‘Half-Life 3’ Rumors, Release Date: Does Valve Intend To Release ‘Half-Life 3’ Anytime Soon? [VIDEO]By Eileen De Santos, UniversityHerald Reporter
"Half-Life 3" seems to be taking forever to be released; however, Valve has yet to give any substantial announcement about the long-awaited "Half-Life" sequel.
"Half-Life 2: Episode 3" Turned "Half-Life 3"?
"Half-Life 2: Episode One" came out around a decade ago, while the second episode was released on 2007. There was supposed to be an Episode Three but game developer Valve had a change of heart. Instead, Valve head Gabe Newell at that time said that the upcoming "Half-Life 3" will be divided into three small episodes. After that announcement, however, there have been little substantial news about the upcoming "Half-Life" installment.
Alleged Leaked Concept Art For "Half-Life 2: Episode 3"
In 2012, a number of purported concept arts for "Half-Life 2: Episode 3" began floating around the Internet; however, Valve has not confirmed or denied the drawings, and since "Half-Life 2: Episode 3" has never materialized, we will never know for sure. The said concept arts include Alyx Vance and could be seen here.
Valve Cancels "Return to Ravenholm" Or "Half-Life 2: Episode 4"
The task of developing the fourth episode of "Half-Life 2" was assigned to Arkane Studios; however, it was cancelled by Valve because nothing new could be introduced to the game, according to PCgames. This seems to indicate that all "Half-Life" projects have been put on hold.
Possibility of "Half-Life 3" And Rumored Release Date
It seems ironic that a game developer has lost interest in developing a game that has a substantial and devoted fan base even though nine years have passed since the last installment was released. There are speculations that the third "Half-Life" installment may come out on 2018 in celebration of the franchise's 20th anniversary or maybe 2028 in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the original game. Honestly, only Valve can determine when "Half-Life 3" will be released, but fans should not hold their breath though.