Gabe Newell Just Mentioned the Number 3, Half-Life 3 Confirmed?

Half-Life 3 has experienced severe metamorphosis over the years. From being a game in development to a myth, to being referred as a mere internet meme.

In an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on Reddit yesterday, co-founder and president of Valve Gabe Newell was naturally asked numerous times about the status of Half-Life 3.

He summed a response for all of them by simply reminding that “The number 3 must not be said”.

Various anonymous sources at Valve have periodically mentioned that Half-Life 3 was cancelled a long time back. When Newell was asked to validate the claims, he said: “I personally believe all unidentified anonymous sources on the Internet.” He might have as well just confirmed that Episode 3 is never going to see the light of day.

Elsewhere in the AMA, Newell stated that Valve hasn’t stopped working on new games. In fact, the studio is currently working on at least one major single-player game. He also teased that there was a chance of a new game set in the Half-Life/Portal universe. It’s unclear if the two are related.

Going over the Source 2 engine, Valve intends to use it as the primary game development environment for all current and future projects. This includes unannounced projects which according to Newell, are several.

For the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive community, the AMA shed new light on the relationship between Source 2 and the game. According to Newell, the engine is not suited for CS:GO. As such, moving the game over to Source 2 will not solve anything. However, there are some aspects of the game that are being reworked through the technology provided by the new engine.