Even the most casual PC gamers are aware that rumors have been swirling about the existence and development of Half-Life 3 for nearly a decade. Valve rivals the secrecy of Blizzard when it comes to new projects and for the most part the company prefers to keep the future of its franchises top secret until the perfect moment for a reveal. After years of misdirection and leads that went cold, fans anxiously awaiting the next full-length Half-Life adventure may finally have believable evidence that the game is in the pipeline. Not only that, but the source of intel has some interesting things to say about the future of the Left 4 Dead franchise, as well…
Counter-Strike creator and former Valve employee Minh ‘Gooseman’ Le spilled the beans on some insider Valve information during an interview with GoRgnTV on Twitch. During the chat, Le explained that he doesn’t really feel it’s a secret that Valve is working on Half-Life 3, so it shouldn’t be a big deal for him to admit that he’s seen what he claims was likely concept art for the game.
Le starts off a bit vague when asked about Half-Life 3, but seems to convince himself he can say more and more as he talks…
“I don’t think I can talk about that, to be honest, but I think it’s kind of public knowledge, that people know that it is being worked on… And so if I were to say that yeah, I’ve seen some images, like some concept art of it, that wouldn’t be big news to be honest.
“But yeah, I mean like I guess I could say that I did see something that looked kinda like in the Half-Life universe. And I mean it wouldn’t surprise anyone if I said they’re doing it, they’re working on it, yeah. So to go on a limb I’d say I did see some concept art for Half-Life 3.”
He definitely seems to be speaking in riddles a bit to avoid revealing anything he isn’t supposed to, but it sounds like Valve is working on something new for the Half-Life universe. Le goes on to bring Left 4 Dead 3 into the conversation, which fits right in with previous rumors triggered by an internal company memo that Valve is currently working on both games.
The Counter-Strike creator said he’s ‘really excited’ for the new Left 4 Dead game and went on to describe his experience with it…
“I saw it, it looks great. I was really excited when I saw that, I was like ‘wow, this looks great’. Because I really enjoyed Left 4 Dead, it was just one of those games that really just changed the industry. I think at the time there wasn’t many good co-op games, so yeah, this is a great co-op game.”
If Le’s claims can be believed, then it sounds like what he saw of Left 4 Dead 3 was much more substantial than just concept art. He didn’t clarify whether or not he played a build of the game, saw a demo, or what; so we would be very interested to hear him elaborate exactly what it was that he saw. If he saw some running version of the game, then it’s possible that the game is further along its development than the possible Half-Life project he mentioned.
Le may consider both bits of information old news, but we don’t expect Valve to confirm them any time soon. Some source code from the studio uncovered last summer gave reason to believe that Left 4 Dead 3 was already in the works, so the existence of either project isn’t very far-fetched at all. That said, unless a surprise announcement shows up at or around E3, we expect Valve will maintain its wall of silence until the games are just about ready to ship.
Do you think Le’s statements are a confirmation of development on Half-Life 3 and Left 4 Dead 3 or just more rumor-fuel? Let us know in the comments.
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