This could take years and by all means they should. There won’t be an Episode 3, the article was crystal clear on that and I agree. It’s something I have assumed for a long time, making episodic content at this point makes little to no sense. For it to fit both visually and ascetically they would need to develop it using the almost 10 year old Episode 2 version of the Source Engine. This would be a step backwards by all accounts as they have already poured much effort into developing a new set of tools and a successor Engine to Source.
A sequel of any kind will come in the form of a standalone Half-Life 3 utilizing the latest in tech and tools, ready to wow us much like the jump from HL1 to 2. This is one of the major stumbling blocks VALVe will need to overcome. I am positive the story is complete and there is nothing there really to be changed, the issue is telling it or how they will tell it, and in what format?
I don’t agree that the potential JJ Abrams Movie is the only thing that might breathe life back into the series. Half-Life is not dead, it never was, it continues to have droves of fans, communities continue to mod and develop for the series. All it would take would be an inkling of a sign or a message that the game is coming and the Internet will literally explode. I even get excited at the mere thought of it. And therein lies the biggest stopper that Half-Life faces, Expectations…
It’s easy to play the blame game here and point the finger at VALVe for not producing a third episode when the wheel was turning back in 07. Personally I think they were right to stop when they did. They risked damaging the series by making something for the sake of finishing it, so rather quit while you are ahead and revisit it at a later date with replenished vigor, it doesn’t matter that it’s going to be over 10 years later.
What needs to happen is that we all need to lower our crazy internal expectations of what this game should be and simply enjoy what it will be when it eventually comes to life, only then will the game truly succeed.
Half-Life is part of a legacy, an unfinished one at that. Aside from the constant and relentless reminders from the community. I am positive Gabe, and many of those who worked on the original game have a small nagging feeling that this story is something that deserves an ending, that quite simply cannot be left untold. Most of us are familiar with that nagging feeling from something left unfinished or incomplete. That in itself will be enough to get the project in motion once the time is right.
Call my views jaded, plaster me as a hopeless delusional fool, you might just be right but I will continue to have faith and believe that Gordon will come back, that his ever trusty crowbar will taste Combine Advisor flesh and in the end of course, get the girl. We need to step back and let VALVe do what they are best at, telling compelling stories in such an interactive way that you really do feel like you are part of it yourself. Stop baying for blood and give them a chance to do so. Practice patience and maybe some optimism that the game will arrive like the saying goes..
Better late than never.