Half-Life 3, does it even exist as an active project at Valve? Nobody knows, and Valve hardly ever talks about it. However, at EGX 2015 in the UK last week, Valve was in attendance and they did comment on Half-Life 3 if only to dismiss a potential feature.
Chet Faliszek, video game writer and employee of Valve, was on hand at EGX to talk about virtual reality and answer audience questions. One of those questions was inevitably about Half-Life 3. More specifically, whether Half-Life 3 will end up being a virtual reality game. Faliszek’s answer was simply, “No.”
He was then asked the same question again a little later on, which he took jokingly, but again responded with, “I said no.”
I’m sure a few people are reading more into those short responses than they actually should. You could interpret it as a Valve employee confirming the existence of Half-Life 3 as a game, but he didn’t. He simply confirmed that if the game was made, or even if it is being made, it won’t be a virtual reality game. However, there’s nothing to confirm it exists at all.
While Half-Life as a VR game doesn’t make sense, simply because the VR tech isn’t at a point where it could support it properly as an experience. The use of VR to explore some of Half-Life’senvironments minus the gameplay would be a great experience. Imagine walking around Half-Life 2’s locations with a headset on, especially if they’d had a graphical update like the one shown in Unreal Engine 4 last year.
And for all those reading this thinking he did confirm Half-Life 3, well, stop trying to make Half-Life 3 happen. It’s not going to happen. Or at least, it won’t until everyone stops trying to make it happen.