Half-Life 2 voice actor John Patrick Lowrie has revealed that Valve isn’t developing Half-Life 3 in the comments section of his blog. The game hasn’t been officially announced yet and Valve has never hinted that it’s in development either. Half-Life 2 came out in 2004 and it’s been almost a decade since a true sequel has been released.
Here is the biggest challenge with bringing out HL3: the big thing now with FPSs is motion capture, or mo-cap. One of the great things about HL2 is that all of the characters that you meet actually look at you when they talk to you no matter where you go or stand. With mo-cap you can’t do that, at least not yet. Once you film the actor doing something and capture that motion, that’s what the character is going to do. This works great in movies, but when you make something interactive it gets way less interactive with mo-cap. So that’s one of the things they’re working on.
Right. As far as I know they are not developing HL3 now for several reasons, among them the mo-cap issue. Sorry for any confusion. What they might decide in the future depends on lots of different factors. I hope they do, personally, but it has to make sense for them.
While his comments should not been taken as an absolute fact, Valve’s silence on this issue is worrisome for a lot of fans excited about playing the game. You can watch a nice fan made trailer though.
We will keep you updated once we hear more on this.