The Internet’s long-sought-after white whale, Half-Life 3, might actually have a chance of happening.
The chance is still a slim one, but word this time comes not from a rumor or leak but straight from the mouth of Gabe Newell himself. The president and co-founder of Valve took to Reddit to answer fans’ questions recently, and though he kept his answers short, they could herald Valve’s return to single-player game creation.
When asked directly about the status of Half-Life 3, Newell jokingly replied that “the number 3 must not be said.” However, when asked if Valve is working on any “fully-fledged single player games,” the answer was yes—and when asked specifically about a new IP in the “Half-Life/Portal universe” the answer was a straightforward “yep.”
Let’s not get too excited, though. Just because Valve is working on a single-player game and something in the Half-Life universe doesn’t mean that those two projects are one and the same. The Lab, which Valve created for the HTC Vive, would count as a new entry in the games’ shared universe, for example, but a collection of VR minigames isn’t the type of content Half-Life fans hope for.
The thread contains a few other interesting replies from Newell, but nothing else to pique fans’ interest quite as much. It’s still a good read, so check out all of Newell’s answers if you’re into that sort of thing.
Source: Gabe Newell AMA on Reddit