Asked concerning the subsequent Half-Life, Gabe says “don’t die in the next five years”

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In response to a fan asking “will I be able to play a new chapter of Half-Life before my life ends?” Valve CEO Gabe Newell has mentioned “just don’t die in the next five years or so.” He concluded his e-mail reply with a winky face. A WINKY FACE.

The information involves us within the newest episode of Newell emails, a collection of YouTube movies by Tyler McVicker, who has constructed his channel on protecting Valve’s games (test it out beneath). McVicker is in common correspondence with Gabe and usually places fan inquiries to him, studying out the responses. Thus, we may be positive Gabe’s response is legit.

Before anybody leaps to the conclusion that “MEME MEME THREE CONFIRMED” or no matter, let’s keep in mind a story from final November, when pictures of a Valve-built VR headset leaked onto the Internet. Upload VR then claimed, by way of inside sources, to have verified not solely the headset’s existence however that Valve would promote it in a bundle with its Knuckle VR controller and a Half-Life prequel. And I can kinda see that: it sidesteps the unimaginable expectations of truly persevering with the Half-Life saga whereas retaining the enchantment of maybe the most-romanticised IP in PC gaming.

The different potentialities are, as ever, one other episode or a full-blown Half-Life 3, but when the last decade and alter since Half-Life 2: Episode 2 has taught us something it’s that we should always smother all hope of both such factor taking place till it’s bodily in our palms. Or in our Steam libraries, at the very least.

Half-Life Three is, infamously, the hearsay that by no means dies, and one of many final occasions it clawed its method from the grave was when Valve’s curiosity in VR grew to become clear and everybody determined a Half-Life game could be its system vendor, very similar to Half-Life 2 was for Steam. Valve then partnered with HTC to fabricate the Vive and no Half-Life game arrived.

Read extra: the twisted, tragic story of Half-Life 3 in full (to this point)

But the trade has discovered rather a lot about VR since then, and the newest headsets, controllers, and games are already much-improved on what we noticed 4 or 5 years in the past. Could or not it’s that Valve is now sufficiently assured within the expertise to place its greatest IP on an all-Valve headset, however as a prequel?

Maybe, simply possibly, that is the one.