Half-Life 3 is the greakiểm tra mystery in PC gaming. More intriguing than the actual magic that makes your GPU work, and more elusive than a good movie tie-in game, so what is the current state of Half-Life 3?

The Half-Life hiatus has finally ended, after a rumour that a VR Half-Life game is in the works, we have sầu confirmation of Valve’s third full-length entry in the series, Half-Life: Alyx. Although it’s still unclear on what this means for Half-Life 3 (or if this is even Half-Life 3) and PC players, Half-life: Alyx launched in March, 20trăng tròn, & will hopefully open the doors for more Half-Life in the not too distant future.

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So, what is Half-Life 3, especially now Half-Life: Alyx has been released? Over the years there have been two quite different answers – it’s either a collection of three short, episodic games – two of which have already been released – or it’s a full-length sequel to both Half-Life 2 & its expansions. Here’s the story of Half-Life 3 so far, leading up khổng lồ thereleaseof Half-Life: Alyx.

Half-Life 3: the story so far

Bachồng in 2006, as Half-Life 2: Episode One released, Valve trùm Gabe Newell referred lớn Episodes 1-3 as being Half-Life 3. “Probably a better name for it would have been Half Life 3: Episode One,” he admitted during an interview with Eurogame thủ. He went on khổng lồ explain that after the six year wait for Half-Life 2, Valve sầu didn’t want players to go through another similar experience. Instead, the next game in the saga was khổng lồ span three smaller episodes that would be released with far higher frequency.

“This is what we’re trying instead of the large monolithic release. Let’s take what we would ordinarily vì chưng and break it up into three pieces and see,” Newell said.

Let’s take what we would ordinarily do & break it up into lớn pieces

Gabe Newell

And the format worked, almost. Half-Life 2: Episode One suffered a delay, but released just two years after Half-Life 2’s 2004 debut. Episode Two promptly arrived the following year in 2007.

During that timethe general opinion on Episode Three has changed. If Valve sầu has been working on a Half-Life 3 game all this time, it’s logical to presume that Episode Three is no more, và a full-size Half-Life 3 game is now what to expect. Valve sầu couldn’t possibly release a four-hour episode lớn an audience that’s spent almost a decade in waiting, could it?


Half-Life 3 concept art

2012 saw the leak of a series of concept art images reportedly drawn for Half-Life 2: Episode Three. Ahy vọng them were various drawings of Alyx Vance, men wearing cold weather gear, và a return to lớn Xen. The art was acquired by the fan trang web ValveTime, who claimed the images were from a 2008 project. Concept art is generally part of the pre-production process however, so it’s not an indication that the third episode ever even reached a greybox build.


Half-Life 2: Episode Four – Return to lớn Ravenholm

While the concept art leak helps keep the candle of hope burning, the story of Return to lớn Ravenholm offers an opposite viewpoint. Between 2006 và 2008 Arkane, the studio behind Dishonored 2, was developing Half-Life 2: Episode Four. Entitled ‘Return to lớn Ravenholm’, it was to put the player in control of a new character & revisit the zombie-infested titular town during a period before Episode Two’s conclusion.

Valve pulled the plug on it, though. A report from ValveTime explains that the company felt the episode couldn’t introduce anything new due to the setting constraints, this could be why Valve eventually chose VR as the platsize for Half-Life: Alyx a decade later. Valve sầu says that the process of creating a VR game, has urged the studio to lớn “explore new ways khổng lồ tell stories with these characters & this world, và we’ve sầu discovered a lot of new gameplay experiences that go beyond what we’ve been able to lớn do before.”


“There’s no such thing as Half-Life 3”

In the opening month of 2017, trò chơi Informer recorded a podcast & published an article containing some revealing information from a single, anonymous source within Valve sầu. By this point in the story you won’t be too surprised to lớn read the words “There is no such thing as Half-Life 3,” but that’s exactly what was said by GI’s informant.

Every time a Half-Life project collapses, it becomes harder for the next one to start up

Anonymous source

Valve sầu has a ‘flat’ structure, meaning there’s no real management, just a few influencing personalities. Ahy vọng them is company co-founder và president Gabe Newell. trò chơi Informer’s source seems to suggest that Newell is not interested in making Half-Life 3.

“Every time a Half-Life project gets some gravity & then collapses, it becomes harder for the next one lớn start up,” said the informant.

Over the years there have been some Half-Life 3 prototypes, & the source says they have sầu been more inventive than you’d imagine. According khổng lồ the trò chơi Informer podcast, one was an RTS, while another was a riff on adventure games, done with live-action actors.

But those projects appear to be a thing of the past now. trò chơi Informer’s executive editor Andrew Reiner said on the podcast “I reached out khổng lồ ten to lớn 15 people who worked for the company & they just didn’t want lớn talk about it all. Dead kết thúc after dead over after dead kết thúc.” He suggested that Valve is now fed up of being asked about it.

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In March 2017, trang web ValveTime released images from a leaked phối of files that were made for the Half-Life 2 episodes. Among mỏi them were images of a snow-covered Ravenholm maps that included puzzles, scripted sequences, & fights. ValveTime noted that this wintery level was not related khổng lồ Arkane’s Episode Four, but was part of another cancelled episode that was being developed by Junction Point Studios in late 2005.

The bản đồ implies that the player would have sầu crashed into a warehouse in a gondola. When awaking from the incident, two new characters – Duncan và Scooter – would have aided them. Rebels và Combine soldiers would be fighting in the streets. The episode would have sầu included a new physics weapon – the Magnet Gun – và objects in the map have magnetic fields.

