Fans of the Half-Life franchise waited with baited breath as the days ticked down to Gamescom, 2012. Although the website of the premier games tradeshow in Europe inserted a caveat to let visitors know it took no responsibility for the information contained within its lists of games to be showcased, still the appearance of that little Half-Life 3 title from Valve had hearts racing. Could it be? Was the long wait really over?
Apparently elements of the list were created based on the internet rumor mill, and the inclusion of Half Life 3 was nothing but a mistake.
Despite the fact that the original Half-Life game was released back in 1998 and its follow up Half-Life 2 in 2004, many gamers today still insist that the two titles are two of the very best games to ever grace PC and console. Additional releases of Half-Life 2: Episode One and Episode Two did breathe some extra content into the much-loved franchise in 2006 and 2007 respectively, but since that date developer Valve has been completely silent on the subject.
The deep rooted desire for a new Half Life title can clearly be seen by today’s launch of the new fan created Black Mesa, effectively a re-release of the original Half-Life developed on the Half-Life 2 engine. The rework has been in development for more than 8 years, with a team of more than 40 volunteer developers. Black Mesa will be free for Half-Life fans to play, and it’s been hotly anticipated for the last few years. No doubt it’ll keep gamers happy for a while, but the question on our minds is still whether we’re likely to see an all new foray into Valve’s foremost first-person shooter series.
As a company Valve isn’t worried about rushing games to market. This makes it somewhat unique in a world of developers often determined to bring out new titles every other year, if not even more frequently than that. We had to wait for six years between Half-Life 1 and 2, and there were four years between the original Portal and its sequel, Portal 2. With such critical acclaim for the first two Half-Life games we expect that Valve is absolutely determined to get any future follow-up absolutely right.
The longer the wait, the greater the anticipation, and it’s just possible that Valve is waiting for the next generation of games consoles in order to blow us away with astounding graphics, complex artificial intelligence and a story to follow on from where the previous episode left off.
Most gaming communities feel it’s likely that Valve would not quickly abandon one of their trademark games, and that development on the next Half-Life title has almost certainly been carried out in secret for several years. With actual source code of Half-Life 2 having been leaked before its 2004 release, Valve will be keeping this one close to the chest to avoid any similar situations arising.
The big question that remains is whether or not the next Half-Life title that we see will indeed be dubbed Half-Life 3, or will be the next episode to follow on from Half-Life 2: Episode Two. Opinion is divided and with Valve’s silence on the matter there’s not much that we can do but wait and see, and download Black Mesa for some reminiscing on a series that did much to change the first person shooter genre as we know it of course!
What do you think? Is Half-Life 3 on the way? And if so will you be waiting in line to get your hands on a copy?
Article by - Rebecca Waterman
Insert Date: 09/14/2012
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