Ever since Valve confirmed that it was working on a consumer virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) earlier in the year, there’s been jokes, speculation and even hopes that the long-requested second sequel to the Half-Life franchise, Half-Life 3, would be coming to the device. The company has since revealed the first in what is planned to be a series of HMDs that support its SteamVR system, the HTC Vive. Sadly – though somewhat predictably – Half-Life 3 has not been revealed for the device, and it may never be.
Valve’s Chet Faliszek has been hosting a VR-focused talk at the EGX consumer show in Birmingham, UK today titled ‘The Year Ahead in VR’. During a Q&A section of the talk, the VR developer was of course asked if Half-Life 3 would be revealed for the HTC Vive. Faliszek’s reply was simple: “We were kind of betting if that was going to be asked. No.” The fan asking the question then tried to catch him out, stating that Faliszek hadn’t answered his first question. The developer jokingly replied: “I said no!”
Half-Life 3 has long been rumoured since the release of Half-Life 2: Episode 2 all the way back in late 2007. While Gordon Freeman’s next adventure may not be showing up on the device any time soon, Valve has already created a VR tech demo that is based off of another one of its popular franchises, Portal. In this piece, which itself is on display at EGX, players find themselves in Aperture Science, and use the HTC Vive’s position-tracked controllers and Room Scale user tracking to carry out some repairs on a device.
It’s possible that Faliszek’s comments were made more jokingly than intended to be taken as confirmation that Half-Life 3 wouldn’t be coming to VR platforms. Either way, his comments certainly won’t be killing off the rumours. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all VR-supported titles, reporting back with the latest on them.