The Fanbase’s Journey to Make Half-Life 2: Episode 3

The Half-Life series is one of Valve’s most well-known properties. Primarily for the fact that development for the series has stopped partway through in the mid-2000’s with Half-Life 2: Episode 2. However, the fans are using official materials in order to continue the story of crowbar-wielding scientist Gordon Freeman.

Half-Life 3 Still Not Confirmed

October 10th, 2007 marked the release date for the last official entry in the Half-Life series, Half-Life 2: Episode 2. Since then, fans have been feverishly waiting for the next chapter in the series. A particular meme involves any sort of trivial event being Half-Life 3’s announcement. It is the platonic ideal of vaporware. However, most of the key creative story staff left Valve in 2016 and 2017, so the series may never see an official ending.

However, there is hope. Last August, former Valve writer Marc Laidlaw released a synopsis for the rest of the unfinished series’ plot. Although the names were changed, it was highly apparent to fans that this was something big. A plot synopsis is by no means equal to actually playing a story. It’s better than nothing, though, and “nothing” is what the fanbase has known since 2007.

Some fans, not willing to wait for the possibility of more nothing, have decided to take this synopsis and attempt to turn it into a real game. This game, titled Project Borealis, is being made by an international team of modders using the Unreal Engine.

The project is still in its infancy, and there’s no guarantee that it will be released or be a good game. Any scrap of hope is worth savoring, however, when you’ve been starved from a series for a decade. Even if Project Borealis doesn’t meet the fans’ expectations, we’ll always have Full Life Consequences. That has to mean something, at least.

 

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