Valve Isn’t Working On Half-Life 3
How many times have we heard this? And just how many times have we heard the exact opposite? Last night, the Internet was abuzz due to some comments made by prominent Half-Life 2 voice actor John Patrick Lowrie on his blog, which basically stated that Valve was not actively working on the one sequel fans around the world are hoping for.
Although the blog post was created in 2011, comments on it have been kept alive, with the latest coming from the author himself regarding recent rumours about development on Half-Life 3. Now, Lowrie isn’t just some washed up actor that used to work for Valve and is now making bold statements. After Half-Life 2, Lowrie worked on voices for Dota 2, and is in fact married to Ellen McLain, the famous voice of everyone’s favourite murderous A.I, GLaDoS. He knows people at Valve. He talks to them.
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Which makes his blog comments all the more frightening for those hoping that Valve is working on the elusive sequel.
Here is the biggest challenge with bringing out HL3: the big thing now with FPSs is motion capture, or mo-cap. One of the great things about HL2 is that all of the characters that you meet actually look at you when they talk to you no matter where you go or stand. With mo-cap you can’t do that, at least not yet. Once you film the actor doing something and capture that motion, that’s what the character is going to do. This works great in movies, but when you make something interactive it gets way less interactive with mo-cap. So that’s one of the things they’re working on.
This was then followed up by several other posts, such as:
Right. As far as I know they are not developing HL3 now for several reasons, among them the mo-cap issue. Sorry for any confusion. What they might decide in the future depends on lots of different factors. I hope they do, personally, but it has to make sense for them.
No problem! Glad to give any info I have. I just don’t want to get fans hopes up when I really don’t know anything about their decision process. I’ll find out about it when they call me in to record lines!
One pubic commenter then took the opportunity to shout “HL3 confirmed!”, to which Lowrie replied, “Sorry, I’m afraid that the opposite is true. HL3 is not being worked on at this time as far as I know.”
Now it can e said that Valve hasn’t exactly been complacent in the past few years, releasing numerous titles and bringing some rather massive updates to their digital distribution service. However, it would be extremely surprising to learn that they are not actively developing Half-Life 3 at the moment, as that would mean we’re numerous years away from seeing it at all.
Can Lowrie be trusted? Well, he’s one of the more credible sources we’ve had recently, but considering he’s also close to Valve I’m almost certain he wouldn’t be allowed to say anything if he knew about any Half-Life 3 project. That said, I don’t think he go out his way to intentionally misdirect people, so who knows really.