Gabe Newell Hints As To Why Half-Life 3 May Never Come About
The gaming community has been trying to sniff out details of Half-Life 3 for years. During The International, Valve’s annual premiere Dota 2 tournament, some information was lifted from Valve headquarters suggesting work had moved forward on Left 4 Dead 3 and Source 2. Since then, there was a purported Half-Life 3 trademark that was quickly debunked. Needless to say, the well has run dry for the time being, and Gabe Newell may have just given some insight as to why. Recently Newell clarified the studio’s decision to move primarily into multiplayer development:
“you want them (developers) to recognize that being really good at Half-Life level design is not as nearly as valued as thinking of how to design social multi-player experiences. You’ve had them feel like they have an organization and title tied up to something when the key is to just continue to follow where the customers are leading.”
This sentiment was obviously expressed as a result Dota 2‘s overwhelming success. The free-to-play MOBA has amassed one of the largest gaming communities worldwide and has helped make Valve one of the most profitable private companies in the U.S. The connected multiplayer game space has proven to be handily more engaging, scalable, and profitable than single player experiences; at least the way Valve presents them.
It’s unclear what this means for the future of the coveted Half-Life franchise. Based on his statement I feel there’s far more chance of Left 4 Dead 3 being in the studio’s pipeline than a Half-Life sequel. Please also note that my estimation is pure speculation based on the above statement and Valve’s recent shift in development focus.
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