The next entry in the Half-Life series is approaching. And though it's not the mythical Half-Life 3 that hopefuls have held out for, Half-Life: Alyx might be the start of more to come rather than a swan song.
Speaking to Game Informer, Valve developer Robin Walker discussed the upcoming virtual reality entry in the Half-Life series. And when asked about what he would say to those still hoping that Valve is working on Half-Life 3, he noted how much this series means to the developers at Valve.
"There are Half-Life: Alyx team members who have been at Valve since Half-Life 2, and quite a few who go back to the original Half-Life," Walker says. "There are also people on the team for whom Half-Life: Alyx is their first time working on this series at all—and many of them certainly hope it's not the last. We absolutely see Half-Life: Alyx as our return to this world, not the end of it."
Whether this leaves the option open for more Half-Life to come is up to Valve. Half-Life: Alyx is mere weeks away from its release date of March 23, 2020. The VR-exclusive entry in the Half-Life series is looking fascinating, though issues of hardware shortages could pose some issues for those picking up a headset to play it.
In a recent episode of Boundary Break, Mike Shapiro—the voice of Half-Life's G-Man—teased something coming later in 2020. It might indeed be possible something new is on the way, though I'm keeping those hopes in check; we've waited years for more Half-Life, so I'm prepared to wait again for whatever else Valve might be thinking up for the series next.