A short while ago, The Know revealed to us the current state of Half-Life 3 within the more modern offices of Valve. This developer has transformed since the early days of Half-Life. With DOTA 2, Counter Strike GO, and Team Fortress 2, along with all third-party sales through Steam bringing in an estimated three quarters of a billion dollars a year, this company sees no viable reason to release a semi-complete Half-Life 3.
The game has allegedly been in production for years. The story is complete and a lot of the game has been completed. However, with a skeleton crew of about ten people currently working on the game, Valve is clearly nowhere near interested in releasing it in anytime soon. An additional reason that The Know's anonymous source gave for Valve's unwillingness to release the game was the gaming community itself. All developers eyes were on Bioware following the release of Mass Effect 3.
Everyone witnessed the vehement backlash towards the game's ending and obviously no one wanted to repeat the mistake. If Half-Life 3 doesn't live up to the expectations we have for it - based on previous similar situations - we can expect individuals in the gaming community to respond with hatred, death threats, viscous comments and general idiocy. Why risk such a response towards Half-Life 3? And would you want to risk the same backlash against Left 4 Dead 3 if you were in the same position?
Is Left 4 Dead 3 in the Same Position as Half-Life 3?
The idea of Left 4 Dead 3 is very different to that of Half-Life 3. The latter was to wrap up countless loose ends that Half-Life 2: Episode 2 left unanswered. It was to be the continuation of what many consider to be the best game ever released for PC. The Left 4 Dead series has always represented something very different. Sure, there have been story-lines for 1 and 2, but it's not why we play the Left 4 Dead games. Naturally we loved it for its multiplayer.
Valve, and particularly Gabe Newell, have always vocalised their love for online games. The community that gathers around a multiplayer title is far more rewarding in their eyes. It can bring life to a title for years, a life that single player campaigns could never really enjoy. Therefore, this is why we've seen them move into the likes of DOTA 2 and by proxy, E-sports. Gabe Newell stated that Portal 2 was to be their final single player game, multiplayer is where their future lies. By this fact alone, I think that Left 4 Dead 3 is exempt from certain issues that plagues the release of Half-Life 3.
Could Valve Give Left 4 Dead 3 A Release Date?
There's no expectations that we can place on Left 4 Dead 3 that can match those we have for Half-Life 3. If Valve expand on what they've given us before along with a decent story, interesting characters and fun multiplayer interaction, Left 4 Dead 3 will be fine. We all say that Valve can't count to 3, but I think in terms of releasing Half-Life 3 or Left 4 Dead 3, the latter stands a much better chance of receiving a release date. Let us know what you think of all of this in the comments below!