[Update #2]

We would like to mention here that “Half-Life 3″ is speculation, as we only have confirmation that Half-Life 2: Episode 3 will not be the last Half-Life game. It has been confirmed previously that Episode 3 will end the current Half-Life story arc, but not the franchise, nor the episodic medium.

There is perfect chance that there will be a series of episodic Half-Life games after Episode 3 (but unconnected to the current story arc). Then again, we cannot deny the possibility of a full-fledged title like Half-Life 3. Hell, for all we know, it might even be a prequel!


We have had a number of comments wanting a confirmation of our sources. While this should not be required, the writing credits of the StuffWeLike.com staff can be confirmed. The writer of this piece Ted Stokes is the main game reviewer for Ireland’s main PC magazine PC Live! In the magazine’s current issue he has an interview with Assassin’s Creed Producer Jade Raymond.

The Founder and Editor of StuffWeLike.com, David Rodriguez, is known for his contributions to the independent video game community with his indie game publisher Packom Interactive. He has distributed several titles such as Ethereal Darkness Interactive‘s Morning’s Wrath and Wadjet Eye GamesThe Blackwell Legacy.

StuffWeLike.com was created back in 2002 as a website that dissects and entertains the internet generation.


[Original Post]

In an exclusive interview we at StuffWeLike.com have had official confirmation that there will be a Half Life 3.We are not talking about Half Life 2: Episode 3 but a Half Life title after that one.

Our confirmation comes after taking with Doug Lombardi the guy responsible for all those PR pieces you have seen and read recently about Half Life 2: Episode 2. While discussing the game mechanics that run the Orange Box Portal game the topics of future games came up. These interview pieces are below and we do have permission from Valve to release it to you guys. Even though its not much in terms of details even getting a confirmation that there will be another game is a first!

Doug Lombardi

TS-SWL: With the ending of Episode 2 going directly to help the feeling of “must play Episode 3 now” could you give the current estimated date for Episode 3′s release?

DL: We haven’t announced a date for Ep Three just yet.

TS-SWL: Are there any current plans after Episode 3 to have a Half Life 3?

DL: We haven’t announced anything specific, but Half-Life won’t end at Episode Three – hang on to your crowbars!

TS-SWL: For Portal, can you explain in layman’s terms how the engine allows the mechanics to make it so you can go from one point to another? Does it duplicate the room after a portal location is selected or is it something else?

DL: A portal is two planar rectangles in 3D space. When both portals are placed we build a mathematical formula that converts position and angle values from one portal to the other. Rendering the portal is done in a separate pass where we use that formula to covert the player’s view position and angles to the view they see through the portal.

We also generate special collision data to represent the portal hole by grabbing collision data near each portal, combining them, and carving a rectangular whole through the center. When the player is near the portal they use this collision data instead of the standard data, allowing them to pass through the wall. We then use the conversion formula to teleport the player to the proper position after they’ve gone more than halfway through the portal.

It’s of course a lot more complex than that, but that’s the basic idea.

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    David Rodriguez

    Can’t wait!



    It’s well known there’ll be more Half-Life after Ep III..


    David Rodriguez

    Of course there will be more Half Life games. The question was will there be episodic content or a full fledged sequel. Apparently Valve is doing both. :mrgreen:



    I’m a game programmer, and I didn’t understand a word he said about the portal..?

    Can someone start with explaining what the portal is for?


    Richard Portchmouth

    Official confirmation of Half Life 3? How the heck do you get that from “Half-Life won’t end at Episode Three”?

    By whatever rationale, you could just as easily interpret it to mean official confirmation of Episode Four.

    Supposition passed of as a ‘world exclusive’? Yeah, this is a real worthwhile site…



    Thats great !!! Im asking myself if there`s going to be alyx in the episode 3 cause shes`s hot. :oops: :grin: :grin: How long i will have to wait for episode 3?

    Youre on The Road to paradise :cool: :wink:

    Half life 1,2 Epi.1,Epi.2 I WANT MORE CAUSE IM GAME FREAK



    ummm… in no way whatsoever did doug say there would be a half-life three. could just be episode four. please stop brandying guesses as legitimate facts.



    I am so excited about this development.



    Yeah but i found something. They say that half life will end with episode 3.

    At the end of Episode Two, Gordon and Alyx watch a video recorded by Dr. Judith Mossman, a scientist who worked with Eli Vance and the resistance. Mossman reports of the discovery of a lost cargo ship, the Borealis, which supposedly carries a dangerous new technology developed by Black Mesa rivals Aperture Science. Episode Three will most likely take place aboard the Borealis, where you’ll be sent to retrieve the tech before the Combine get to it.

    Valve is already working on Episode Three. So when is it coming out? We have no idea. Hope i give you some answers


    marian bobiceag

    half life is tha beeeeeest i can’t wait for ep 3 to long i want it now:(


    David Rodriguez

    Hi Andy,

    The current story arch will end with episode 3. That’s what makes this news so important is that no one was sure if Valve would continue the series or put it on hold for a while. But it looks like things are moving on creating something Half Life related after episode 3.



    I still have one question. What is going to happen to Alyx Vance? Is she going to face the same fate as her father? I recall from episode 2 that she is going to be used just like freeman did. can i get some answeres?



    lol They havnt anouced a Half life 3 but the episodes will end at 3 but the franchise will still live on its pretty obvious they are gonna make a hl3 and lets just hope alyx stays all the way to the end and wtf happened to barney in ep 2 lol



    I just hope they will bring back Adrian Shephard, from Opposing Force. He’s been inside that V-22 Osprey that G-man put him in, for a along time now.

    It would be good if like a portal rift opened during the 7 hour war, and you got to play as Adrian Shephard during the 7 hour war. That would spice things up a bit, depending what Episode 3 turns out like.



    I think that hey should make half-life 3 as gordon and alyx workin together in a lab when they encounter a new more powerful alien species when they open a portal to another univerese.

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