For more than a dozen years, rumors and alleged reports have been circulating on the Internet about Half-Life 3 - a ghost game eagerly awaited by millions of fans around the world. A journalist who has been following Valve's activities across the years has gathered all the knowledge he possesses to defend a thesis: work on Half-Life 3 was halted years ago, and all subsequent reports are just rumors.
Half-Life 3 - what do we know about the game of legend?
Tyler McVicker spoke out about the project on YouTube. The journalist has been examining at Valve and its activities for many years, including Half-Life 3. The knowledge gained allowed Tyler to present the beginning of the game's plot and determine the reason for the abandonment of the project. According to the journalist, Half-Life 3 was scrapped in 2015, despite the fact that work on the game was quite advanced (the title already offered a playable opening section). Recall that already at that time there were rumors (via: metro.uk) about the game being cancelled and the team responsible for the project reduced to 10 employees.
The plot was to focus again on Gordon Freeman - a taciturn scientist embroiled in a war with the Combine over the fate of Earth's future. The beginning of the game included a flashback to the events of Half-Life 2, after which Gordon was to wake up in a setting familiar from the Portal series (after the events of the second game), where the player's role was to solve several logic puzzles and escape. After getting out of the complex, the protagonist was to discover that more than 20 years had passed since the events of Half-Life 2, many key characters were dead, and the Earth had changed almost beyond recognition. This is how our adventure was supposed to begin.
Unfortunately, the information contained in the video did not get an official comment from Valve. Moreover, Half-Life Alyx changes the storyline after the events of the second installment, which would make it rather impossible to reflect a scenario that takes into account a 20-year time skip.
Half-Life 3 is a colossus with feet of clay
The most important question is why a studio would shut down such a promising project as Half-Life 3? Tyler blames conflicts within the studio, including the abandonment by superiors of the vision to make a traditional game in favor of game for virtual reality goggles. In 2019, one former Valve employee attributed to the studio's interest in monetizing CS:GO and Dota 2 instead of creating a single-player game. Apparently, Valve was (is?) going to adapt to the rules of the market, thus changing the studio's policy. The studio's last traditional (read: made to be played without VR goggles) game with a story campaign was Portal 2 from 2011.