Valve's Half-Life 3 has resurfaced in the past few days, but not exactly in the form that fans desired. The wonderful people over at The Know reported on the current state of the Valve corporation and the idea of releasing Half-Life 3, aka Half-Life 2: Episode 3. Unfortunately, as they lamented in their own video which you can check out here, it doesn't look like the continuation of Gordon Freeman's story arc is something the company is focusing on.
There were a number of reasons for this, but the two that were referenced by the anonymous source within Valve were as follows; financial success and community backlash. We're talking about a company that makes close to a billion dollars a year from third-party sales through Steam and micro-transactions in just three of their own IPs; Team Frotress 2, Counter Strike: Global Offensive and DOTA 2. Does Half-Life 3 make sense anymore in 2015?
Half-Life 3 Will Never See A Release Date According to New Rumors
So yes, Half-Life 3 has been in development for years. It does exist in some form and there are actually people working on it. Unfortunately, the team that is doing so is comprised of less individuals than a football team. Judging by these numbers alone, it seems painfully clear that Valve's focus is in now way directed towards releasing Half-Life 3. As a company, they're making so much safe money with games they developed years ago, they've no need to create new ones anymore, especially after the release of DOTA 2. But there's one other reason that Valve has seemingly refused to release or invest time into Half-lIfe 3: Mass Effect, or to be more specific, Mass Effect 3.
"So does this aspect of the story make sense? It's not really a question of whether it's true or not, it's more understanding that Valve believes that hype levels are so high around Half-Life 3 and that gamers act so hateful when they're disappointed that there's no point in really trying to release the game." - The Know
I completely understand where they're coming from and the example of Mass Effect 3 is an apt one. The ending to that game sparked so much controversy that Bioware were almost coerced by the community to make a new one. It's frightening to think that gamers can feel that entitled to something they haven't developed but I suppose it's the world we live in today. Valve wanted to avoid such pressure and controversy, particularly seeing as they're doing just fine without Half-Life 3.
Is This True News About Half-Life 3 Coming From The Know?
Certain gamers have often used docking, and death threats in the past to intimidate developers into giving them what they feel they deserve. We've seen bomb scares that have grounded flights, individuals quit their jobs due to pressure and family members of developers threatened. It's a shameful aspect of the art form that I love and we can't see the attitude improving in the future.
Therefore, I don't think it's a question of whether The Know are telling the truth or not - even though they clearly are - because everything that they've stated in their video makes abundant sense. If we put ourselves in Valve's position we'd likely make the same move too. Yes, they've advocated for their fan base in the past, but just look at how quickly they turned on Gabe Newell after they brought in paid mods for Skyrim (which was admittedly poorly handled).
Valve don't want death threats, simple as that. If didn't live up to the conceptions that certain asshole individuals have placed upon the sequel, they would send them too. And seriously, who wants death threats?! Therefore, even though a version of Half-Life 3 does actually exist in some capacity, seeing a release date after its name seems more and more unlikely.
What do you think guys? What's your opinion on The Know and this devastating news? Let us know what you think in the comments below!