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Former Valve writer posts what may be the plot of Half-Life 3

August 25, 2017 — by Manish "Trigger-Happy" Rajesh0

Former Valve lead writer for Half-Life, Marc Laidlaw, just posted what could be the outline of Half-Life 3 on his website.

We’ve got some good news and some bad news. Bad news first; it looks like there might be no Half-Life 3, ever. All those years of pestering Lord Gaben and Valve were most probably in vain. Don’t just grab your pitchforks yet, here’s the good news. While we may not be able to play Half-Life 3, thanks to lead writer Marc Laidlaw, we might at least get to know what could’ve been episode 3 of Half-Life.

Half-Life 3

It’s been nearly 10 years now since Half-Life 2: Episode 2. The world’s been pestering Valve to release the final part of the trilogy ever since but it never came. And by the looks of it, it never might. We’ll just have to settle with what lead writer Marc Laidlaw posted on his personal website. Titled “Epistle 3”, this is what Half-Life 3 could have been. Marc posted “Epistle 3” to his personal website, and it’s written by one of the characters, by a certain “Gertrude Fremont, Ph.D”. Of course, someone went ahead and corrected the names, you can read that version here.

This piece of writing could well be the only thing gamers will ever get for a conclusion to Half-Life. Laidlaw calls “Epistle 3” fanfic, but we think everybody knows it’s more than that at this point.

Gabe’s numerous Half-Life 3 references

Lord Gaben, or as he goes by for regular mortals, Valve CEO Gabe Newell, has mentioned Half-Life 3 over the years but of late he hardly ever brings it up or mentions it. When the topic is brought up he immediately shoots it down or changes the topic. YouTuber CrowbCat has a video compilation of the many times Gaben has mentioned Half-Life 3 in the past decade.

It does look bleak, doesn’t it? At least we have “Epistle 3” now. 

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Manish "Trigger-Happy" Rajesh

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