Fans have been clamoring for Half-Life 3, or Half-Life 2: Episode 3, the sequel to the critically-acclaimed Half-Life 2: Episode 2, for nearly 10 years.
Retired lead writer, Marc Laidlaw, has posted a mysterious letter with some clever name replacements on his blog which, appears to describe the death knell for any hope of Half-Life 3 becoming a reality.
The letter is addressed to “Dearest Playa” and describes what could have happened to Gordon Freeman and his team in the sequel, concluding with the following:
“And here we are. I spoke of my return to this shore. It has been a circuitous path to lands I once knew, and surprising to see how much the terrain has changed. Enough time has passed that few remember me, or what I was saying when last I spoke, or what precisely we hoped to accomplish. At this point, the resistance will have failed or succeeded, no thanks to me. Old friends have been silenced, or fallen by the wayside. I no longer know or recognize most members of the research team, though I believe the spirit of rebellion still persists. I expect you know better than I the appropriate course of action, and I leave you to it. Except no further correspondence from me regarding these matters; this is my final epistle.
Yours in infinite finality,
Gertrude Fremont, Ph.D.“
“Infinite finality” is the nail in the coffin if this indeed is the plot for a Half-Life 3 that will never see the light of day.
Valve is currently working on three VR titles at the moment and their focus on CS:GO eSports doesn’t appear to be ending anytime soon.
If this is the way it has to end for the beloved franchise, so be it. It’s a bitter pill to swallow however we must move on.