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Valve Drops Hint That 'Half-Life 3' Could Yet Happen, After 'Alyx'

Valve Drops Hint That 'Half-Life 3' Could Yet Happen, After 'Alyx'

Half-Life: Alyx releases for VR-ready Windows PCs on March 23. This, we know. We've known. For a fair while now, with the VR-only release, set between the events of Half-Life and its sequel, announced back in November 2019. But as for what comes after Alyx, that, dear reader, we're still in the dark about.

It goes without saying - which is to say, we're about to say it anyway - that fans of all things Half-Life have been super-keen on a third instalment proper ever since silent protagonist Gordon Freeman and his companion Alyx Vance were attacked, with seemingly fatal consequences, by the invading Combine forces at the end of Half-Life 2: Episode 2. (Spoiler? Episode 2 was released in 2007, keep up.)

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Having Alyx as the protagonist of the new VR game - rather than the series' more, I guess, recognisable 'hero' of Gordon Freeman - sure doesn't rule out a future return for the most famous swinger of a crowbar in all of video games, though. And employees at the series' developers Valve sure appear keen on putting out more Half-Life, beyond their adventure into virtual reality.

Half-Life 2: Episode 2 / Credit: Valve
Half-Life 2: Episode 2 / Credit: Valve

Which, yes, means we could yet get Half-Life 3. Could being the operative word here. IDK if we even deserve it, anymore.

Anyway, as Video Games Chronicle reports, Valve dev Robin Walker has referred to Alyx as a "return to this world, not an end to it". Originally speaking to Game Informer, Walker added:

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"Half-Life means a lot to us, and it's been incredibly rewarding to re-familiarise ourselves with its characters, setting and mechanics. There are Half-Life: Alyx team members who have been at Valve since Half-Life 2, and quite a few who go back to the original Half-Life.

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"There are also people on the team for whom Half-Life Alyx is their first time working on this series at all - and many of them certainly hope it's not the last."

Half-Life: Alyx / Credit: Steam
Half-Life: Alyx / Credit: Steam

No doubt, no doubt. Walker also told Game Informer that anyone wanting to get the very most out of Alyx's story, bearing in mind it's a mainline entry in the series rather than a spin-off, is recommended to replay Half-Life 2: Episode 2 prior to March 23. So it's pretty handy that 1998's original Half-Life, its 2004 sequel and that game's two follow-up episodes are currently all free to play on Steam. They'll stay that way until Alyx's release, so, don't dawdle, peeps.

In related news, we've now seen what Half-Life: Alyx looks like to actually play, and we've got to say: we're impressed. Naturally, it being a VR-exclusive release has a lot of people disappointed; but hopefully Valve's enthusiasm in continuing the series after Alyx will turn into something concrete before long. An actual, proper Half-Life 3? Is it too much to dare to dream? We'd rather that over a third Left 4 Dead game, wouldn't we? Or: how about both?

C'mon Valve. You make one new, big-series game after years of nothing, might as well make loads more.

Featured Image Credit: Valve

Topics: Half-Life, Valve, gamingbible

Mike Diver

Head of Content at GAMINGbible. Former gigs include VICE Gaming, BBC Music, BBC Gaming Show. Author of 'Indie Games: The Complete Introduction to Indie Gaming' (2016), 'How to Be a Professional Gamer' (2016), 'Retro Gaming: A Byte-Sized History of Video Games' (2019). Contact: [email protected]