For many of us, GDC earlier this year was a glimmering sign of hope. Valve was hosting a conference on March 3rd, at 3 o'clock and the internet went wild. Sadly, Gordon Freeman was nowhere to be found. Source Engine 2 was indeed unveiled at the event, but our glorious Half-Life 3 received no attention. On March 19th however, Gabe Newell gave a rare interview in which he mentioned the Half-Life series; though he wasn't exactly very positive.
Newell is constantly referencing the transformation that Valve has undergone since the days of [Half-Life](movie:765408) . It's a remarkably different company now, one that prides itself on being a launchpad for games all over the world. Steam has taken up a lot of time that Valve could have devoted to developing games, but it was their priority and its transformed the gaming world.
Valve & Multiplayer Games
Gabe Newell loves the interaction that multiplayer games can bring. He talks about a vibrant community of fans, one that keeps the light of a video game burning for years after its release. Singleplayer campaigns don't exactly eclipse this involvement, and they seemed to have lost their appeal for Valve's creator. But that's not to say that Half-Life 3 was cancelled or will never exist...right?
The kind of Half-Life 3 that we've dreamt of, according to Newell on the side here, will almost likely never come to pass - the Half-Life 3 we've imagined for so long is gone forever. But that's not to say that we'll never see the story of Gordon Freeman and Alyx pick up from where we left them.
Newell stated that Portal 2 was going to be the very last straightforward singleplayer game they'd ever make. If Half-Life 3 ever does arrive, it's going to look just like this! And while that's not exactly what we've been expecting, it may be worth the wait.
Half-Life 3 A Multiplayer?
"But you know if you want to do another Half-Life game and you want to ignore everything we've learned in shipping Portal 2 and in shipping all the updates on the multiplayer side, that seems like a bad choice," Newell continued. "So we'll keep moving forward. But that doesn't necessarily always mean what people are worried that it might mean."
This is the glimmer of hope that we've been looking for. While this news seems pessimistic towards the idea of Half-Life 3, Newell wants to assure us that it's not the bad news we thought was coming. Half-Life 3 may very well be in the works, but it'll be wildly different from anything we thought Valve would do with it. Personally, that sounds a lot more exciting.
I can imagine us seeing a Half-Life multiplayer in the future, not exactly a MOBA or anything like that. Could we see something like Left 4 Dead? Or are Valve going to move to a new genre for Half-Life 3, one that they've yet to explore? Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!