Although American game developer Valve Corporation has not said anything official about its survival first-person shooter video game “Half-Life 3,” a lot have been said and speculated about it over the last couple of years.
The last game in the franchise “Half-Life 2” was released in the gaming consoles back in 2004 so it is no longer surprising to see heightened gamer interest on “Half-Life 3” after 12 years.
While there have been plenty of leaked information and rumors about the game that have had their field days on the internet, nothing has been confirmed nor denied by Valve.
What seems consistent with the rumors is that “Half-Life 3” shall come out after the game development company’s other highly-anticipated video game, the multiplayer zombie shooter video game “Left 4 Dead 3.”
Better gaming experience
According to The News Independent, market insiders are now speculating that “Half-Life 3” is going to be released in 2018 already in full VR format, which means that both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 already have support for VR technology by then.
Having the game come out in a VR-capable gaming platform would surely redound to better gaming experience for gamers for sure.
Valve is said to be involved as well in the development of the HTC Vive VR, which was launched early this year during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016, and reports have it that the developer is looking at employing the platform to some of its games on Steam, which it also owns.
The VR technology would surely make “Half-Life 3” a cut above the rest of the present and upcoming roster of first-person shooter video games.
So it is likely that Valve is leaving no stones unturned in ensuring that “Half-Life 3” comes out remarkably well but also profitable for the American game development company.
Valve is already providing all the software for the innovative HTC Vive VR headset, but aside from a collection of mini experiences known as The Lab, Valve hasn’t actually made a VR game as of yet.
It may well be that Valve is biding its time and is waiting for the right moment to launch a VR exclusive “Half-Life 3,” so that it becomes a real driver for VR and would not put the publisher out of pocket.
Fake fan theories continue to swirl
Because of the absence of official confirmation or statement from Valve, numerous fake fan theories and supposed leaks have emerged online, teasing fans and gamers of little things, most of them border on the absurd.
Apparently, those are products of internet trolls who keep on capitalizing on the anticipation and enthusiasm of gamers for “Half-Life 3,” reports the Digital Spy.
The latest official word from Valve about the game actually came from co-founder Gabe Newell during an interview late last year where he said that the only reason that they would go back and do a super classic kind of product is if a whole bunch of people just internally said they wanted to do it and they have a reasonable explanation for pushing for it.
He added that if they would be doing another “Half-Life” game and just ignore all the problems that Valve had to endure and go through while shipping “Portal 2,” it would seem like a bad choice.
Newell said that they will just move forward but it does not necessarily mean that people are worried that it might mean something else.
Apparently, Newell’s statement hardly gave anything specific whether “Half-Life 3” is confirmed or not.
Amid rumors of its impending release, there are also reports saying that the game has already been canceled by Valve Corporation for good.
The cancellation rumors began when series writer Marc Laidlaw decided to quit the development of the next video game of the franchise as well as the retirement of animator Doug Wood.