affordable Windows Mixed reality headsets are selling even more units.

                                            So your arguments are completely wrong. You should probably just stop, as it's making you look like a major fool.

                                          • Go Clunker
                                            Go Clunker  2 days back

                                            @EVOLICIOUS 12 million users in a world of how many BILLION? yeah, i look stupid.

                                          • Go Clunker
                                            Go Clunker  2 days back

                                            @MartijnXD 3 years later, and NO ONE WANTS IT. Its the Virtual boy of 2019

                                        • Go Clunker
                                          Go Clunker  4 days back

                                          In 15 years, we’ll see Half-Life: Kliner

                                          • Go Clunker
                                            Go Clunker  4 days back

                                            Can’t afford VR and never wanted to buy it, so, maybe I’ll play in 4-6 years

                                            • EVOLICIOUS
                                              EVOLICIOUS  3 days back

                                              you have no idea what you are missing out on. Go get on a VR kit. Check out BONEWORKS, that games comes out in a week!
                                              Also Asgard's wrath, Stormland, Vertigo 2, Lone Echo 2, Vader Immortal, Trover Saves the Universe, Vox Machinea, Windlands 2, Robo Recall, H3VR (hotdogs, horseshoes and hand grenades), Blade & Sorcery, Cosmic Trip, Espire 1, Arizona Sunshine, MMORPG OrbisVR, Space Junkies, Gorn, Fujii, Holoception, VTOL VR, Rec Room, Tilt Brush, SuperHot VR, Virtual Virtual Reality, Beat Saber, Pistol Whip, Onward, Pavlov, Contractors vr, Zero Caliber, Compound vr, google earth vr, virtual desktop, skyrimvr, NMSVR, so many amazing VR games and that is just off the top of my head.

                                          • jnstealth pow
                                            jnstealth pow  4 days back

                                            Anyone that still or ever thought VR was a gimmick, and not the future of gaming, and plenty of other markets, is either just plain thick, or they haven't been able to try a solid experience in VR. Been gaming since gaming became a common thing, and i already wont even touch anything outside of VR now. Will never go back.

                                            • Gogo
                                              Gogo  3 days back

                                              jnstealth pow eventually in their life they will try VR and will be proven wrong I bet haha

                                            • jnstealth pow
                                              jnstealth pow  3 days back

                                              @Gogo buncha haters

                                            • EVOLICIOUS
                                              EVOLICIOUS  3 days back

                                              Literally only people that haven't tried VR think VR is a gimmick.

                                            • Gogo
                                              Gogo  3 days back

                                              jnstealth pow so many people haven't tried it so they just say bad stuff about it lol

                                          • Danny Ludford
                                            Danny Ludford  4 days back

                                            Did anyone notice towards the end when he mentioned zombies and the other 2 looked annoyed? Did he accidentally announce left 4 dead 3 ??

                                            • EVOLICIOUS
                                              EVOLICIOUS  3 days back

                                              L4DVR was leaked a few days ago from strings that VNN found, it's definitely coming next year sometime.

                                          • FoundationsofPause
                                            FoundationsofPause  5 days back

                                            "Pick up that can."

                                            • EVOLICIOUS
                                              EVOLICIOUS  3 days back


                                          • RETRO 1X
                                            RETRO 1X  5 days back

                                            If this game fails we probably won’t get HL3 and hopefully HL3 will be VR and keyboard and mouse compatible

                                            • RETRO 1X
                                              RETRO 1X  3 days back

                                              EVOLICIOUS whoa look at this try hard every body lmao I did listen also I have used a lot of VR headsets and there are a few games that are KBM compatible maybe if you cared to do your research before opening your mouth you’d know that🤷🏻‍♂️

                                            • EVOLICIOUS
                                              EVOLICIOUS  3 days back

                                              Nope. HL3 will never happen. Valve is not going to make a flat game, they only make VR games now. VR games are not KBM compatible, if you cared to actually listen to the devs in the video, you'll know that's is not how VR works.

