Because it is a day that ends in Y, another rumour has surfaced regarding the the one game we are all still desperately hoping will, at some point, see the light of day. According to Youtube channel, The Know, the script for Half-Life 3 has actually been completed and although it is still technically development by a fairly small crew, Valve has absolutely no intention of releasing it. According to The Know’s anonymous source at Valve, they are afraid of releasing a less than perfect game that would draw the ire of the internet beast and negatively impact on their success with Steam. In response to the rumour, a redditor contacted Valve for some clarification and Marc Laidlow wrote it off as mere trolling.
Anonymous sources have been posting speculation masquerading as inside knowledge since the Half-Life 1 delay in 1997. If it’s any comfort, please rest assured that in my experience at Valve, fear is the last thing that would ever drive a decision about what to work on.
In regards to the rumour that the script was complete:
There’s a misunderstanding that I’ve always tried to address straight on when this question comes up, which is that a Half-Life story can somehow exist outside of a game. It can’t. The story is created through the process of trying to figure out how to best use the features of the engine within the interesting set of constraints it poses. The story is a part of the game. It doesn’t exist as a separate script that is handed off to game designers which they are expected to somehow make compelling through puzzles and combat…the story develops while trying to solve the problem of how to make a fun game. It’s like saying “why don’t you write a sonnet that’s a novel?” The Half-Life story is really only as good as the game that let’s you play it.
So to make a long story short, and your Monday even longer, we won’t be getting Half-Life 3 any time soon. Shocker, right?