Half-Life lead writer, Marc Laidlaw, has revealed a plot summary for Half-Life 2: Episode 3. Great news for fans who long to know how things turned out for hero Dr. Gordon Freeman.
Marc told his version of the next, longed for chapter through a post on his personal website, entitled Epistle 3. This original post is currently inaccessible, but quick thinking gamer Jackathan has preserved the post on GitHub.
The Half-Life 2: Episode 3 announcement is the latest on the next development in the Half-Life universe since Gabe Newell dropped a teaser back in January.
So Marc Laidlaw just released the story for Half Life 2 Episode 3. I no longer need Half Life 3. I am freed. https://t.co/xbt2h7FktV
— MNBC Vol 2 OUT NOW (@MelloMakes) August 25, 2017
As we know, Marc won’t be officially penning any more of Gordon’s story so this will give diehards fans a welcome sense of closure. It’s fascinating to get an extra and unexpected insight into Marc’s imagination, and this could be as close to the cannon as we’re ever going to get.
However, for some fans, this revelation is bittersweet, offering a tantalising glimpse into what might have been. Almost like perusing the menu for a delicious meal you’re never going to eat…
I think these users from r/HalfLife have placed it best how many of us may feel tonight. pic.twitter.com/YFwpnbjFLd
— Ratman Joestar?? (@HaruspexOfHell) August 25, 2017
Those who are still crossing their fingers for more Half-Life shouldn’t worry too much about spoilers. If Dr Gordon and co. are ever resurrected, Marc’s vision probably won’t make the cut.
Also, this post is more of a plot summary than a complete game breakdown. It maps out how Marc would have steered the story, but leaves plenty of room for further development and interpretation.
Clearly there is still a real hunger for the iconic sci-fi game and, with a bit of luck, Valve will be paying attention…
Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.