Half-Life 3 and multiple other titles were in development before Half-Life: Alyx

Written by Chad Norton on Fri, Jul 10, 2020 9:55 AM
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It’s hard to believe that it’s already been over 3 months since Half-Life: Alyx, the first Half-Life game in over a decade, was released. After a long wait though, renowned journalist and presenter Geoff Keighley has created a new “interactive storybook” that looks into all the games Valve tried to develop in the past decade, including the latest return of Half-Life.

Half-Life: Alyx - Final Hours dives deep into the history of Valve’s games, and explores the titles that never were and never meant to be. For a long time Half-Life 3, and to another extent Half-Life 2: Episode 3, was a long-running joke. But according to the Final Hours, Half-Life 3 was actually in development at one time between 2013 and 2014.

According to the interactive documentary, Valve explored blending procedural generation along with handcrafted experiences in order to make HL3 more replayable. Unfortunately this project was put on hold, as the Source 2 engine at the time wasn’t finished.

There were, apparently, also a lot of VR projects floating around which included a game with a synopsis that sounded a lot like the rumored Half-Life 2: Episode 3 plot details that was revealed a few years ago by former Valve writer Marc Laidlaw. In total, there were at least 5 Half-Life projects that were either proposed or in development for a short while after the release of Episode 2 and before Half-Life: Alyx.

There were other projects early on in development, or at the very least proposed, including a Left 4 Dead 3, an Elder Scrolls/Dark Souls-inspired RPG aptly named “RPG”, and a voxel-based game inspired by Minecraft. Annoyingly there was no mention of a Portal 3.

It also appears that Valve’s first attempt at creating a VR headset was called “Vader”, but was ultimately scrapped after the team realised it would cost around $5000 per unit. This was because they didn’t compromise themselves in terms of development, which clearly became too ambitious for the team.

Finally, although there is a lot of weight on the return of Half-Life with a third main installment, most of the team at Valve would love to work on a new Half-Life project, but as a full-scale non-VR version for most of the fans to be able to play instead.

The ice has been broken, now we're hoping to smash through the ice completely,” says Valve’s Phil Co. “We're not afraid of Half-Life no more.

What do you think? Which projects would you have liked to see from Valve? What do you think a $5000 VR headset would be like? And are you excited for more Half-Life games in the future? Let us know!

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14:04 Jul-11-2020

i love to see half life 3 its to loong wait that game and rumours to come and it is from half life 2 passed 16 years

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04:43 Jul-11-2020

This is it... HALF-LIFE 3 CONFIRMED!


... but 1st we need Half-life 2: Episode 3

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12:54 Jul-10-2020

Talk about people that can't start or finish a project. Just how much time and energy was wasted in those 5 attempts?

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23:28 Jul-10-2020

To be honest that is the norm for most companies now. A few years ago when I worked with a group of indie devs for some simple coding (all the projects were pixel based 2D side scrollers android platform) they literally burned there 90% budget, alot hatred and infighting, with 5 failed attempts before they struck gold with the 6th and then broke up after they made that money back. I got paid a flat rate and walked away before all the drama. Good times lol.

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23:38 Jul-10-2020

Being indie developer sound like fun :P

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15:18 Jul-11-2020

It can be, but it's not easy by any stretch of the imagination.

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15:20 Jul-11-2020

One hell of a story.
What are you doing atm?

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10:04 Jul-14-2020

Retired at the age of 39. Got messed up pretty badly in the military. Crushed rib cage, shattered wrists, 2 broken knees, shattered lower left leg. Took 2-3 years for me to learn how to write and walk again. Look at me now and you could never tell other than the heavy scars. For years I was in private security after the military, worked in retail for 15 years (its god awful would never go back), now I do programming/coding for fun along with whatever catches my eye.

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21:20 Jul-14-2020

Damn.
You've had a tough life, no question.
This is a bit more personal so you don't have to answer if you don't want to.
Are you ok financially, with the corona mess and everything?

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11:13 Jul-21-2020

I am alright for now just like everyone money is tight. I take care of my uncle now who has 3 types of cancer lung, prostate, and colon. He is the one who raised me and has a hell of a lot of bills due to medical expenses . I will work another job if this one drys up any time soon. ( Currently working as remote security. I sit there and watch screens all day through CCTV systems.)

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