                                          • game exe
                                            game exe  5 days back

                                            i dont get this artificial hype about this VR tech demo spinoff that no one can really play because the way half life is supposed to be played(mouse and keyboard) is not supported...

                                            • EVOLICIOUS
                                              EVOLICIOUS  3 days back

                                              "artificial hype" lmao, you are delusional. If you cared to actually watch the video, you'll find that literally every word you typed is not even remotely true. It's a full game, 12+ million VR users are going to play it, HL was supposed to be played only on new technology (literally what the HL series is made to do). You can't play a VR game with KBM, dumbass. WATCH THE VIDEO.

                                            • Gogo
                                              Gogo  3 days back

                                              Budget headset: $230 samsung odyssey plus
                                              Mid range ( recommended ) : $350 Oculus rift s
                                              High end: $1000 Valve Index

                                            • Gogo
                                              Gogo  3 days back

                                              game exe VR is the only way l that half life could of continued. Gabe Newell said: "VR has energized the studio." Valve wants to push gaming forward again and you should be glad to be here to witness it

                                          • Dot Exe
                                            Dot Exe  5 days back

                                            They look guilty, like they know it's going to dissapoint or something...

                                            • Dot Exe
                                              Dot Exe  3 days back

                                              @EVOLICIOUS wow cool that you can read minds

                                            • EVOLICIOUS
                                              EVOLICIOUS  3 days back

                                              No, they are nervous people won't like it. Which every dev goes through.

                                          • Naranj0
                                            Naranj0  5 days back

                                            I like how Geoff deliberately wore the hazard suit for this interview.

                                            • John Magus
                                              John Magus  5 days back

                                              That pixel art/tilework is so awesome.

                                              • IL SORRIDENTE
                                                IL SORRIDENTE  5 days back

                                                Half life 3

                                                • Fernando Arias
                                                  Fernando Arias  6 days back

                                                  this game will be imposible to play with a mouse and keyboard, "Modders" -hold my beer

                                                  • McSkillet
                                                    McSkillet  6 days back

                                                    Look at that guys body positioning and how he sits, he definietly closes the fridge with his hips.

                                                  • Immortal Zombie
                                                    Immortal Zombie  6 days back

                                                    @19:50 Geoff remembers he is a half black half orange octopus

                                                    • Adam Paolella
                                                      Adam Paolella  6 days back

                                                      really great interview. I liked how “casual” it seemed. Too many you knows though, you know?

                                                      • Firdaus Mohamad
                                                        Firdaus Mohamad  6 days back

                                                        Make the Half Life wins the Game Awards next year or best VR game

                                                        • Brendan Custer
                                                          Brendan Custer  6 days back

                                                          He's like a kid in a candy store isn't he, haha, so great to see

                                                          • Johnny Two Hands
                                                            Johnny Two Hands  6 days back

                                                            “People think you haven’t been making games, but there’s been a whole bunch of games that have been cancelled and never shipped over the past 10 years”. SO YOU HAVENT BEEN MAKING GAMES. YOUVE BEEN PLAYING WITH YOUR DI*KS IN AN OFFICE FOR A DECADE. LoL. I wish I could tell my boss “hey boss it’s not that we haven’t built a house in 10 years, it’s just that we’ve started a bunch of houses and tore them all down before we could sell them for one reason or another”. YOURE FIRED.

                                                            • EVOLICIOUS
                                                              EVOLICIOUS  3 days back

                                                              You're a moron and have no word comprehension.

                                                          • Blake Mahaffey
                                                            Blake Mahaffey  7 days back

                                                            "Here is an interview where the interviewer talks more than the people he's interviewing"

                                                            This shit is insufferable

                                                            • xzaz2
                                                              xzaz2  7 days back

                                                              WHY are they so scared about HL3?

                                                              • T-1000
                                                                T-1000  4 days back

                                                                Because it suppose to be a Holy Grail of gaming.

                                                            • TheFailLord72
                                                              TheFailLord72  7 days back

                                                              20:12 "WARNING. SYSTEM OVERLOAD. STALL, STALL, STALL." Common Robin, SAY IT! "Shutting down :)"