There have been reports last month that a former employee of Valve confirmed that the game developer has calendared the development of the first-person shooter video game “Half Life 3” sometime in the future.
Coming on the heels of those reports that delighted “Half Life 3” fans and gamers to no end, a leaked screenshot of a robot from “Half Life 2” running on Source 2 Engine that came out in a web-based bulletin and forum site 4Chan has further raised the level of enthusiasm and excitement to the game.
Accordingly, it was Minh “Gooseman” Le, creator of “Counter-Strike,” who posted the screenshot during a discussion in the online public forum where he was also quoted as saying that gamers should be hearing something from Valve Corporation by the end of the year.
Minh Le has left Valve since 2013 so his information, assuming that it was really him who posted the image on the forum site, is still second-hand as it did not come from Valve itself.
It is also worth noting that the individual claiming to be Le had no actual proof that he was indeed the Gooseman and that his leaked image does not have a corroborating statement from anybody from Valve, details Christian Today.
In addition, Le’s supposed pronouncement on the forum is contrary to the previous month’s report saying that the earliest that gamers could see fruition in the development of “Half Life 3” is either late in 2017 or early 2018.
The leaked image
The leaked image on 4Chan actually showed the friendly robot named Dog. However, looking back through the older game’s files, the same leaked image has not been found. But those who have seen the image says that the texture appears to be from a Source 2 Engine, which is really rich in graphics, details Design & Trend.
Based on the same discussion on the forum, the image was supposedly made sometime between March and April of last year.
Meanwhile, Marc Laidlaw, Valve designer, who is very much connected with the game development company said that the leaked image by the supposed asset is nothing, saying nothing further after that.
Laidlaw’s statement prompted many gamers and critics to think that a fake Gooseman gave his thoughts on the matter to further excite fans and subsequently douse cold water on their hopes once Valve debunks the hoax.
But whether the latest leak is true or not, it only added both to the confusion and excitement of gamers about “Half Life 3.”
Intentionally delayed development
Previous reports came out stating that the development of “Half Life 3” was intentionally delayed by game developer Valve Corporation to give way to the multiplayer zombie third-person shooter game “Left 4 Dead 3” which is also in its stable.
The disclosure actually came from a former employee of Valve Corporation who said that the earliest that “Half Life 3” can come out on the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One is in the last quarter of 2017 or the first quarter of 2018 at the latest.
While the release date is just too far off to even think about the game as of this time, gamers are actually more interested now in knowing the plotline or the story on how Valve plans to end or conclude the series.
Of course, their excitement also trickles to the gameplay innovations that Valve will be rolling out with the game, the foremost of which are reports that the game might actually come out in virtual reality (VR) mode.
However, until Valve Corporation makes an official statement or announcement to either confirm or deny the latest reports about “Half Life 3,” everything is speculation as of this time.
In order to pacify the anxious fans, who obviously were dismayed with the recent reports that “Half Life 3” will come out in 2017 still at the earliest, there are rumors that Valve might be releasing a “Half Life” spin-off video game called “Lost Squad” on Steam.