Gamers all over have been in high anticipation of the game sequel “Half Life 3” for over a decade now. Matter of fact, one could say Valve gaming fans have been doubting whether there will be a sequel to one of Valve’s most successful games. All there has been is rumors and no official announcement from Valve. When asked what was taking so long for the game, Valve’s CEO Gabe Newell insisted that they were working on being forward thinking so as to give users a new experience as opposed to a blast from the past.Half
Well the rumor mill is running again and word is that “Half-Life 3” will be announced soon. Though Valve, has not confirmed this, news is circulating that “Half-Life 3” is in its final stages of development and that Valve is prepping it for its upcoming anniversary, the 19th of November.
For years now, there have been information leaks, about the progress of the game, that are believed to be legitimate. There are talks of there being a VR support. If true, this could be big for Valve gaming fans. The claims started when an update stated that DOTA 2 has a HLVR code (which translates to Virtual Reality capabilities).
However, according to a news source, these rumors were shut down by Chet Faliszek, a Valve representative. Faliszek denied the incorporation of virtual reality, stating that it would take too much time to develop. “Valve is not considering Virtual Reality at the moment”.
Half Life Timeline
The Sci-Fi first person shooter game was first released in 1998. Players would role-play as Dr. Gordon Freeman, a man who was involved in a teleportation experiment gone wrong. He is fighting his way out of a secret research facility. Half-Life was Valve’s first product.
The game was a major success as it won over fifty PC “Game of the Year” awards. 8 million copies were sold by November 16, 2004. This was something very huge at the time compared to copies which are sold currently.
Half-Life 2: Episode One was released in June, 2006, and made available for PC / Mac, PlayStation® 3 and Xbox 360. The game included a trilogy of adventures based on the award-winning Half-Life adventure. It incorporated artificial intelligence and amazing graphics and character interaction. Consequently, Half-Life 2: Episode One, also received multiple gaming awards.
Episode Two was later released in October, 2007. Given that this was the second release out of a planned trilogy, fans quickly expected the Half-Life 3. It’s been 10 years since, and there has been no official communication.
The Valve gaming franchise will turn 20 years on November 19, 2018. The best way for the corporation to celebrate Half-Life’s 20 years would be to release “Half-Life 3”. Meanwhile lovers-of-gaming are hoping that Valve has a sentimental attachment to their most successful franchise and one of the most spectacular games of all time.
However, fans are forced to wait and see what happens. One thing is for sure though, from the statements that have been made refuting the use of VR, it is pretty clear that the game really is being developed. All we can do is hope that when it officially comes, the wait will be worth it, right?