Marc Laidlaw, former writer for Valve Software and scribe behind the Half-Life games, cheekily released the plot for the unreleased/made/announced game Half-Life 2: Episode 2/Half-Life 3.
You might be able to read his original post on his site here, which was struggling earlier, alternatively there’s a copy up on Pastebin with the amusing name/gender swaps replaced to their more well known counterparts.
It’s quite a read; using that thing I have called an “imagination” I feel like I played a Half-Life game today, one that I’ve never played before, it’s all quite sudden. I don’t know how I feel about it.
The internet is going understandably crazy about this, with many saying RIP Half-Life 3, feeling the game will definitely never be made now. It reads to me like the end of the episodes and Half-Life 2 story arc, setting up another full sequel which we’ll probably never get either.
I’ve long since given up waiting for Valve to finish or even continue this series, having moved on to titles such as Borderlands, but I have to admit, reading this did make me nostalgic for the games of my youth.
Modding teams, it’s over to you; there’s the plot, you have the technology, make it happen. I doubt Valve ever will.