Valve has a bad habit of stopping its franchises with the number 2: Half-Life 2, Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead 2, and Portal 2. Just 2, 2, 2, 2. Maybe Gabe Newell just really likes duality, but we believe that 3 is a holier number, at least when it comes to sequels.
That’s why the latest news out of Valve’s HR department is giving us a glimmer of hope. Jay Pinkerton, one of the writers on Portal 2, has returned to the fold at Valve, and we’re assuming he’s working on one of the new games that Valve is allegedly making.
Pinkerton left Valve in June 2017, following similar exits from fellow Portal 2 co-writers Erik Wolpaw and Chet Faliszek. However, an eagle-eyed Reddit user noticed that Pinkerton’s name was back on Valve’s staff page, and Valve then confirmed that Pinkerton had indeed returned to the company.
Portal isn’t the only Valve franchise featuring Pinkerton’s handiwork. The formerly former Valve writer also wrote parts of both Left 4 Dead games, as well as several issues of the surprisingly good Team Fortress 2 comics. It’s possible that Pinkerton is once again bringing his talents to Bellvue (Washington, where Valve is headquartered) to help make Portal 3 or Left 4 Dead 3, or at least write more TF2 comics.
Valve has hinted that Portal 3 is still on the table. Back in 2017, Gabe Newell himself confirmed the possibility that, at some point, on some planet, in one of infinite parallel realities, we’ll be getting a new game set in the shared Half-Life/Portal universe. Whether or not that hypothetical game will revolve around the mess at Black Mesa, the disaster at Aperture Science, or a brand-new shady technology company is anyone’s guess.
The Portal universe in particular was most recently on display in Moondust. Unfortunately, we will probably never get to play Moondust, as it was basically just a tech demo for Valve’s Knuckles EV2 VR controller. Knowing Valve’s modus operandi, don’t expect Knuckles EV3.
Source: PC Gamer