'Half-Life 3' release date rumors: Valve targets 2018 to launch VR-compatible game

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Almost two decades after the first “Half-Life” broke into the gaming market and 10 years after its sequel, fans of the franchise are still clamoring for a supposed third installment from the series. Despite not having any official update, speculations continue to swirl stating that Valve will eventually roll out a new title from the storied anthology.

The latest from the rumor mill suggests that the new game will be released in a virtual reality (VR) format. This seem to be a good strategic plan for the video game developer as contents are now slowly transitioning to the new simulation world. On top of that, it will also be a good way to come back into the fold as more gamers will be interested in it.

Hype for the alleged third installment of “Half-Life” comes from the fact that the first action shooter will soon be celebrating its 20th year anniversary in 2018. That being said, loyalists are theorizing that Valve is already in the process of launching a new game to celebrate the milestone. Nevertheless, nothing is still confirmed and based on what Valve has previously said, it appears that they are not even contemplating developing “Half-Life 3.”

Last year, Valve CEO Gabe Newell was quoted saying that they were very picky with regard to the projects that they work on and do not decide simply based on fan campaigns.

“The only reason we’d go back and do like a super classic kind of product is if a whole bunch of people just internally at Valve said they wanted to do it and had a reasonable explanation for why,” Newell told GameSlice.

“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 added.

Contrary to the news of a VR-compatible “Half-Life 3,” the folks over at Valve are said to be working on VR games but not necessarily the aforementioned title. It is said that they are more inclined in pushing boundaries with new and innovative games that are not shackled to a previously released game. Taking Newell’s comments into consideration, it seems like fans of the franchise would have to make do that there will only be two games in the anthology.