Rumor Time: Half-Life 3 is an Open-World Shooter for 2013

A source close to Valve has allegedly stated that Half-Life 3 is in development, coming in 2013, and will be an open-world shooter.

The source spoke with the French site JournalduGamer and supposedly spilled beans about the inner workings of Valve. Reportedly, production has stopped and started on Half-Life 3 repeatedly, and there’s been a complete overhaul in the gameplay more than once. The result is that the game is no longer a straight, linear shooter like the earlier two iterations, it seems.

Apparently, Valve struggled to make Half-Life 3 a straight shooter, but the game just wasn’t coming together under that format. So instead, it’s open-world, complete with NPCs handing out quests for Gordon Freeman to take on. The source also says there will be RPG elements mixed in — so you might find yourself upgrading Gordon’s Hazard Suit along the way.

Finally, the suggestion is that instead of being Half-Life 2: Episode 3, this will be a full-on Half-Life title — Half-Life 3, as it were.

What do you guys think — buying this, or not so much? On board with the possibility of an open-world Half-Life? Let us know in the comments.

Thanks, VG247.

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11 Comments on Rumor Time: Half-Life 3 is an Open-World Shooter for 2013


On September 20, 2012 at 10:36 am

Half-Life 3 will feature whales with portals. You heard it here first!

There’s been so many things said about the game that it doesn’t even matter anymore until Valve actually says something about it.


On September 20, 2012 at 10:38 am

I’ve had it with linear gameplay and storytelling… It’s the year 2012 and some developers are still making games where the game develops the same way every time you walk down the same path…
This would be great. Giving players more options for how to go about finishing the game = higher replay value


On September 20, 2012 at 12:32 pm

smells like bullsh**, either that or valve is making rage 2 ( god i hope that that never gets made).


On September 20, 2012 at 5:05 pm

There’s a new rumor about this every other week it seems like, we’ll just have to wait for the official announcement from Valve… which won’t happen cause Gaben is swimming in his Money pool.


On September 20, 2012 at 8:49 pm

No offense to Valve, but this is already starting to sound like Duke Nukem Forever.


On September 20, 2012 at 11:48 pm

Right, and earlier this year it was “leaked” that HL3 was going to be out this holiday season. As for the RPG mechanics? Really, sorry Im not buying.

Also, get your umbrellas ready, dig out your fishing overalls and start building your ark now because you know, you KNOW that if Chell and/or GladOs is not in HF3, we will have to endure a Portal fanboy storm of apocalyptic proportions.

@DJS – I wish people would stop acting like “linear” is a dirty word. Yes, its 2012, why does that automatically mean all games must be considered open-world? Open world games can be just as bad and just as boring as linear games.


On September 21, 2012 at 2:55 am

This sounds way to good to be true. But you never know I mean this could be the gaming gods way of balancing the universe after Mass Effect 3′s ending but I doubt it. Besides if it does happen it’ll probaly be MP only so i’m not getting excited.


On September 21, 2012 at 5:58 am

Regardless of the veracity of these rumours, to quote SF Debris: “It’s not what they do, but how they do it that counts”

thomas theis

On September 21, 2012 at 7:21 am

I dont care what the game withholds with a title like half-life 3 and the history of mesa and 2 and ep 1 and ep 2.. I know this will be the best game of the year and probably of the next 10 years cuase of all the mods that will be made for it!!! half life 3 “head crab melt down” << heard it here first.. orignal pint being they could make every thing look like poop, like southpark.. AND if they did IT WOULD BE THE BEST GAME.. better then all halo and all cod games put together


On September 21, 2012 at 11:27 am

Sounds like there going to take the skyrim approach, I would not be surprised if this game ends up being built around mods.


On September 21, 2012 at 5:09 pm

if they do it right, it will be the best thing ever to happen to video games.

and valve has a good history with doing things right.