Half-Life 3: Valve Intimate Delay Caused by Development Issues
Fact number 1: The Half-Life series has tons of fans. Fact number 2: There just hasn’t been much news about the highly anticipated and hoped-for Half-life 3 installment. Fact number 3: Many game fans are so starved for half-life 3 news that they would jump at anything. Case in point, someone posted a picture of a Half-life logo onion ring on Reddit and it got its fair share of gawkers.
Add these facts together and you get a lot of frustrations and dashed hopes in the face of developer Valve’s continuing silence about Half-Life 3. The last installment of the series dropped 5 years ago. 5 years! That’s longer than many marriages or prison sentences. Still, official pronouncements on the series has been few and far between. Most recently, in an interview with Gabe Newell, the head honcho of Valve, there were some hints dropped about the prospects of a Half-life 3. Of course, the man did not mention Half-Life 3 by name or even confirm if the game is being developed. Regardless, the interview was illustrative because it was done in the context of talking about a current Valve project code named “Ricochet 2″. Many fans speculate that this project is Half-Life 3 but there is really no way to know. Still, Newell dropped some jewels regarding the project that might explain the long way for HL3. He said that the team kept changing their minds while they are developing the project. He mentioned that given the differing effects official pronouncements give, it is better to keep silent about pre-release issues. This is fairer to the developers’ fans than having to deal with pre-release falsehoods.
Given the twists and turns and unpredictability of development, issuing information about the process might drive more people crazy than just by being quiet. He does have a point but still, the silence is deafening. Just say YES or NO to whether HL3 is being developed, Gabe. No need for details. Just yes or no will suffice.