Anyone who knows anything about the gaming world can definitely say that Half-Life 3 is the most anticipated sequel of all time. However, the future of the series may not be what it was once going to be, as writer for Half-Life Marc Laidlaw leaves Valve.
- Initially, Half-Life was supposed to be name ‘Quiver’
- Robin Williams and Quentin Tarantino are some of the franchise’s biggest fans
- The playable character was initially a very large Viking man with a huge beard and manic eyes
- Marc Laidlaw was on board the company for 18 years
- A hidden file titled hl3.txt was found in Dota2’s latest update
The news emerged after a fan e-mailed the writer, asking him if he could share anything about the state of Half-Life 3.
In a frustrated attempt to find out where the franchise currently stands, the unnamed fan e-mailed Marc Laidlaw, and he got an extensive response, as well as his permission to share it.
Despite there not having started rumors about the writer’s departure from the company, he decided to go ahead and announce it anyway, since it was inevitable that rumors appeared at some point.
In order to more specifically detail his leave, so as fans don’t come up with crazy theories, Marc wanted to insist that despite there being multiple reasons behind his departure, none of them was personal.
One reason would be that he was getting old, with him being called “Old Man Laidlaw” when he first started work at Valve in 1997; the younger people that assigned him the nickname are now as old as he was then.
He continues to state how lucky he was that he got taken in by the younger team, allowing him to be part of such an iconic franchise.
Another reason would be that he felt like he needed a break from the chaos that is game production, and that he felt like he should focus more on his own writing projects.
Despite the openness of the message, Marc Laidlaw stated that he had absolutely no idea where the franchise was standing, but that he is certain that if a third game is going to come out, it’s in good hands.
Valve has been teasing its fans recently with a number of hints – a hidden file titled hl3.txt was hidden in the most recent Dota2 updates, containing some gameplay features and NPC speech.
Additionally, during the most recent Steam sale, a number of hidden puzzles were made vailable to users, and they are now on a quest to solve them for hopefully any hints at Half-Life 3.
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