We learned a bit more about Half-Life: Alyx today, For one thing, it’s confirmed to not be Half-Life 3, not that anyone expected it to be. It takes place between the first and second Half-Life games.
It’s been one of the most requested sequels of all time, from a series tragically left hanging back in the early 2000s. And now that Shenmue 3 is finally here, we can get to that other one. Valve took the occasion to announce an in-development continuation of Half-Life…sort of.
Marc Laidlaw was a writer at Valve back when they were making Half-Life games. He worked on the plotline for the first Half-Life, its sequel, and the two follow-up chapters. Valve also planned a third post-HL2 chapter that, for whatever reason, was never released, leaving the tale of Gordon Freeman on a cliffhanger, unresolved to this day.
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.
Per a report from Polygon, May 24, 2016 marks 10 years from the day Valve first announced the next installment of the Half-Life franchise Half-Life 2: Episode 3. The problem? That announcement was made 10 years ago on this date, and the game never materialized. Half-Life: Episode 3 was announced by Valve head Gabe Newell, and it was meant to be the finale to the Half-Life trilogy.
In 2013 JJ Abrams, the most prolific director in Hollywood today, announced he was throwing on his pile movies based on Valve’s Half-Life and Portal games. We haven’t heard anything since, and video game movies disappear into the void all the time, as most Hollywood projects tend to.
According to a report by Polygon, it looks like longtime Half-Life video game writer, Marc Laidlaw, has retired from game production and Valve Software. In terms of the popular Half-Life franchise, Laidlaw wrote the story for Half-Life, Half-Life 2 and all its expansions. The revelation after an e-mail from Laidlaw on his departure from Valve was authenticated and posted onto the Half-Life Reddit.
Half-Life 3 and a Left 4 Dead sequel are in development according to Counter-Strike creator and former Valve employee Minh “Gooseman” Le in an interview in a goRGNtv podcast earlier today.
Yesterday, Black Mesa Modification Team released the first part of their Half-Life revamp. For those of you who haven’t been keeping up on your Half-Life news (I know, I know. What news? We never get any news…) Black Mesa, a project in Source, is an attempt to upgrade the original, revolutionary Half-Life to the utmost potential of the Source engine. It promises a graphics upgrade making the game far more approachable for the modern gaming crowd, as well as better physics and lighting.
In the past, Valve has been known for trolling. The image below is of a supposed Valve employee who has logged 28.8 hours in two weeks into a game named “Half-Life 3:indev”. (more…)
It seems as though the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive beta will be available sometime tomorrow to go along with the beta update.