You know it's coming and now the day is here: Half-Life 3 has been announced and is an exclusive part of the Epic Game Store. The announcement from Valve is no surprise as Half-Life 3 will be the title of the Valve Index.
Valve will release Half-Life 3 exclusively for its new Valve Index VR headset, the successor to the HTC Vive, which shares it with developed by the smartphone manufacturer. HTC has future Vive headsets in production and will hit the market later this year. Valve continues to work with HTC on these headsets, making Half-Life 3 part of that massive year of hardware releases for the company.
At Half-Life 3 you once again play as Gordon Freeman with the game supported by Valve's own next-gen source 3.0 engine, which is well used in the new Orange Box. Valve's new Orange Box will feature a number of new games from the developer, including Half-Life 3, Portal 3, Left 4 Dead 3, Team Fortress 3 and CS: GO 2.
The full package costs $ 50 and will be available today on April 1
Yes, of course this is an April Fool's joke and I'm so sorry if any of you got cheated or annoyed by it. I'm an Aussie doing an excavation, we'll do that. I wish all this stuff was going to happen, and Valve has to get rid of her ass and do something about it. I really hope we see a new industry where Valve can keep up with all the other game developers and digital distribution platforms.
With new game releases by Valve, it's really difficult, in terms of two aspects: First, Valve is a private company. It does not report to a large conglomerate or board of investors, which means we do not launch new games every year in legendary franchises such as Portal and Half-Life, as do other franchises like Call of Duty.
But the other side of the coin is that Valve has the freedom to do anything she wants and to create something that has lasting effects. Just like every game they've released. Just think about this list:
- Half-Life 2
- Portal 2
- Team Fortress
- Team Fortress 2
- Left 4 Dead
- Left 4 Dead 2  Counter -Strike
- CS: GO
- Dota 2
Each game on this list got better with its new release and most of these games were released many, many years ago. Imagine new games from Valve with new game mechanics, graphics, AI, a new Steam (layout, interface, features, etc.) and more. Valve could do it, and I hope we get it (much) sooner than later.
Valve, do it.