Valve announced <em>Half-Life: Alyx<\/em> at the end of November 2019. The developer and publisher, also behind the digital game platform Steam, haven't released many new sequels in years. \r\n\r\nA running joke has been asking Valve for the release for <em>Half-Life 3<\/em>. While the new game won't star Gordon Freeman, they'll get a chance to learn more about Alyx very soon.\r\n\r\nBefore <em>Half-Life: Alyx<\/em> is released, Valve wants players to get prepared. They're offering the entire series free for a limited time. Even new players will have the opportunity to try out the series before the new game is released.\r\n\r\n[embed]https:\/\/youtu.be\/O2W0N3uKXmo[\/embed]\r\n\r\n"Set between the events of <em>Half-Life<\/em> and <em>Half-Life 2<\/em>, <em>Half-Life: Alyx<\/em> is a new full-length game built from the ground up by Valve for virtual reality." states the official YouTube summary.\r\n\r\nPlayers completely new to Steam will need to download the platform first and make an account, which are both free to do. Valve announced that the following games are available to download and enjoy now:\r\n<ul><em><li>Half-Life<\/li>\r\n<li>Half-Life 2<\/li>\r\n<li>Half-Life 2: Episode One<\/li>\r\n<li>Half-Life 2: Episode Two<\/li>\r\n<li>Half-Life: Opposing Force<\/li>\r\n<li>Half-Life: Blue Shift<\/li>\r\n<li>Team Fortress Classic<\/li><\/em><\/ul>\r\n\r\nThe full cost of this bundle, even with a 40% discount, is around $35. Players can save money by playing all of these titles right now.\r\n\r\nThe games will only be free for a limited time until the launch of <em>Half-Life: Alyx<\/em>. Since the game is scheduled for release in March 2020, players who don't already own the games will have to move fast. There may be some lag since the free games were announced during the Lunar New Year Sale, which is a time when many are trying to download games around the same time.\r\n\r\nThere are less than two months until the launch of <em>Half-Life: Alyx<\/em>. If players don't have time to enjoy the additional titles, they can jump on the first two games to learn about the world of <em>Half-Life<\/em>.\r\n\r\nSince the games were developed and published by Valve, the bonuses aren't available anywhere else at the moment. Players can only download the games free through Steam, even if the games are out on other platforms.\r\n\r\nThe games will need to be downloaded first in order to play them. \r\n\r\nAfter <em>Half-Life: Alyx<\/em> is released, the games will still be in players' libraries, but they'll have to be purchased before they can be played.