A Half Life 3 Rumor that the game Will Never Release? even if its? script and story has been completed was revealed?by YouTube channel The Know yesterday, but Valve?s Marc Laidlaw refuted the claims.
The Know said an anonymous source told them that Valve was earning enough money on its own from their profits on Steam. They also do not want to release the game even if the script and story is already finished because of Valve fears the toxic ?gamer culture? as it may damage their business if Half-Life 3 doesn?t meet their fans expectations.
Laidlow responded to a fan message as posted on Reddit saying The Know?s source was just ?trolling? them:
?The story is created through the process of trying to figure out how to best use the features of the engine within the interesting set of constraints it poses. The story is part of the game. It doesn?t exist as a separate script that is handed off to game designers which they are expected to somehow make compelling through puzzles and combat.?
The Half Life 3 rumor started when The Know pieced together facts and an insider source. They said that the management of Valve wasn?t invested in the game and moved their resources away from the project.
?Valve is making so much cash from Steam and their microtransaction based games like Team Fortress 2 and DOTA 2 that they have no reason to pursue the game from a business perspective.?
How Much Money Valve Allegedly Earns and How Much They Will Earn From Half-Life 3
The Know partnered with Superdata to estimate how much Valve earns from Steam, their first party games, and their cut from third party games.
- Valve?s top three games: DOTA 2, CS GO, and TF2 earned over $400 million in 2014.
- Valve takes an alleged 30 percent cut from 3rd party transactions on Steam, a detail that The Know admits they are unsure of because Valve doesn?t release revenue data for Steam, but if it was true, they would be earning $330 million from it.
- The Know projected the Half-Life 3 sales to be at 12 million copies with a 30% estimated increase of sales from the past games:
- Half Life 1 (9.3 million copies)
- Half Life 2 (9 million copies)
- Half Life 2: Episode 1 (5.6 million copies)
- Half Life 2: Episode 2 (5 million copies)
They however said that their latter Half Life sales projection are not accurate because of their inability to include sales from Steam and The Orange Box.
Why Would Valve Hesitate Even If They Would Earn Money?
The Know said even if the company would be earning from a Half- Life 3 game, they are afraid of risking negative feedback from their game as it may receive the same flak as Mass Effect 3 which was widely criticized by fans for not giving an ending fit for the franchise.
?Apparently Valve is actually afraid to release the game at all,? The Know said. ?Releasing a less than perfect Half Life 3 would bring on such waves of internet hate that?s not worth risking in the first place.?
There is also no financial pressure for Valve to release their game because they are a private company, the Know said.
Gamers have long been awaiting Half-Life 3 which has been painfully teased in their latest game which ended in a cliffhanger. Let?s just hope that the game pulls a Last Guardian and Final Fantasy 7 stunt, announcing the game when everyone least expects it.