Half-Life 3 is possibly further away than we think, since the four writers of Half-Life 2 have left Valve, in addition to two other reasons that are glimpsed for the non-development of the game.
Possibly one of the most sought after games on the net and the most anticipated in the history of video games is Half-Life 3 and this title is highly anticipated, after many years of crossing in the desert of fans of the saga and many they continue to expect it to hit the market in the near future. Valve internally seems to be on something else and the future of the franchise is full of shadows and it seems that there are three clear reasons why the game would not develop in the short term.
Reason 1: The Writers
The four screenwriters after the game left Valve, the last two being the writers Mark Laidlaw and Eric Wolpaw, who left the company in January of last year. Chet Faliszet also announced the departure of Valve and recently Jay Pinkerton has retired, who has unexpectedly announced on his Facebook page that he has left Valve. The latter began working on the development of Cracket and joined Valve in 2008, according to IGN at the time. I work as a co-writer with Wolpaw on Portal 2.
Reason 2: Other games
Valve right now would be focused on other titles for Steam and with which the company records greater benefits. The titles that Valve has focused on have been DotA 2, Counter Strike and Team Fortress 2, three titles that support and nurture Valve revenue. This would be the reason why they have all left, because Valve is really focused on these three titles and would not consider the development of Half-Life 3.
Reason 3: Lack of Interest
Gabe Newell, CEO of Valve, has already commented on the development of Half-Life 3 in the past, saying that this would be a future project, as long as the team showed interest in the development of Half-Life 3. Development does not seem likely and four writers have left, so the future of the installment is bleaker than ever.
It was back in 2004 when Half-Life 2 was launched and since then thirteen years have passed and there is no data that points to a future development. Fans of the saga can only wait for the development of Half-Life 3 to move forward, with other writers and possibly new ideas that launch the saga again and give it a spin, we hope, without losing the origins.