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Valve may be gearing up for an interesting few years, as it seems Erik Wolpaw who helped write Portal, Half-Life: 2 episodes and more is now back at Valve.

The tip comes from ValveNewsNetwork and I've certainly got no reason to think it's not true as McVicker does some pretty decent Valve coverage on YouTube. On top of that, Wolpaw is actually listed in the credits for Artifact (see here).

We know that Valve do have multiple titles in the works at the moment, so bringing in more people isn't exactly surprising. They recently released Artifact, In the Valley of Gods is coming since Campo Santo joined Valve and they have others they say are "top secret".

It will be interesting to see what they're doing especially since Valve is possibly making a VR Half-Life game. It's certainly going to be a fun year.

I just want to see a new Left 4 Dead game, is it too much to ask?

As always, I've reached out to Valve to confirm it too just to be sure.

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Beamboom 4 January 2019 at 1:48 pm UTC
On top of my wishlist from Valve is that they break the news with a ETA on their VR set. Simply cause I then know it will be well supported for Linux from day one.
TimeFreeze 4 January 2019 at 1:50 pm UTC
Left 4 Dead 3 , Half-Life 2: Episode 3 , Portal 3 anything.....just SOMETHING. I cant play those fantastic games always. I already know them in and out. Ah whatever *starts a new playthrough*
Thetargos 4 January 2019 at 2:45 pm UTC
I certainly hope they will bring closure to the fans with Ep. 3 (ideally made in the same spirit as both predecesors, on the same engine) and maybe see if they are going to expand on the aftermath of the mess left by the Combine in another game. Only time will tell. Good to know Valve is back making games.
oliver- 4 January 2019 at 4:13 pm UTC
Half-Life 3 confirmed!
MayeulC 4 January 2019 at 5:42 pm UTC
ThetargosOnly time will tell. Good to know Valve is back making games.

Time, Mr Freeman?
I really hope they take theirs instead of releasing a half-backed HL3. Epistle 3 sounds amazing in my head. There is so much to explore, so many questions to answer.

If I have any wishes for the next HL, it would be to make it a bit grimmer, with no clear-cut good decisions, but rather more unintended consequences. Also, reinforce again the sentiment of being colonized by an overwhelming force, just like Oceania was.
I've read a reddit post on HL being an essay on colonization, and teleportation technology, and it made me dream a sequel even more. But a good one

Edit: Now that I think more about it, a whole universe dedicated to teleportation might be ideal for a VR game.


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Thetargos 4 January 2019 at 6:00 pm UTC
MayeulC
ThetargosOnly time will tell. Good to know Valve is back making games.

Time, Mr Freeman?
I really hope they take theirs instead of releasing a half-backed HL3. Epistle 3 sounds amazing in my head. There is so much to explore, so many questions to answer.

If I have any wishes for the next HL, it would be to make it a bit grimmer, with no clear-cut good decisions, but rather more unintended consequences. Also, reinforce again the sentiment of being colonized by an overwhelming force, just like Oceania was.
I've read a reddit post on HL being an essay on colonization, and teleportation technology, and it made me dream a sequel even more. But a good one
Absolutely. Part of the appeal is precisely the ambiguity in many situations. I only hope The G Man character will not get out of hand, but again, only the authors know. I really wish they finally conclude the story arc portrayed in Ep. 2, and then move on to whatever they want (human colonization of Xen?) Whatever they do, I only hope it will have the degree of polish that shut my mouth back in 2004 with HL2, a game I was sure could not live up to the hype it generated... Lo and behold, not only did it live up to it, surpassed it and only instilled even MORE. Valve, please, shut my mouth again!

Or what they did with Portal... Masterpiece.
NeptNutz 4 January 2019 at 6:37 pm UTC
My only hope is that Valve leads the charge into the uncharted wild blue oceans of PC gaming, where only dragons live and angels fear to tread. Consoles need not apply.

The original Half-Life was barely conceivable on the original PlayStation in 1998 and barely attainable on the PS2 in 2001. Half-Life 2 was passable on the Xbox but, again, why would you do that? VR on PC is already light years ahead of PSVR, so part of the new Blue Ocean Strategy seems clear.

As with all Valve games, they eventually come home to roost on PC anyway since other platforms' ecosystems simply let titles die on the vine. Indeed, where does an 8th-Gen Xbone or PS4 player get their Orange Box fix these days?

"Talking of which", I'm still claiming 'firsties' for the title A Clockwerk Orange Box to coincide with SteamOS 3.0 and perhaps bundled with new round of Steam Machines.
jarhead_h 4 January 2019 at 7:06 pm UTC
He's there to work on Half Life VR, a prequel to Half Life 2, because prequels are always beloved and never screw anything up. After all, we all know that what we really wanted was to find out what Darth Vader was like as a little kid.
kuhpunkt 4 January 2019 at 7:11 pm UTC
jarhead_hHe's there to work on Half Life VR, a prequel to Half Life 2, because prequels are always beloved and never screw anything up. After all, we all know that what we really wanted was to find out what Darth Vader was like as a little kid.

I'm curious what the 7 Hour War looked like.
Thetargos 4 January 2019 at 7:14 pm UTC
kuhpunktI'm curious what the 7 Hour War looked like.

At some point I thought they would make that into a movie or mini series of sorts. Still interesting.
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