Late last month, HTC and Valve revealed plans to hold a content showcase on January 28th in Seattle, where the company says it will show off unrevealed software for its upcoming HTC Vive virtual reality headset ahead of the device’s April release date.
Some have speculated that this would be the perfect opportunity for Valve, HTC’s partner with the Vive, to reveal Half-Life 3 (or a new Portal title), a game the developer hasn’t discussed in years, but is widely assumed to be developing in secret, possibly for the HTC Vive.
But anyone hoping for a surprise Half-Life 3 reveal will be disappointed to hear that Chet Faliszek, a writer at Valve who has worked on both the Half-Life and Portal series, says the event is focused on highlighting upcoming third-party Vive experiences.
Just to clarify for everyone, the content showcase is about highlighting select 3rd party experiences. Valve is not showing content there.
— Chet Faliszek (@chetfaliszek) January 17, 2016
Given the Aperture Science SteamVR demo Valve and HTC have repeatedly shown off leading up to the Vive’s release, it’s expected that a new entry in the Portal series will make its way to the VR headset at some point in the future. At CES 2016 the company also revealed a new trailer for the Vive that featured Portal character Chell blowing up a wall, although the company declined to comment on the trailer in various interviews over the course of CES.
At CES 2016, Valve revealed a revamped version of the Vive called the Vive Pre. This final pre-release development build of HTC’s VR headset features a smaller, refined build and a front facing camera that improves the Vive’s innovative Chaperone system, which allows the device to map the room, and highlight objects/people via the Vive’s Room Scale tracking technology.
Pre-orders for the Vive are expected to launch in late February.