It’s that time again. Half-Life 3 speculation. And as almost always is the case with this game, it isn’t good news.
In an email chain posted on Reddit by a fan (via GameSpot), it appears that Half-Life co-creator and writer on the games, Marc Laidlaw has left Valve after 18 years. Laidlaw states that age is the key factor here, and that he would like to return to writing in other mediums. However, it wasn’t all doom and gloom. The writer did say he was open to returning to Valve as a consultant.
It feels like the time is right to return to my roots and see where that takes me. It might well take me back into games by other routes, but certainly that’s not part of the plan.
My friends know they can consult me if questions come up that I can help them answer.
Where Valve may choose to take Half-Life in the future is not in my hands.
I have been a grateful co-creator, but my time working on the series is behind me.
This of course is troubling for those hoping for Half-Life 3 news, as it seems it just lost a huge creative force within what we assume is development. Having said that, perhaps this will breathe new life into the game as new talent is brought on board. I wouldn’t bet much on the chances of that though.