Half-Life Lead Writer Mike Laidlaw Has Reportedly Left Valve

Written by Jon Sutton on Fri, Jan 8, 2016 3:15 PM
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If you’re one of the holdouts still hoping for Half-Life 3 to ever see the light of day, you’d best look away now. Mike Laidlaw, lead writer of the Half-Life series, has reportedly retired. That’s right, the man responsible for penning Gordon Freeman’s glorious tales is no longer working for Valve, and, presumably, no longer connected with Half-Life 3.

Now there are a few caveats to this. The info comes from Reddit, where poster TeddyWolf put up an email conversation he’d had with Mike Laidlaw, after doing what we all want to do and pestering him for information on Half-Life 3. So basically we’re taking this on the word of the Reddit user alone, but they have provided correspondence with various other sources to back this up.

In response to the rumours that he’d retired, Laidlaw said “Yes it is true. I have retired from Valve.

"I am no longer a full or part time Valve employee, no longer involved in day to day decisions or operations, no longer a spokesman for the company, no longer privy to most types of confidential information, no longer working on Valve games in any capacity."

As for what this means for Half-Life, it’s not entirely clear. “I don’t and can’t entirely know,” explained Laidlaw. “Half-Life is fully owned by Valve. It came into existence before my arrival. Where Valve may choose to take it in the future is not in my hands. I have been a grateful co-creator, but my time of working on the series is behind me. Since I no longer speak for Valve, it would be inappropriate for me to answer questions to speculate openly on the fate of the franchise.

If he has left Valve then he would undoubtedly be tied up in some pretty heavy non-disclosure agreements, so there’s not much we can take away from his statements on Half-Life 3. There’s still every chance that Laidlaw could have already written the story for Half-Life 3. Or even dozens of variations of it perhaps, but it still doesn’t mean we’re any closer to the ‘Bigfoot’ of gaming appearing any time soon.

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12:37 Jan-09-2016

Isn't Mike Laidlaw is the one on the Bioware team?

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11:31 Jan-09-2016

"If you’re one of the holdouts still hoping for Half-Life 3 to ever see the light of day, you’d best look away now"... Oh really? Mike Laidlaw said "Half-Life is fully owned by Valve. It came into existence before my arrival. Where Valve may choose to take it in the future is not in my hands".
HL3 will see the day light, if it's not for the gamers - it's for the money that title will bring.

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09:58 Jan-09-2016

Half Life 3 confirmed!

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08:27 Jan-09-2016

It took half my life so far :(

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03:14 Jan-09-2016

I will keep my hopes.

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02:33 Jan-09-2016

Well... Sh!t...

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02:01 Jan-09-2016

That ironic moment when you realize you need to wait half a life for Half Life 3.

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22:58 Jan-08-2016

It would be a big surprise if Half Life 3 was actually announced in the past, but it flew pass by everyone.

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12:41 Jan-09-2016

It would be physically impossible. Every tiny leak about HL3 is destroying the internet. So if HL3 was announced in the past, every gamer's grandmother would know about it.

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22:38 Jan-08-2016

Wait. I just realized something. Maybe he left valve because he has done the job? Maybe all the script for Half Life 3 is done and he just has nothing to do?. Im just thinking optimistically :D God I want this game so bad

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00:37 Jan-09-2016

That is EXACTLY what i thought also lol, he was like "ok Valve-Gaben i did my job now ill take my millions and i don't want to be here when Half-Life 3 crashes the Net... see ya on Tahiti :D"

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12:37 Jan-09-2016

Lol XDD

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21:09 Jan-08-2016

Lol Half Life 3 or 4 or whatever will never be real by this point.

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20:28 Jan-08-2016

Sobs :'(

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20:09 Jan-08-2016

Maybe they are doing reverse psychology? Maybe Half Life 3 will be announced tomorrow
Sigh One can only dream :'D

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19:38 Jan-08-2016

I think Steam is content with the giant piles of money they are making as a distribution platform and are no longer interested in Valve, in developing games.

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18:21 Jan-08-2016

Half-Life 3 is more like Quarter-Life 3 now


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16:22 Jan-08-2016

they will release half life 3 when steam dies

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16:03 Jan-08-2016

Well, that escalated quickly.

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19:41 Jan-08-2016

Hate to be the party breaker but I don't think it escalated at all. I am no fun at parties...

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16:00 Jan-08-2016

We still have hope for Half-Life 4. I didn't like number 3 anyway.

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15:45 Jan-08-2016

googbye mike googbye half life 3.you will be sorely missed.

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15:23 Jan-08-2016

Uhm, apparently the writer's name is Marc, not Mike - if I recall correctly, Mike Laidlaw is a writer for BioWare :D

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