Half-Life series writer Marc Liadlaw has spoken about his previous plans for the franchise and how the third instalment would not have been the end. While he no longer works at Valve, he was a major part of the series in the past and had knowledge of previous plans.
Speaking to Arcade Attack, Laidlaw explained that he has no idea if Half-Life 3 would ever see the light of day.
“They [the episodes] were all supposed to take the series to a point where I could step away from it and leave it to the next generation. I had hoped for a reset between HL2 and HL3 that was as dramatic as the shift between HL1 and HL2,” Laidlaw states. “I honestly don’t know if anyone else shared this goal, but it seemed important to me to give ultimate freedom to whoever inherited the series, with my own personal set of loose ends tied up to my satisfaction.”
According to the writer, each Half-Life instalment would have ended without any ultimate resolution, allowing the series to continue with new teams and writers in the future. This would have meant that Gordon Freeman would have been essentially trapped in a never ending cycle of cliffhangers with each successive game.
It’s unlikely that we’ll get to see Half-Life 3 anytime soon. The last entry in the franchise came in 2007 with the release of Half-Life 2: Episode 2. Since then Valve has only worked on a very limited number of their own games, including the likes of Portal, Left4Dead, and Dota 2. However, they have concentrated mainly on their Steam platform in recent times and it is currently unknown whether they are working on any upcoming games as of now.