UPDATE: The alleged Half-Life 3 copyright turned out to be fake. So this article still has a valid argument. I’m not saying I don’t want Half-Life 3 to ever happen, I just don’t see it happening. Please refrain from negative comments, disagreeing is fine as long as it’s polite. – Joshua Mobley
Last week Valve announced its SteamOS software and Steam Machines console. Many hoped that during the week, Valve would announce a killer app for its new console. Theories and expectations pointed to either Left 4 Dead 3 or the long awaited Half Life 3. However, all of the announcements were Steam Machine related and no new software was announced. It’s getting to the point where people are starting to lose hope that Half Life 3 will ever be developed and honestly I don’t expect to see it in my lifetime.
When Half Life was first released it was hailed as a revolutionary shooter experience; then Half Life 2 was released and pushed the bar even further. However, in this day and age, Half Life 2 is starting to look and feel dated. Its revolutionary ideas have been done over and over again to the point that Half Life 2 doesn’t feel as special as it did when it was first released. If Half Life 3 were to be released it would have to do something completely different and stick to the series-long tradition of innovating the shooter genre. If Valve released Half Life 3 it would be met with much love and hate. Many would love that they finally got a conclusion to a story they’ve been waiting years to wrap up. However, many would have certain expectations, and if those weren’t met people would be incredibly upset. The pressure of trying to please all of their fans might be a crucial part of why the team at Valve isn’t developing, or talking, about Half Life 3 at all.
Valve CEO Gabe Newell has been talking about the free-to-play genre for years. The last game Valve released was Dota 2, a free-to-play MOBA title. Valve also re-released its highly popular shooter Team Fortress 2 as a free-to-play title. If the trend continues it would seem that Valve is only interested in making free-to-play titles as opposed to full fledged games. Valve makes more money off of community created items than they ever did selling $60 games. In fact Valve has even stopped making content for its free-to-play games. Instead Valve steps aside and lets the community create the premium content for the games. Valve also takes a cut of the fund generated by community item purchases ensuring a large cash flow from titles like Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2. With this business model making Valve money hand over fist why would the company ever go back to making $60 premium titles? I feel like the only way Valve would consider making Half-Life 3 is if it could somehow give it to you for free and offer optional content for a price. However, Half Life would not fit into this model well since it’s built as a full title.
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