Another year means more rumours surrounding Half-Life 3 springing up, and this time, it’s being addressed by a well-known insider. According to Valve News Network’s Tyler McVicker, Half-Life 3 is not in active development as most of the company’s efforts are being put into the Steam Deck and a new IP.
McVicker states in a new video that Valve are currently not working on Half-Life 3 in any capacity, at least not without a major development team on it. They state it could be possible that a small team is working on it at Valve, but they won’t be seen as “value generating by the higher-ups.” Instead, Valve is apparently working on a Steam Deck showcase IP called Citadel.
McVicker states in their video:
“To get the big question out of the way, is there a true follow-up to Half-Life 2: Episode Two in development in any capacity at Valve Software? The end of Half-Life Alyx, for those who haven’t played it heavily, hints towards the continuation of Gordon Freeman’s story. The issue is that no, at the current time, there isn’t a major development team working on anything outside of the few pieces of software that are specifically tailored for hardware right now. Valve is trying to get the Steam Deck out and, like many people have observed, the Steam Deck has been significantly more successful than originally anticipated, so Valve is throwing a lot at it.
Half-Life 3, Half-Life 2 Episode 3, any kind of traditional mouse and keyboard FPS at Valve is not taking place, [and] if it is, it’s a very small group of people and those individuals will not be seen as value generating by the higher-ups.”
McVicker goes on to talk about Valve’s new game called Citadel, which is apparently being developed to showcase the power and mechanics of the Steam Deck.
Interestingly, Citadel will have some ties to Half-Life after all, as they later state:
“This is a nostalgia fest, this is a Half-Life based FPS/RTS hybrid that is co-operatively based. Think about Left 4 Dead and Alien Swarm, and RTS and Half-Life all having a baby.”
Half-Life 3 continues to be a fever dream for hopefuls as Valve’s attention shifts to the Steam Deck.
Source: Tyler McVicker