Marc Laidlaw, the writer behind Half Life and all its sequels has retired from Valve, it is reported. Whether this means Half Life 3 is forever lost to gamers is unknown, as nobody knows if it will ever become a thing at all.
Marc Laidlaw joined Valve in 1997, and his last known work on Half Life was with Half Life 2: Episode 2 in 2007. A fan of the series emailed Marc, and surprisingly for the fan, he received an email response with the following transcript, which was posted on Reddit:
“I am no longer a full or part time Valve employee, no longer involved in day-to-day decisions or operations, no longer a spokesperson for the company, no longer privy to most types of confidential information, no longer working on Valve games in any capacity,” he said.
“An outwardly obvious reason is that I’m old, or anyway oldish. My nickname when I first started at Valve in 1997 was ‘old man Laidlaw’. The little baby level designer who gave me that that nickname is now older than I was then.
“I had a good run but lately I have been feeling a need for a break from the collaborative chaos of game production, and a return to more self-directed writing projects.”
Will Half Life 3 ever come to be, or would the built up hype after all these years result in it being a letdown?