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2014

Gabe Newell speaks about a decision to focus on multiplayer games instead of single-player: “When we started out we were a single-player video game company that could have been really successful just doing Half-Life sequel after Half-Life sequel, but we collectively said let’s try to make multiplayer games even though there’s never been a commercial successful multiplayer game.”

The “BreenGrub” Twitter account stops tweeting notable things such as “It is a kind of hush. Silence is the oppressor. I speak to hear myself speak. I cannot bear the loneliness.”, “Don’t hate me.”, “Or is it only I that am impatient? For they have waited out the endless eons. Waited for their time to come around again.”, “Information is the only hope we have. Information that feeds revolution. Without hope, without information, there can be no revolution.”, and “oh no”

Half-Life artist Ted Backman leaves Valve after nearly 20 years. He was responsible for designing some of the iconic enemy life forms that made the Half-Life series so visually interesting and unique.

An anonymous poster on 4chan’s /v/ posts a scrambled image claiming to be Half-Life 3 related. When unscrambled it shows a very highly detailed model of D0g in what appears to be Source 2 developer tools. The source is questionable at first but later turns out to be confirmed on February 22, 2016.

Speaking at EGX, Valve and Half-Life writer Chet Faliszek states that Half-Life 3 will not be in VR. (@35m53s)

An update for Dota 2 includes files named ‘hl3.txt’ and ‘rpg.txt’. Inside the file it describes squads, quests, and VR. The date is Episode Two’s 8th anniversary.

Screenshots of the cancelled Episode 4 “Return to Ravenholm” once developed by Arkane Studios surface. The screenshots date back to 2007 and 2008.

SteamDB forum user Nephrite found an exploit in Valve’s updated support website that enabled SteamDB to add previously hidden package names. There was an app discovered with the name “Half Life 3” and its legitimacy is questionable considering it is missing the usual hyphen. Is it the real deal? Probably not. Could it be? Maybe.

2016

This one borders on the edge of conspiracy-theory but it has been verified and therefore worth mentioning. During the 2015 Steam Holiday Sale alternate reality game (ARG), one of many reddit users going through ARG files finds what appears to be a Half-Life logo and a crowbar. Marc Laidlaw says he was not aware of the ARG and this is not intended as way to announce a new game.

Marc Laidlaw, main writer of the Half-Life series leaves Valve after 18 years. Originally revealed by reddit user TeddyWolf and later confirmed by Eurogamer, this news came as a huge shock to the Half-Life community. In his own words: “I had a good run but lately I have been feeling a need for a break from the collaborative chaos of game production, and a return to more self-directed writing projects.” One can only speculate his motives for retirement.

It's been XXXX days since Gordon was last seen. #WhereIsGordon

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