Half-Life writer posts a possible Half-Life 3 plot?

How long has it been since the last Half-Life? Ten years since Half-Life 2: Episode 2? Really? Well I mean it’s not surprising, Half-Life 3 is probably one of the most demanded games of all time. Kind of like Duke Nukem Forever, but like, also we don’t talk about that.

Marc Laidlaw is a name you may not immediately recognize, but for those unaware, he’s a writer that left Valve in 2016. He was also Valve’s lead writer. A man who was largely responsible for the Half-Life universe. So when he posts a blog with a lot of suspiciously similar Half-Life names that could detail a possible Half-Life 3, people perked up and listened. So much so that his entire website crashed. See for yourself here. If it’s un-crashed, that is.

For those who can’t access it, it shows a letter written by one ‘Gertrude Freemont, Ph.D’. All the names are about this see-through, really. And if you do want to read it, there’s a complete version online here, with all the names changed to their Half-Life equivalents.

It details Gordon’s latest unseen adventure, travels through space and time, the return of the mysterious G-Man and wraps up a lot of threads in a way that would have been much better to actually see in a game, rather than read about.

The man himself has been pretty darn coy about this on Twitter, with responses ranging from it just all being his own version of fanfiction, through to claiming he’s not elaborating everything because these are all threads Valve might want to pick up on later.

Speculation is rife about what all this means. The top theories is that it mirrors his own leaving Valve, how things are different now and how his services are no longer needed in a modern development industry. Others speculate a lot of the old NDA’s are up and we’ll be seeing a lot more of this in the future. Some just think he’s stirring the pot to see what Valve does about it, if anything.

In the end, it’s just another pile of interesting information about the mysterious game that’s become a cryptid in its own right, Half-Life 3.

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