Another year ticks over without any news about the development of the long, really long, far too long awaited Half-Life 3 from major developers and Steam distribution company, Valve Corporation.
And we're calling it, we're drawing a line in the sand. It's probably never going to to happen and we're just going to have to make our peace with that. Every half baked rumor and so called "leak" just brings up our hopes to dash them, and unless we're at the centre of a cruel trolling by Valve it's a safe bet to assume that it ain't gonna happen.
The debacle has been on-going for eight long years, and it currently looks like fans of the series aren't ever going to get a conclusion to the story of Gordon Freeman and Alyx Vance.
Valve CEO Gabe Newell has been very evasive over the years about whether or not we're ever going to see the game, but his recent comments haven't filled anyone with hope:
"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... 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."
Well screw you too Newell, it's not like we've been getting our hopes up for eight years or anything. Nope. We're cool.
But There's Still The Movie, Right?
So there's been rumors circulating about the possibility of making a Half-Life movie ever since sci-fi darling J. J. Abrams revealed that he was talking to Valve about the possibility of making a Half-Life and/or Portal movie, though he was careful to say that nothing was set in stone about the possibility:
"It's as real as anything in Hollywood ever gets. Which is that we are really talking to Valve, we are going to be bringing on a writer, we have a lot of very interesting ideas."
Aside from the fact that the main protagonist, Gordon Freeman, is the strong silent type, the Half-Life series would probably translate pretty well into a live action film. Sci-fi horror is on the resurgence recently, and Abrams is going from strength to strength from Star Trek to [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158).
But even Abrams is seemingly aware that historically video game to film adaptations have been pretty terrible and it's a big risk for a studio to take, especially with something as popular as the Half-Life series:
"And both a Portal and Half-Life movie are things I want to see. We're also aware of the cautionary tales of movies that became games and vice versa. Our goal here to is to treat the world Valve has created in both these properties like anyone would a book or some great story that comes from a pitch or original script — just to treat it with the respect they treat their games and their players with."
It's all sounding pretty exciting, right? Well... yeah, but the last we heard of this project was nearly three years ago, and there's been nothing since. So it seems premature to get any hopes up, as Kotaku have pointed out.
But Don't Despair Too Much!
Okay, so we might never get a Hollywood adaptation, but what do those guys know anyway?
Chariotdrive and Infectious Designer, who gave us the next best thing to Half-Life 3 in the form of the fan made short Enter The Freeman are currently in the process of creating an (un-official, non-for-profit) fan film entitled The Freeman Chronicles.
Oh, but fan made films are never as good I hear you say. Well, check out Enter The Freeman before you get too judgey. It's pretty impressive with headcrabs, the iconic crowbar and an incredibly convincing Gordon Freeman. And just in case you're not impressed yet, they made the whole thing for only $3000. Not bad.
Here's the official line from their Kickstarter, and you can check the page out here:
"'The Freeman Chronicles' is a series based on the Half-Life video game. Chariotdrive and Infectious Designer - creators of numerous fan films based in the Half-Life universe - joined forces to create it.
We have chosen to do this because we are huge fans of Half-Life. The thrill for us is bringing one of the greatest video game characters to life. And we're not going to profit in any way! It's just for fans and anyone that enjoys action or horror films.
We have a core story around Gordon Freeman, our protagonist, and the Commander of the HECU unit as the main antagonist, filled with terrifying monsters from Xen and ruthless HECU soldiers. It fits right in between Gordon reaching the surface and heading to the Lambda complex...you get to experience a sort of lost episode from the video game."