'Half Life 3' release date: Valve continues to be mum amid rumors of 2018 launch

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It has been no secret that for the past several years, Valve has continued to tease only to end up disappointing its fans with regards to the much anticipated “Half-Life 3.” Despite this, loyalists to the title have not given hope that the game publishing company will eventually release at least the capper to the franchise.

First coming into the scene in 1998, the first-person shooter video game instantly became a massive hit. It has easily become one of the most iconic titles with over 50 Game of the Year awards. Its sequel, “Half-Life 2” who also took a little bit of time to get released in 2004 also received acclaims both from gamers and professional critics.

Despite the clamor and the undeniable potential for a third installment, Valve seems no longer interested in the idea. Going by CEO Gabe Newell’s statement, the Washington-based company would want to focus on developing new content which can be a cumulative project for all the things they have learned over their years in business.

You know 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,” The News Independent quotes Newell. “So we’ll keep moving forward. But that doesn’t necessarily always mean what people are worried that it might mean.”

But despite not being keen on the idea of rejuvenating their old successful franchises, the 53-year-old company co-founder is not entirely closing his doors on the matter. The only caveat is, the movement shall come from inside of the company and not some external factors like fan clamor.

“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,” he said.

Given the current circumstances, fans are not losing hope that Valve will eventually drop a “Half-Life 3.” Some rampant speculation is that it finally see the light of day sometime in 2018 to as a commemoration of the game’s 20<sup>th anniversary. Furthermore, it is also touted to be a full VR title where users can explore various worlds.