Half-Life fans have been waiting for the Half-Life 3 for years despite chances of it ever releasing are extremely slim. While we are not getting the third entry in the franchise but, according to Marc Laidlaw, Valve had plans for the third game and the game also would have ended at a cliffhanger.
Speaking with Arcade Attack, Marc Laidlaw, lead writer of the Half-Life series, revealed that he had ideas for the Half-Life 3, to take the series to a point where he could step away from it and let another one take the mantle to continue the series.
I have no interest in going back. I had ideas for Episode 3. They were all supposed to take the series to a point where I could step away from it and leave it to the next generation. I had hoped for a reset between HL2 and HL3 that was as dramatic as the shift between HL1 and HL2. I honestly don’t know if anyone else shared this goal, but it seemed important to me to give ultimate freedom to whoever inherited the series, with my own personal set of loose ends tied up to my satisfaction.
He added that he never planned to conclude the series with Half-Life 3. According to Laidlaw, the game would have ended just like how the first two games have.
I will say that I expected every installment would end without resolution, forever and ever…there was some rumor going around that Ep3 or HL3 would end Gordon Freeman’s story, and I don’t think that was accurate. My intention was that Ep3 would simply tie up the plot threads that were particular to HL2. But it would still end like HL1 and HL2, with Gordon in an indeterminate space, on hold, waiting for the next game to begin. So one cliffhanger after another.
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