Ah, it seems only yesterday that we celebrated the tenth anniversary of Half-Life 2: Episode 3original announcement. But as we approach 14 years since the promise of a… half-life with the song “3” in the title, the upcoming release of the VR-exclusive prequel Half-life: Alyx proved that Valve hasn’t completely forgotten about the franchise.
What is it all about? alyx mean for the long-delayed vision of an honest-to-goodness Half-Life 3† Game Informer posed the same question to Valve’s Robin Walker in a recent interview, and the answer, while vague, is the clearest indication in years that Valve hasn’t given up on the idea of a fair “threequel.”
half-life means a lot to us, and it was incredibly rewarding to reacquaint ourselves with the characters, setting, and mechanics. There are Half-life: Alyx team members who have been with Valve since then Half-life 2and quite a few that go back to the original half-life† There are also people in the team for whom Half-life: Alyx is their first time working on this series – and many of them certainly hope it won’t be the last. We definitely see Half-life: Alyx as our return to this world, not its end.
Walker’s discussion of the current composition of the Half-life: Alyx team is important to note here. Long time half-life writer Marc Laidlaw left the company in 2016 (before sharing a potential) Half-Life 3 plot summary on his blog), followed by the departure of series writers Erik Wolpaw and Chet Faliszek the following year. Animator Doug Wood and senior engineer Ken Birdwell also left the company in 2016, completing a handful of other notable departures since the last time Valve met a half-life game.
There are, of course, hundreds of other employees at Valve, and the company’s flat hierarchy makes it hard to argue that a single developer is the only key to what’s created. half-life special. But this departure, and the mere prolonged passage of time, suggest that any return to the series for a “real” Half-Life 3 may end up feeling very different from what came before.
In any case, until Valve gives us something even more concrete, we’re still looking for even the tiniest hints that a numbered sequel to Half-life 2 Is in the making. In the meantime, feel free to rate unrelated games and create playable fanfiction if it makes you feel better.
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