Will we ever see Half-Life 2: Episode 3 or Half-Life 3? Valve says it's not dead, but it's been over 10 years since Half-Life: Episode 2 and the dim light of hope gets weaker every year. But Valve boss Gabe Newell is throwing some fuel onto the fire by suggesting (or trolling) that another Half-Life could be out sometime in the next five years.
A fan emailed Newell asking if they will see a new chapter of Half-Life before they die, to which Newell replied, "Just don't die in the next five years or so [winky face emoji]." Is this a timeframe for when we'll see Half-Life 3? Maybe. Or it could just be another joke at the expense of long-suffering Half-Life fans.
Newell has a history of making jokes about Half-Life 3. In a video ad for the Gabe Newell Mega Kills Pack for Dota 2, there was a joke that Newell was physically incapable of saying the number three. The joke being that Newell refuses to acknowledge the number that has hounded him and Valve for as long as Half-Life 2: Episode 3 has been teased.
The wait for Half-Life 2: Episode 3 (or Half-Life 3) has been so long that Half-Life writer Marc Laidlaw, who left Valve in 2016, published what appeared to be a story summary of the mysterious third episode. Either way the wait for Half-Life 3 has been long and winding for fans.
Valve has been focusing primarily on its Steam store platform and existing live-service games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, and the struggling Artifact card game. But there have been signs that Valve is ramping up more game development, such as when the company purchased Firewatch studio Campo Santo in 2018.
If Valve is indeed working on Half-Life 3 right now to release within five years, the internet will finally find some semblance of peace. At least until Half-Life 4 is teased to come out sometime in the next 30 years.