Half-Life 3 could still happen hints Valve
Valve has implied that they have plans for more Half-Life games and that Half-Life: Alyx is ‘not the end of it’.
For over a decade now the thought of a new Half-Life game has seemed an impossible dream, but now that it’s real some fans are still upset, and understandably so.
Half-Life: Alyx is only being released as a VR game on PC, which means many will never get a chance to experience it. But according to developer Valve it won’t necessarily be the last entry in the series.
‘We absolutely see Half-Life: Alyx as our return to this world, not the end of it’, said Valve’s Robin Walker in an interview with Game Informer.
‘Half-Life means a lot to us, and it’s been incredibly rewarding to refamiliarise ourselves with its characters, setting, and mechanics’, he added.
‘There are Half-Life: Alyx team members who have been at Valve since Half-Life 2, and quite a few who go back to the original Half-Life. There are also people on the team for whom Half-Life: Alyx is their first time working on this series at all – and many of them certainly hope it’s not the last.’
As you can see, that’s not very specific and if there’s anything fans have learned in the last 16 years, since the release of Half-Life 2, it’s to not believe a word Valve says until a game is actually released.
However, Walker does also confirm that while Half-Life: Alyx is a prequel it will still, somehow, provide closure to the end of Half-Life 2: Episode Two.
‘It’s a critical part of the larger story, and it does push that story forward’, he says of Half-Life: Alyx, before adding: ‘It’s not a bad idea for players to have refreshed themselves on the events of Episode Two before starting Half-Life: Alyx’
Leaving Episode Two on a cliffhanger, which most people will have forgotten the details of by now – if they ever knew about it at all – has been one of several difficulties with making a new Half-Life this long after the last one.
Although whether it’s going to be resolved through time travel or simply a story revelation is unclear. The G-Man character does seem to have the ability to control movement between dimensions though, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to find out he can also manipulate time.
It all still falls very short of saying Half-Life 3 is really happening, but that does seem to be the implication. Let’s just hope it doesn’t take another 16 years to happen…
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