Although we may never get a release for Half-Life 3, series writer Marc Laidlaw recently declared that the feeling of resolution that many fans of the science fiction shooter franchise have been craving might not ever come anyway even if the sequel came out. As it so happens, Laidlaw explained that the “final chapter” in the form of a third entry would have possibly just been a set up for more potential follow-ups in the future.
Laidlaw divulged as much during a recent interview with the outlet Arcade Attack, additionally stating that he had “no idea” if Half-Life 3 would ever be released to the droves of fans who want to see it come to fruition. While Valve could eventually end the nearly decade-long wait by completing the trilogy, Laidlaw proclaimed that he wouldn’t return to the company to work on the project even if it went back into active development.
“I had ideas for Episode 3. They 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. 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.
“Unfortunately, I was not able to do that. But I never thought as far ahead as HL3, unless you were to say that HL3 and Episode 3 were the same thing. I will say that I expected every installment would end without resolution, forever and ever…”
Interestingly enough, even if Half-Life 3 did provide fans with a resolution to tie up all of the loose ends, Laidlaw went on to state that Gordon Freeman‘s story would more than likely continue, as he would remain the series’ primary protagonist. Regarding the matter, the Half-Life series writer explained that at the end of the third sequel and each subsequent followup, Freeman would have possibly been put in an uncertain position, with the plot then continuing in succeeding entries ad infinitum.
“There was some rumor going around that Ep3 or HL3 would end Gordon Freeman’s story, and I don’t think that was accurate. My intention was that Ep3 would simply tie up the plot threads that were particular to HL2. But it would still end like HL1 and HL2, with Gordon in an indeterminate space, on hold, waiting for the next game to begin. So one cliffhanger after another.”
Since Half-Life 3 remains in limbo without the slightest acknowledgement from Valve regarding the trilogy’s completion, the likelihood of fans getting the sequel anytime soon is low to nonexistent. Nevertheless, that doesn’t necessarily mean the franchise will always remain dormant, as Valve president Gabe Newell confirmed several months ago that he is open to developing a new IP set in the series’ universe.
Half-Life 3 has yet to be officially announced.
Source: Arcade Attack