A little while back, we discovered the awful truth about Half-Life 3: it will never get a release date. At least according to an insider from within the walls of Valve. Allegedly, Half-Life 3 has been in development for years, however the crew that are currently working on the project amounts to about 10 people. AKA, Valve doesn't care about continuing Half-Life.
There were two main reasons for this revelation. One, that Valve is making so much money from Steam, DOTA 2, Team Fortress 2 and Counter Strike GO alone - an approximate three quarters of a billion dollars a year - that it doesn't make financial sense to invest in developing the product. The second reason was that hype is so high for the game and certain gamers react so viciously when disappointed, that Valve just don't want to have to deal with the almost inevitable backlash.
Will Half-Life 3 Really See A Release Date?
"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
There are a lot of assholes in the gaming world - people who've threatened the lives of developers in an attempt to coerce them into giving them what they feel they deserve. It's sick and it's unbearably sad, and unfortunately we've seen it make developers actually nervous about releasing a game. Valve has cited Mass Effect 3 as the turning point for them. After they witnesses the backlash against its ending, despite the series being adored by fans, they realised they didn't want that to happen to Half-Life.
Half-Life 3 may well have been killed by the people who want it the most. But then, these hateful people aren't representative of the entire gaming community - and we're so thankful for that! But it does seem like Valve are going to hold off on that release date for a very long time.
Does This News Mean We Should Stop Caring About Half-Life 3?
After this news? Probably. There's nothing we can really do about Valve's stance on Half-Life 3. The game is in development, the story is completed, but if Valve aren't willing to publish it, what can we do? Certain gamers aren't going to stop ruining things for other people, and we're not going to stop giving Valve money through steam and micro-transactions. Half-Life 3 may be well and truly dead.
Where do you stand on the news? Do you think we'll ever be able to change the status of one of the most requested games of all time? Even though its unlikely, I'm sure we'll all still dream of seeing Gordon Freeman return for one last adventure. Let us know what you think in the comments below!