Rumour: Half-LIfe 3 To Be 'Open World', Coming After 2013 Says Valve Source
Written Thursday, September 20, 2012 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
According to a source "close to Valve", Half-Life 3 is set to be an open world title with RPG elements that will release "after 2013". This is the latest in a long line of Half-Life 3-related rumours, positioning the game as a fully-fledged Half-Life sequel rather than Half-Life 2: Episode 3.
Following a slew of leaked concept artwork earlier in the year, a Journaldugamer report picked up by International Business Times notes that the development of Half-Life 3 reportedly had the game initially positioned as a straight-up linear "pure shooter", before opting to pursue something with puzzle-solving and exploration.
The report reckons that Half-Life 3 in its current guise is an "open world" game with "quests and NPCs". Apparently, the title has been through a number of "total revisions" to get to this point, amid a "very chaotic" development period. It seems somewhat odd however that Valve, having made numerous excellent linear shooters would opt to go open world for Half-Life 3.
The Valve source noting that Half-Life 3 is coming "after 2013" also suggests that the game could be a next-generation release. It's also thought that Valve taking the time to develop a new Source Engine has contributed considerably to the game's announcement being delayed, with Valve's Gabe Newell declaring that he doesn't want to "drive people crazy" with premature announcements.
Fingers crossed that we hear something more official and above board surrounding Half-Life 3 soon. Whether any of the above - or indeed any of the details from previous HL3 rumours - proves to be true or not, remains to be seen.