Half-Life 2: Episode 3 is nothing but a distant dream right now. With the majority of the team that was working on the franchise leaving Valve and the fact that the game is in and out of schedules for a decade now, fans have already lost hope.
On a recent interview with IGN Unfiltered, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford gave some interesting answers as to whether or not his studio will take the lead to releasing the game. Gearbox is no stranger to Half Life since the studio already made two expansions for the previous game, Opposing Force and Blue Shift and also the Playstation 2 version of the original Half Life.
Pitchford stated that his studio has done what it wanted to do with the franchise and he doesn’t know whether they could or should make Half-Life 2: Episode 3. According to his words:
“It’s a fun universe, I’d love to spend more time in it. I don’t know what way that would make sense, though.”
Gearbox has over 300 employees so Pitchford couldn’t pose an opinion for the entirety of the team but it seems as the studio has already closed the door to making a sequel for the Half Life franchise.
Recently we saw Marc Laidlaw, scriptwriter for the Half Life games, giving a closure to fans posting the entirety of Half-Life 2: Episode 3 through a blog post. Fans were not impressed and cursed on Valve since Episode 2 left everything as a cliffhanger. As it seems Half Life story would not have ended with Episode 3 so maybe a cancelation of the franchise is the wise thing to do before people start complaining more.
After all these years fans have created a surreal idea of how the game would be and probably neither Valve nor Gearbox Software would have delivered it the way it should be. Time will tell about the luck of the Half Life universe, but the fact is that it’s future seems kind of blurry.