Half-Life 3 Unlikely to Happen According to Report

Half-Life 3 Unlikely to Happen According to Report

Half-Life 3 is unlikely to ever happen according to a recent report.

The report has emerged courtesy of Game Informer’s Andrew Reiner and contains an interview with a current or ex-Valve employee who talks candidly about the development, or lack thereof, of Half-Life 3.

Given how little information there has been about the game for many years, its interesting to read someone talking about the game without the lens of mythos that surrounds this particular title.

Nevertheless, Reiner states that although this individual is a trusted source he was unable to verify the information with someone else at Valve, therefore take everything written in the report with a grain of salt.

The main reasoning behind the lack of Half-Life 3 is Valve’s creative process according to the interviewee:

“Over the years, you’ve probably had many dozens of people within the studio as early as probably 2005 working on things that they would imagine from themselves as Half-Life 3 or Half-Life: Episode 3.

“If you talk to people there, you’re going to get mutually exclusive information about the project from them, and for each of those people, it is correct, but will be different for the next person you talk to.

“Those two individuals may have been working with the same project in mind, but never linked up internally to connect the pieces before it was scrapped or they moved on to a different project.”

While it seems some individuals at Valve may have envisioned a Half-Life 3, officially it was never on the table. Ideas and concepts for the game ranged from a single-player narrative game to more bizarre interpretations such as a real-time strategy game or a choice-driven game.

Half-Life 3

This scattershot approach meant that a project never fully developed and since then it has become harder to justify its creation:

“I don’t think there will be any more. But at any given moment, they make decisions as they come. If some people within Valve make something that they collectively feel is exciting, then it will happen.

“That’s going to be hard for that to happen now. Every time a Half-Life project gets some gravity and then collapses, it becomes harder for the next one to start up. Because the business changes so much, and there are so many other things to do, it just gets harder and harder.”

The source goes on to say that the furthest in development a new Half-Life game reached was probably around 30-40 people working on it at any one time.

Valve’s deafening silence regarding the game has led many fans and critics alike to believe the game simply isn’t coming, a sentiment that is echoed in this report:

“That’s why they won’t talk about it anymore. Every time they talk about it, the hunger comes back. That’s why they ignore it. The pain subsides with time.”

There’s certainly lots of interesting details in this report including how Valve has transitioned away from game development in recent years and focused on hardware and VR. Not to mention that Steam has been very successful for the company, recently crossing the 14 million threshold for concurrent users.

Although the information in the report is unverified, the full interview is certainly worth a read.

One thing that does come across though: it seems Half-Life fans shouldn’t expect any more from the series in the near or distant future.

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