'Half-Life' author Marc Laidlaw leaves Valve after 18 years

'Half-Life' writer Marc Laidlaw leaves Valve after 18 years

In the event you’ve been holding your breath for Half-Life three over the previous 12 years, we’ve got two questions for you:

  • How are you continue to alive?
  • Are you able to deal with extra disappointment?

Marc Laidlaw, an 18-yr veteran of Valve Software program and the lead author of Half-Life, Half-Life 2 and its two subsequent episodes, has left the corporate. Information of his departure broke on Reddit after consumer TeddyWolf posted screenshots of an e-mail trade with Laidlaw (which Eurogamer has since verified). Within the e-mail, Laidlaw confirms his “retirement” from Valve.

Laidlaw does not reveal any inside details about a hypothetical Half-Life three, although he notes, “Half-Life is absolutely owned by Valve. It got here into existence earlier than my arrival. The place Valve might select to take it sooner or later just isn’t in my palms. I’ve been a grateful co-creator, however my time engaged on the collection is behind me.”

He says he is leaving the studio, partially, as a result of he is previous — or at the least “oldish.” Going ahead, Laidlaw says he’ll in all probability get again to writing unique tales.

“Engaged on video games has been a tremendous schooling, a vocation, a whole profession I by no means anticipated to have,” he writes. “I discovered a calling that did not even exist once I was a sprout. However it feels just like the time is true to return to my roots and see the place that takes me.”

We have reached out to Valve for touch upon Laidlaw’s retirement and the way forward for the Half-Life franchise. As a result of, someway, we nonetheless have hope.

PREDICTION Half-Life three will all of the sudden seem on Steam one superb day. No manufactured hype machine. @Beyonce type. pic.twitter.com/rNDAmeGYJR

— Jessica L. Conditt (@JessConditt) September eleven, 2015