Half-Life 3 to be open-world, claims blog

Published: 22nd September 2012 10:20 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd September 2012 10:21 AM   |  A+A-

A French gaming blog Le Journal du Gamer has claimed inside information on the development of the third edition of the much-awaited award winning science fiction PC game Half-Life 3.

A trusted source who wishes to remain anonymous told the French website that the game would see an ‘open-world’ format as against the first-person shooter (FPS) format the prequels had. Open-world game play is non-linear giving players the freedom to play without obligations of achieving tasks or objectives. A popular example of open-world is Grand Theft Auto.

The person close to Valve (makers of the Half-Life franchise) has confirmed that the development of Half-Life 3 is well under way, although much work remains.

“Half-Life 3 will be very action-oriented, but with many role-playing elements: open-world, quests and non-player characters will be waiting for you!” the blog stated in a post on September 17.

According to the source, Half-Life 3 would be release after 2013.

Valve Corporation has been tight lipped about the development of Half-Life 3 ever since Half-Life 2 Episode Two was released in 2007.

Half-Life was released in 1998 winning more than 50 Game of the Year awards. Players assume the role of protagonist Gordon Freeman, a theoretical physicist, who must survive after a complicated science experiment goes fatally wrong. The second installment, Half-Life 2 came out in 2003.

Manoj Menon, Director at Worldwide CD Rom, a Mumbai-based video game distribution company that represents Valve in India, told Express that there is no confirmation on Half-Life 3 as yet. “We can’t say. As of now, there’s nothing confirmed. Valve has been very secretive about the development of Half Life,” he said.


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