'Half-Life 3' release date, news: Upcoming game to feature underwater Kraken Base?

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It has been 12 years since Valve released “Half-Life 2,” and while it was speculated that the game developer might have given up on the franchise, fans are still hoping that “Half-Life 3” will debut within the next two years. Over the past few years, rumors about “Half-Life 3” being in development have been making the rounds online, and while Valve co-founder Gabe Newell has yet to confirm this, theories about the game’s plot have also been hitting the internet non-stop in anticipation of the upcoming project.

According to Neurogadget, the latest rumor claims that “Half-Life 3” will feature a new Kraken Base, and it was indicated that having this included in the game will open up a new gaming experience for fans of the series. It was said that players can explore the deep waters of the ocean with the help of a submarine since the Kraken Base is underwater.

One more feature that is said to be in the game is support for virtual reality (VR). This rumor was spurred by the fact that Valve has recently partnered with HTC to release a VR headset called HTC Vive.

Newell has yet to comment on the “Half-Life 3” rumors, but many believe that the upcoming project will be released in 2018. This is based on the fact that the game franchise will be celebrating its 20th anniversary on that year, specifically on Nov. 8, 2018 exactly 20 years after the release of the first “Half-Life” title. Should Valve choose to release “Half-Life 3,” a November 2018 launch date will be a fitting way to celebrate the franchise.

For now, gamers will have to take these rumors with a grain of salt, as the Valve team has yet to confirm or deny that “Half-Life 3” is in development. Right now, it appears that Newell has turned his focus on other things as he said last month at Valve’s “Dota 2” tournament that he has been spending most of his time with the VR team.