Half-Life 3 is in development, says Counter-Strike co-creator

Almost ten years after the début of Half-Life 2 - the first sequel to what is still regarded as one of the best games of all time - Half-Life 3 is still frequently discussed and rumored, despite having never even been publicly acknowledged by Valve, developers of the series.

After HL2, two more titles - Half-Life 2: Episode 1 (2006) and Episode 2 (2007) - were released, but even now, seven years on, many gamers are still yearning for the next installment in the story of the series' silent hero, Gordon Freeman. If today's news is to be believed, they may finally get what they've been waiting for. 

Minh 'Gooseman' Le is the co-creator of the phenomenally popular Half-Life mod Counter-Strike, and a former employee of Valve. In a recent interview by goRGNtv on Twitch, Le claimed that he has seen evidence that Valve is indeed working on a new sequel. 

When asked about Half-Life 3, Le joked that there was "a laser sight at [his] head right now", adding: "I don't know if I can talk about that to be honest... but I think it's kind of public knowledge, that people know that it is being worked on, and so if I were to say that, yeah, I've seen some images, like some concept art of it, that wouldn't be big news to be honest." 

Of course, the supposed development of Half-Life 3 has been far from "public knowledge"; rumours surface from time to time but they never seem to progress beyond the realms of hearsay and speculation. Even so, Le continued: "I guess I could say that I did see something that looked kind of, like, in the Half-Life universe. And I mean, it wouldn't surprise anyone if I said 'yeah, they're doing it', they're working on it, so 'yeah'." 

He added: "It seems like old news by now anyway, I think everyone kinda knows that it's being worked on."

Le also revealed that he had seen the new Left 4 Dead title in development: "The one thing I'm really excited about is the new Left 4 Dead... I was really excited when I saw that; I was like, 'wow, this looks great.' Because I really enjoyed Left 4 Dead, it was just one of those games that just really changed the industry." 

Source: goRGNtv on Twitch via CVG 
Upper image via​ Gamers Pack; lower image via Valve 

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Anthony Tosie said,
Same. All the leaked info makes it sound like we'll be getting "Left 4 Dead 3" first, though.

Left for Half-Life 3.

There was a news piece last year (I think) where some guy showed from the internal Valve forums that they were working on HL3, but weren't very far at all. I expect that they're probably still not far into development, if at all.

Majesticmerc said,
There was a news piece last year (I think) where some guy showed from the internal Valve forums that they were working on HL3, but weren't very far at all. I expect that they're probably still not far into development, if at all.

If that's true I wonder why that is. I mean they did leave the series hanging with no explanation.

I can only guess that they either had some mind blowing concept that they couldn't technically do & decided to halt development until they could. Or they just got burnt out on the series & wanted to move on.

Uh-huh.. if this is for real and if it ever sees the light of day sometime in the future.. I can't comment for everyone but my enthusiasm for the series died years ago. Mayyyybe if it gets critical reviews I may eventually get it for nostalgic reasons, but it'll definitely need to bring something new to the table and not just more of the same.

Kalint said,
I was in High School when Half-Life 2 came out. :s I'm going back to bed :(

I was in Iraq and had to jump through hoops to steal enough bandwidth to download the game over steam. Oh them were the days...

Half Life 2 was well done. I loved the story and the emotional aspects. It definitely wasn't a mindless generic shooter like recent CODs.

I replayed HL2 +EP1-2 and while they are not as much impressive as they were when they came out, when they first came out the games were GREAT. some level design and characters were outstanding, and I will play HL3 in a heartbeat !!!

Though this really does not say anything new at all. We still dont know jack.

Wow, well, gee, so HL3, really. And just when I finally accepted Valve is just a TF2/Dota2 dev company now, with the other half the Steam division. lol Is this good news? Damn, that's a tough one. We know they can't dare do the same game formula as HL2 stuff, because that's like ancient history game style now. And not only do they have to bring their engine into this century, they have to make a game that goes above and beyond the current trends. At a minimum, it will have to have co-op ability, multiplayer built-in, probably should be at least semi open world, have simple upgrade/RPG elements, and maybe even be mission-based. Man, what a tall order for them. But if anyone can pull this off, it's Valve! The problem is just, when. WHEN, WHEN, WHEN. heh Best wishes. :)

I loved Half-Life 2 but waiting for resolution to a cliffhanger for 7 years? I honestly couldn't care less now. They've gone full Duke Nukem Forever.

Half Life 3 implies a new version of source, which I think is only reason I could see Valve doing this. If the game followed what was originally stated this would still be HL2 Episode 3 (which was promised but never delivered). That said the Valve team hasn't produced a title in 7 years (assuming any of those people still work directly with Valve anymore). So, this will most likely be produced by a new studio, under the parent company.

My second most waited game ever (The first is the impossible sequel of System Shock 2). HL and HL 2 ranks up there in my top10 ever.

sanctified said,
My second most waited game ever (The first is the impossible sequel of System Shock 2). HL and HL 2 ranks up there in my top10 ever.

Ha ha. Impossible indeed. I would trade all bioshock games for system shock 3, however no such luck

They need to release a new version of Source so it makes sense to release it with HL3; it was the same with HL2. That would set a new path for Portal 3, L4D 3 and more newer games.

Here's my guess and take it for what it is. L4D3 might show up this year but it'll be in Q4. Half-Life 3... I still wouldn't hold your breath cause I'm feeling Q3/Q4 however it'll be in 2015 and that would be the earliest.

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