While Valve may be dominating the digital distribution service on the PC thanks in large part to Steam, many fans associate the software company with its massively popular franchises like Team Fortress 2, Portal, and Half-Life. Though fans have been holding out hope for any sort of news on Half-Life 3 for well over a decade now, that dream has taken another damaging hit as writer Chet Faliszek has announced his departure from the company after 12 years.
After joining Valve to work on Half-Life 2: Episode One, Faliszek went on to write for most of Valve’s major franchises like DOTA 2, Portal and Portal 2, both Left 4 Dead games, and even Counter Strike: Global Offensive. Though the reason for his departure was not given, the split between the two sides is amicable. For now, Faliszek has not confirmed what’s next, though as someone with his talents, he’s sure to be scooped up by another company sooner rather than later.
With Faliszek now gone, Valve has lost every primary writer from every mainline franchise including downloadable content as well. Half-Life writer Marc Laidlaw departed the company last year, citing age and a yearning to write his own original stories. Erik Wolpaw, writer on both Portal titles, Left 4 Dead, and both Half-Life 2 episodes, left Valve back in February of this year to join Tim Schafer at Double Fine. He’s currently co-writing Psychonauts 2.
“Nothing exciting or drama filled. I worked there 12 years, shipped a bunch of great games and some amazing hardware and wanted to change things up. There’s no news on what’s next etc, I will let you know when that happens.”
On the software side, there doesn’t seem to be much happening as Valve continues to grow its virtual reality business while also concentrating on the moneymaker that is Steam. Obviously, with Valve’s stable of primary writers now empty, it puts a damper on the possibility of fans seeing Half-Life 3 any time soon. Then again, you never know as Valve continued the long string of teases last month on April Fools by announcing a Half-Life 3 release party.
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