When will we be able to expect Half-Life 3? 2014? 2015? Well whatever it is, Valve seems to be denying the existence of the game at the moment, despite the mountain of rumors which we have been hearing about recently. After all Half-Life has to be one of the more iconic franchises in the video game industry and it would make sense for Valve to capitalize on that, wouldn’t it? After all given the success of the Half-Life franchise, it would be almost easy money for the company to create sequel after sequel of the game, but as it turns out as easy and tempting as it would be, it is not in Valve’s culture to do so.
Speaking in an interview with The Washington Post, Valve’s Gabe Newell revealed why the company does not take the easy route out and just produce sequel after sequel. “When we started out we were a single-player video game company that could have been really successful just doing Half-Life sequel after Half-Life sequel, but we collectively said let’s try to make multiplayer games even though there’s never been a commercial successful multiplayer game.” Of course there is nothing wrong with churning out sequel after sequel. In fact companies such as Ubisoft have no qualms about releasing Assassin’s Creed titles on a yearly basis because that’s how confident they are of the franchise.
What do you guys think? Do you think that constant releases will devalue a franchise, or are you, like most gamers, starting to get impatient that Valve has yet to make any Half-Life 3 announcements?