ByKatie Granger, writer at
MP Staff Writer, come to bargain.
Katie Granger

Let's be honest, at this point is there any game that could live up to the expectations set for Half-Life 3? It's almost understandable that Valve is hesitant to commit to a release date for the third installment in the well loved Half-Life series. It's incredibly high risk for them, delivering anything short of a gaming masterpiece would be pretty disastrous at this juncture.

Released eight years ago now, the last installment in the series left us on yet another cliffhanger in the story of Gordon Freeman and since then fans have scoured the Internet and constantly harangued Newell for any information about the next installment in the Half-Life franchise, despite the Valve Managing Director's constant side-stepping of the question.

Half-Life 3 concept art by Shane Baxley
Half-Life 3 concept art by Shane Baxley

In an interview back in March, the billion-dollar Valve CEO, Gabe Newell, was again asked the million-dollar question regarding the proposed sequel to Half-Life 2: Episode 2.

His response to the most recent round of questioning was again less than optimistic:

"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...
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. So we'll keep moving forward. But that doesn't necessarily always mean what people are worried that it might mean."

Okay, so he didn't deny that Half-Life 3 will ever see the light of day, but he doesn't sound particularly enthused about it either, right? We're not holding our breath either way.

Half-Life 3 concept art by Shane Baxley
Half-Life 3 concept art by Shane Baxley

It's been widely speculated that the reason there's little news on the Half-Life 3 front is because Valve is too busy making huge profits from their massively successful Steam service and their other popular franchises such as DOTA 2. This is a feeling that Newell's comments regarding Portal 2 and multi-player updates certainly seem to chime with, making it less likely that we'll ever see Half-Life 3 making it through to the light of day. Sigh.

In fact, the closest we've gotten so far is through the beautiful fan-made concept art of Black Ops III designer Shane Baxley. Like us, Baxley has clearly gotten tired of waiting around for Half-Life 3, the difference being that he's decided to take certain matters into his own hands, creating a series of concept images centering around an epic redesign of Alyx Vance's faithful robot, Dog.

Dog's got some upgrades this time round...
Dog's got some upgrades this time round...

Sure, it's not much. But it's more than we've gotten from Valve so far.

The franchise's main character only appears in one of Baxter's images, but it's perhaps the most impressive of the lot; featuring Gordon Freeman and Dog silhouetted against an impressively apocalyptic sky, iconic crowbar in hand.

As far as the future of the Half-Life series itself stands, right now it pretty much boils down to one of two things: either Valve is stoking the hype flames in the run up to making a huge announcement regarding the future of the series or they're just teasing fans.

Either way, it's past time to make a decision Valve, please?


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