Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 12th Jan 2017 23:49 UTC

I don't think we'll ever see Half-Life 2: Episode 3, and the cliffhanger conclusion makes Half-Life 3 unlikely as well. The best chance of Half-Life getting a second wind will likely come if J. J. Abrams and Bad Robot can get the Half-Life film to screen. If that comes to fruition, and it doesn't bomb like almost every game movie before it, maybe, just maybe there's a chance of Gordon Freeman’s story continuing. Roll your eyes at the movie mention if you want, but how else will this franchise get a pulse again?

The interview you are about to read sheds some insight into how Valve works as a developer. Yes, someone at Valve could just say, "Let's make another Half-Life" and do it, but there are huge risks and hurdles involved in doing that. Prior to this interview, I was in the camp of, "Valve just doesn't get it." Now I'm in the camp of, "Valve is probably doing the right thing, but it's disappointing."

This interview opened my eyes to Valve's unique way of developing games, but also provided a bit of closure for someone who wants to see Half-Life continue. In the days before publishing this story, I reached out to Valve one last time for comment, but my request went unanswered. Without further delay, here's the interview.

This is a must-read.

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by cjcox on Fri 13th Jan 2017 16:39 UTC
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Uh... when you are sitting on top of something that valuable, maybe you sell the franchise if you don't want to take the risk?

Or maybe they still see value in the franchise as long as it stays dead?

All I know is that people will buy Half-Life 3. Doesn't have to be great, but it can't stink. It will be the number one seller of that year. The sales are more or less guaranteed. Ditto for a Portal 3.

IMHO, given that "lesser" game developemnt is happening at great risk, why not go for the sure thing?

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by Sauron on Fri 13th Jan 2017 20:44 in reply to "Goldmine?"
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The problem is, as has already been said, Valve just isn't interested in game development anymore. They aren't even a game development studio now, just a online service providing the Steam client and service.
It is that that has made them the company they are, not Half Life, as such they don't seem to give a hoot if Half Life dies a death or not!

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