Half-Life 3’s potential plot posted on line by longtime series journalist Marc Laidlaw

By this time, many people have actually abadndoned the idea we’ll ever see Half-Life 3, the long awaited followup to 2007’s Half-Life 2: Episode 2, however a new plot posted online by longtime show journalist has offered united states a tantalising glimpse of what its tale may have been. 

Composing on Twitter, Marc Laidlaw described the plot outline as “a genderswapped snapshot of a fantasy I’d several years ago” and lots of details of the plot happen changed.

For instance, Gordon Freeman is known as “Gertrude Fremont”, Alyx Vance is named “Alex Vaunt” and the woman dad, “Elly Vaunt”. Even the name for the plot (or ‘fanfic’ as Laidlaw refers to it as) is changed from ‘Episode 3’ to ‘Epistle 3’. 

Just what could have been

The plot summary is worth reading in its entirety, and its own a tantalising glimpse in to the way the game might have taken. 

Unfortunately, it increasingly looks like we may never get to see a third entry in Half-Life saga. A GameInformer investigation posted at the start of 2017 described the difficulties to getting tasks from the ground at Valve, which with the objectives for Half-Life 3 having reached stratospheric levels has meant that tries to work on the game have actually quickly fizzled out. 

It is pity, particularly when Half-Life 2 is widely considered to be one of the best games available, a followup is not likely to ever appear. We are going to only have to be content to dream about exactly what has been.