'Half-Life 3' release date: what Valve's silence about sequel might mean

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At this point, hope with regard to the announcement of “Half-Life 3” is slowly disintegrating given the lack of word regarding the title. But there are some fans who still believe that Valve is cooking something up for die-hard players to repay their continued support of the franchise despite many years of waiting.

Loyalists are relentless in scouring the internet and even other recent releases from Valve for any Easter eggs that might hint about “Half-Life 3.” Most of the fans are counting on the franchise’s upcoming 20th anniversary as what could be the release date of the supposed trilogy capper. The debut iteration of the science fiction first-person shooter was rolled out in 1998, which means that if this specific rumor turns out to be true, the upcoming game installment will see the light of day around two years from now. On top of the launch, virtual reality (VR) integration for “Half-Life 3” is also allegedly coming. And with the popularity of VR at this point, it may as well be taken into consideration if Valve is looking for a massive release.

However, some media outlets are pointing out that in spite of the harsh reality, “Half-Life 3” may just never come at all. Originally promised in 2006, two years after the sophomore iteration in the series was made available, it continues to be a myth until now. What is puzzling however is the fact that even after many years, the franchise still has a decent following on its own and if the game were to drop anytime soon, Valve would definitely rack up sales. Furthermore, the radioactive silence of the game developer with regard to the title might just be because they have already moved on from the franchise regardless of the legion of fans that appear to have not yet done the same.

Last year, Valve CEO Gabe Newell even said that at the stage that they are in right now, they are leaning towards developing other materials rather than milking sales from their old games.

“If you want to do another ‘Half-Life’ game and you want to ignore everything we’ve learned in shipping ‘Portal 2’ and in shipping all the updates on the multiplayer side, that seems like a bad choice. So we’ll keep moving forward. But that doesn’t necessarily always mean what people are worried that it might mean,” he stated.