Want To Know Who’s Behind Half-Life 3?
What? We have two major Half-Life leaks in one week? The only thing that could possibly top this would be…wait for it…a third leak? Because we all know Valve hates dealing in that specific number. I guess it’s a good thing then that these leaks aren’t coming from the company itself, but rather from people with a rather massive obsession and very little else to do with their day.
Earlier this week we had confirmation that Valve had registered Half-Life 3 as a trademark in Europe, which isn’t really massive news considering we’ve heard stories like this before. Companies have to constantly keep renewing patents, so the fact that Valve wants to carry on owning the name Half-Life 3 isn’t that surprising.
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What is, however, is a database of developers that has now be dug up, which gives some insight into who exactly is supposedly working on Half-Life 3 and Left 4 Dead 3. The database also points at the existence of a new Valve engine, which shouldn’t be surprising considering how old the current Source engine is getting.
The database reveals that Portal and Left 4 Dead co-writer Erik Wolpaw appears to be involved in Half-Life 3, joining other notable developers such as level designer John Guthrie, writer Marc Laidlaw and composer Kelly Bailey.
Don’t worry if none of those names immediately ring a bell, just take note of the games they’ve previously worked on. Moving along with developers who are more recent additions to the Valve team, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory and Far Cry 2’s Clint Hocking seems to have landed a job on the L4D 3 team after leaving LucusArts. Even more exacting is the addition of System Shock creator Doug Church, Guthrie, Wolpaw and his writing partner Chet Faliszek and artist Andy Nisbet to the Half-Life 3 team.
Of course, all of this information comes from a database that could be 2 days to 2 years old, so the people behind the project that everyone knows is currently underway could have shifted and changed since this compilation. That said, there are some pretty noteworthy names on that list, and it would be very exciting to see how they and hundreds of others work together to ensure Half-Life 3 doesn’t become the new Duke Nukem Forever.
Because that’s a very, very real possibility. Anyone else think Valve has somewhat missed a great window of opportunity for Half-Life 3?