Many, like myself, remember playing Half-Life or at least Half-Life 2. The gameplay mechanics where good, and the combat fun. The storytelling was great and pulled many gamers in. Valve made a great game that grew a dedicated fanbase. Then, the franchise just…stopped. The developer/producer didn’t go under. The entire series didn’t bring and end to the story. It ended with a cliffhanger that fans expected the developer to at least wrap up. So, what happened? Steam, that’s what happened. With all the revenue from selling other people’s games, they had no financial reason to work on it.
Valve to make Half-Life 3? Doesn’t look like it
Fans have wanted Half-Life 3 for years now. I guess you could say we’ve wanted it for over a decade! When Valve stepped forward and announced they had a new game to announce, Half-Life fans grew excited at a possible continuation of the Half-Life story. Instead, to the audible dismay of the audience, they instead got a Dota 2 Card Game. Instead of a game with fun gameplay and a great story, we got a Card Game that was perfect for Loot Boxes and Microtransactions.
Half-Life 3 in development by fans
It would seem even game developers are tired of waiting for Valve to do what their customers have been begging them to do for over a decade. Make Half-Life 3! Many of these developers where likely gamers who played the past games. Now, they are in the position to make a game that they are passionate about. They have already recruited 70+ people to work on the project using the Unreal Engine. This fan-made sequel has some credibility for being an official-ish sequel. The writer for Half-Life, Marc Laidlaw, released a Fanfiction on his site called “Epistle 3” that told what Half-Life 3 could have been. Naturally, he changed names and genders to avoid any copyright issues with Valve. This was his attempt to give fans some sense of closure.
Armed with this, a sequel is being made that will hopefully stick with Marc Laidlaw’s plans for the 3rd and final episode. They are temporarily naming the game “Project Borealis” while they work on building it. You can view updates on their project as they upload them to their Youtube Channel, Project Borealis
Legality of it’s release
Goofy image of the G-Man from Half-Life 2
Many passionate fans have tried to make sequels to games they love. Mario, Sonic, etc., they tend to get shut down. Companies like Valve have built a reputation on their work and built their franchise(s) from the ground up. These companies have put a lot of work into their games and fear that an unofficial game may be confused with an official release. If the game is awful, it can hurt the image and reputation of official past and future games. Right now, fans want Half-Life 3 really bad and Valve is silent on Half-Life. I’d love to play this game. However, I doubt it will ever see the light of day. Valve’s legal team will likely shut it down. Even though we’ll probably never see this game…it’s fun to dream.