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Since Half-Life 2: Episode Two was released in October 2007, game developer Valve has been awfully quiet about the next installment. Although they have previously announced that they aim to release a new episode every 6 to 8 months, they have been pretty much off the mark. So the big question is will there be a third and final installment of Half-Life?

If the rumors about the Half-Life 3 release date turn out to be true, it will be available in 2018. But rumors are just that. And until an official announcement is made, nothing is ever certain.

But here’s why the third and final installment may be far from happening.

An Episode 3 teaser was deliberately omitted.

Most game developers would provide teasers at the end of an installment to give players something to look forward to. But this wasn’t the case with Half-Life 2: Episode Two. Valve’s David Speyrer explained that omitting the teaser was intentional, to avoid ruining the mood a player would have been in at the end of the game, which is on a high.

On one hand, the game developer didn’t want to make the same mistake with the
Episode 2 trailer, which did not translate into the actual game. A teaser for Episode 3 would have been premature and would limit their options for creativity.

Hopes were raised when GamesRadar released the first concept art for Episode 3. Excitement further escalated when there was hints of an Episode 4 in 2006.

Fast forward to 2015, Valve’s Gabe Newell dropped hints about the future of Half-Life, but there were no denial or confirmation about future ventures with the Half-Life series. The future became even bleaker when members of the Half-Life creative team left Valve. Marc Laidlaw and Doug Wood both resigned from Valve, and retired from video game writing and video game animation, respectively.

So now what do we have that keep us hoping?

A possible release date of 2018. Avid fans and players are hoping that Valve would show something related to Half-Life 3 at the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show, despite the developer keeping mum about the whole thing. What’s two more years of waiting, right?

Industry followers speculate that 2018 is a strong possibility, as the Half-Life franchise would be 20 years old by then. What better way to celebrate milestones than to release another sequel to the Half-Life 2: Episode Two, right?

Until then, we hope and wait for a 2018 Half-Life 3 release.

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