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Half Life fans can be loosely categorized into two camps: those who are still optimistic that a third installment of the game will appear, and those who have already given up hope of ever seeing it. People who have joined the second group can be forgiven for getting discouraged; after all, it’s been 12 years since the Half Life 2 has come out in 2004. Game developer Valve also hasn’t exactly given any clues as to when (and if) Half Life 3 would be released.

However, there have been rumors floating around the web that the game’s third installment will be launched in 2018. If this is true, the launch of Half Life 3 will mark the 20th anniversary of the game (the first installment was released in 1998) and will definitely be welcomed with open arms by lifelong fans.

It seems, though, that the 2018 release of Half Life 3 won’t only be due to sentimental notions. According to Master Herald, the third installment of the game will only be released after Valve’s other popular game “Left 4 Dead 3” gets launched.

Half Life fans may feel miffed over the fact that Valve is prioritizing “Left 4 Dead 3”, but it’s probably worth it if another rumor about Half Life 3 turns out to be true. Specifically, this rumor states that the third installment of the game will be released in VR format. This definitely isn’t impossible, considering that virtual reality is already commercially available nowadays. By the time 2018 rolls around, the technology would most likely be stable and widely accepted by gamers, and Valve won’t have to worry about launching a game that people couldn’t or wouldn’t play.

The report that Valve is involved in the development of virtual reality technology just strengthens this rumor. The company is said to be providing the software for HTC’s Vive VR headset and has helped in the creation of a set of mini VR experiences called The Lab. However, Valve has not created a full-fledged VR game as of yet so, if Half Life 3 turns out to VR-based it might be the company’s first-ever virtual reality game.

It’s important to note, though, that Valve has not made any official comment about these rumors nor released any statement about Half Life 3. As Digital Spy points out, Valve co-founder Gabe Newell has been making vague comments about the game’s third installment and has neither confirmed or denied its existence.