Half-Life 3 has been one of those games that always seem very close, like it is coming soon, and yet far like it will never come. The first time that the franchise began was in 1998 with Half-Life, followed by Half-Life 2 in 2004 and then Half-Life 2: Episode One which some still believe could be Half-Life 3 in 2006. The thing though, that everyone who has followed the franchise since its release will agree is that the journey has been quite complex, and of course, long.

Since Half-Life 2: Episode One dropped which was subsequently followed by Half-Life 2: Episode Two only a year later, the wait has continued for the release of the third episode of the second series in the franchise as well as the third series.

Valve has remained silent about the release of the game and that has opened up doors for rumors, hoaxes, and many other things. For now, here are the things we know about the game.

What is Half-Life 3?

Of course, this question may seem out of place but it is not. For different people, Half-Life 3 is a different game in conclusion of the Half-Life series following the 1 and 2. For others, on the other hand, it is the next game that will come after Half-Life 2: Episode One and Half-Life 2: Episode Two.

Updates and Rumours

The popular belief is that there may never again come a thing as Half-Life 3. However, there are still many who would never say die to the game and let things rest in peace. It is mostly from these people that rumors have been coming through the years. On its part, Valve has not made any updates or even official announcements in that regards.

But then, going back to the time when Valve made an announcement on the release of Half-Life 2, it also revealed that it was going to release three episodes of the game in the few years that would follow. It was believed that the three episodes would join to form the third Half-Life game, which means that fans wouldn’t have to wait anymore for the release of any Half-Life game after that.

With that said, it is easy now to finally agree that Half-Life 3 and Episode 3 may as well be the same thing.

According to Gabe Newell, who has worked with Valve for a very long time as its managing director and co-founder, there was work in progress to release the final game in the trilogy to complete the third episode. He confirmed the stance of Valve again in 2009 when he revealed that work will be done on Episode 3.

The next time he was asked in 2011, fans were left in disappointment after he revealed that he had nothing more to say about the franchise and what would come next. For many, this was enough confirmation that the game was not coming.

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Release Date

If you look at all the previous releases under the Half-Life franchise, you will find out that since from 1998 when it first began, Valve did not take too long to release something in the franchise until 2007 when Half-Life 2: Episode Two was released. Since then, nothing much has been released as hardcore fans keep waiting for what is coming next.

For now, there is no certainty that we are going to see the release of the game as there is nothing from Valve to suggest it is working on the game or even if it will ever work on it.

Because of this, anything on the release date of the game is completely out of place for now. In fact, according to some sources from Valve, there may be no future for the Half-Life franchise anymore. That will be a great disappointment not only for the true fans of the show but also for many others who are left hanging and waiting for at least, the third episode of the Half-Life 2.

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