Valve has maintained their extraordinary silence on the development and release date of Half-Life 3. Gabe Newell and the team haven't said a word about the potential PC, PS4 and Xbox One title. But if they suddenly announced its release date, and it was an MMO, would you play it?!
Half-Life 2 represents the epitome of the singleplayer, first person experience. Its narrative, characters and innovative gameplay are still used as a reference point for modern games. But, with Valve having already expressed their desire to no longer make a purely singleplayer experience, could they release Half-Life 3 as a multiplayer game, and if they did, would your wait have been in vain?!
Valve's Half-Life 3 - MMO on PC, Xbox One & PS4
This quote comes from Gabe Newell himself when asked about the future of the gaming industry. Of course, it makes a lot of sense. Publishers are going to make a lot more money off a product that they can continuously release new online features for and players also want the game to have a life after the credits roll. GTA V is the best example at the moment, with its Online basically presenting us with GTA 6.
But if Valve made the move towards a complete online experience with Half-Life 3 in the form of, dare I say it, Destiny...would you be interested in playing as Gordon Freeman once more?
Valve has always celebrated the communities they've received from their large online experiences. There are tons of fans that stay with the game and interact with its online features for literally years, it allows for the games to continue to possess an unpredictable nature. But a complete MMO experience for the greatest singleplayer game of all time?
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Imagine that we are all now tasked with going against the Combine, who are in hot pursuit of the Borealis. They know where it is now. They know what it can do, and what if offers them; a way off Earth, a way to communicate with the Combine Overworld, and a way to destroy our planet forever. Freeman is no longer alone in this fight as he is joined by uprising individuals who journey to destroy the combine and uncover the secrets hidden by the G-Man.
Does that feel right to you? The large appeal of Half-Life was that we embodied a faceless and emotionless character. WE were Freeman and WE were the hero of the story. Valve are going to want to preserve that aspect of the game, but imagine a Half-Life 3 with a combined effort from players, as we all must work together to overcome this great threat!
Personally, I see no appeal in [Half-Life](movie:765408) 3 becoming an entirely online experience. Of course, I understand Newell's point with regards to singleplayer experiences, but let Half-Life 3 be their last singleplayer focus. Multiplayer elements attached are no issue, but to remove the ability to play Half-Life 3 the way we used to would feel wrong.
So, what do you say? Would you be a fan of Valve making the move towards an MMO framework for Half-Life 3? Would you feel cheated after having waited for all of these long years? Let us know what you think in the comments below! Happy gaming!