The kicker of this story is that Junction Pointwas headed up by legendary designer Warren Spector, the man behind Deus Ex. The now-closed studio was started by ex-Ion Storm employees, including Spector và Art Min. Alas, we can only guess at the kind of Half-Life game such minds would have made.

Half-Life 2: Episode 3’s cliffhanger

Valve’s long-term writer Marc Laidlaw left the company in January 2017. Several months after his departure he gave an interview to Arcade Attaông xã. Discussing Half-Life 3, Laidlaw explained that the game would likely have sầu ended on a mystery in much the same way as Episode 2. “I will say that I expected every instalment would end without resolution, forever và ever…” he said.

Discussing specifically Episode 3 (it would appear that internally Valve was still considering the next game as part of the Half-Life 2 saga & not a fresh game), Laidlaw said: “My intention was that Ep3 would simply tie up the plot threads that were particular to HL2. But it would still over like HL1 and HL2, with Gordon in an indeterminate space, on hold, waiting for the next game khổng lồ begin. So one cliffhanger after another.”

Half-Life 2: Episode 3 story revealed

A few months after taking part in the Arcade Attaông chồng interview, Marc Laidlaw published a short story on his blog in the guise of fanfiction. Told from the point of view of “Gertie Fremont” và featuring gender-switched versions of the Half-Life 2 cast, it’s a tongue-in-cheek method of revealing Laidlaw’s story for Episode 3.

So what would have happened after Episode 2? Alyx và Gordon bury Eli Vance, và along with Dr. Mossman head khổng lồ Antarctica via seaplane in tìm kiếm of the Borealis. After being shot down & spending time traversing the icy wastes, the team finally discovers the time-and-dimension shifting ship. They manage to lớn board it, & fight their way through the decks as the entire ship phases through several realities. These include the Seven Hour War, the far future of the Half-Life universe, & even a glimpse of the Combine homeworld.

With the ship captured, a fight breaks out between Alyx & Mossman. Alyx intends khổng lồ use the Borealis as a makeshift time-missile battering ram, while Mossman believes it will be useful for the Resistance. The argument results in Alyx killing Mossman, và so Gordon goes along with the battering ram idea. The plan is a suicide mission, and as the Borealis is about lớn collide with what is clearly an indestructible Dyson Sphere that it will have sầu zero effect on, the G-Man shows up, saves Alyx, & leaves Gordon lớn his doom. Thankfully the Vortigaunts have sầu other plans, and lift Gordon out of time & space, only khổng lồ dump hyên ổn back in the Half-Life timeline many years into lớn the future.

It sounds incredibly Half-Life, with sequences lượt thích the Borealis fight appearing akin khổng lồ Titanfall 2’s Effect and Cause mission, albeit devised years before. It’s easy to lớn see why, baông xã in 2008, this could have sầu been considered a technical challenge too far. Its publication also feels like an admission that Episode 3 will never happen. It’s nice to lớn know what we missed out on, though.

Perhaps not entirely surprisingly, fans didn’t take the news well, with Valve getting the brunt of their ire. Some people took khổng lồ Dota 2’s user Review khổng lồ express their displeasure that Valve ‘killed’ Half-Life 3 in exchange for their highly successful MOBA. Comments from negative reviewers on the Dota 2 Steam page added in the days after Laidlaw’s blog post include: “This game is very good. But Half-Life is better,” “Negative sầu nhận xét in memory of half life 3,” “Not only is this game a miserable bore, it killed Valve’s creativity và eliminated any need lớn finish the Half-Life series. Thanks Gabe!”

Is Half-Life 3 even possible?

Is Half-Life 3 even possible anymore? Especially after the announcement of Half-Life: Alyx. With the return of the Half-Life series, fans are asking what this means for the future of Half-Life, and the possibility of Half-Life 3.

Clearly, the answer is yes. Half-Life: Alyx is a full-length game, and is roughly 15 hours long. With gorgeous new 2019-friendly assets, a full cast of voices, và practically everything else that you need lớn make a triple-A game now, there’s no denying that if Valve sầu can still make a game lượt thích Alyx, then they can still make a proper sequel to lớn Half-Life 2.

The Valve we know today is a very different company to lớn the one that released Half-Life 2. In an interview with Develop in 2011, Newell said: “With episodes, I think we accelerated the model và shortened development cycles with it. If you look at Team Fortress 2, that’s what we now think is the best Model for what we’ve sầu been doing. Our updates và release Model keeps on getting shorter và shorter.”

Half-Life 3 release date

Until the words ‘Half-Life 3 confirmed’ stop being a meme, a release date for the game is nothing but a pipe dream,although Valve’s VR exclusive Half-Life: Alyxis out now. In a recent interview with Geoff Keighley, Valve respond lớn the question about why the VR game, Half-Life: Alyx isn’t Half-Life 3, dev Robin Walker says, “In all honesty, baông xã in 2016 when we started this, Half-Life was just terrifying. Half-Life 3 a terrifyingly daunting prospect, và I think khổng lồ some extent, VR was a way we could fool ourselves into believing we had a way to bởi this.”

Half-Life 3 VR

Each Half-Life has seen something revolutionary introduced inlớn gaming. The first title offered previously unseen levels of narrative sầu immersion, while the sequel pioneered realistic physical object behaviour, empowering the player lớn use physics as a puzzle-solving device và a weapon. Following that pattern, it seemed plausible that Half-Life 3 could be developed for VR and although the newlyreleased Half-Life: Alyx is a VR only prequel lớn the events of Half-Life 2, it hasn’t been branded as the third episode or third entry into the series.

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So yes, Half-Life: Alyx is VR, but we’ve no idea if Half-Life 3 (whatever that is) will be exclusive lớn VR, too.

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