Fallout 4 has become a real and tangible thing all within the space of a few months. Bethesda handled the announcement of the sequel like absolute pros and we can't wait to get our hands on it this November. But of course, when you finally see a game emerge from legend and into reality, you can't help but think of Half-Life 3. Valve have been notoriously secretive and resentful of the idea, to the extent that I, along with a lot of other gamers, am ready to give up.
Left 4 Dead 3 is a different matter, and I'm sure that's something that someone is going to create one day, maybe not even Valve. But when it comes to the Half-Life franchise, I wonder whether we'll ever see Gordon Freeman make an appearance in Valve's offices ever again. Fallout 4 certainly gave us hope for the future, but Half-Life 3 seems to need a lot more than hope.
Could Valve Make Left 4 Dead 3 & Half-Life 3?
"The only reason we'd go back and do like a super classic kind of product is if a whole bunch of people just internally at Valve said they wanted to do it and had a reasonable explanation for why [they did]." - Gabe Newell on Half-Life 3
Listening to Gabe Newell talk about Half-Life 3 doesn't exactly inspire confidence. The man and the team at Valve seemed to have moved quite far beyond the frameworks that surrounded the Half-Life series and even Portal 2. Gabe said that Portal 2 was to be the last singleplayer-focused game they'd ever make. They love the interactions they get from massive online games and why wouldn't they when their fans are so supportive?
While stabbing all Half-Life fans in the heart, Gabe also tried to sooth the pain. Half-Life 3 may come to pass one day, but it's not going to be in the form that we expect it to be. To be honest, I'm tired of waiting. Fallout 4 is ours now, and though a completely different kind of game, there's just so much to look forward to for the next few years in Video Games to be worrying about Freeman.
Would You Pick Half-Life 3 Over Left 4 Dead 3?
I sure wouldn't. But I suppose that's because Left 4 Dead 2 still has so much joy left in it. I suppose that's what Valve love about multiplayer games. They can have an active community for literally years, with the constant potential for new players. Half-Life is of course replay-able, but it is a fixed, linear experience.
In any case, I'd love to hear your opinions on the future of Half-Life 3 and Left 4 Dead 3. Are Valve still interested in the idea? Will they be in any way similar to what we expect from them? We can't really say. But having been gifted Fallout 4 thanks to Bethesda this year, everything feels possible!