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Half-Life “Epistle 3” game jam gives us hope

A glimmer of hope for a continuation of the Half-Life story, could a mod team deliver? We can keep dreaming.

Remember several weeks ago when former Valve writer Mark Laidlaw leaked a plot synopsis for “Epistle 3” with gender swapped characters?

It felt like closure, but deep down, we still want Half-Life 3, or Half-Life 2: Episode 3, or just any game to give us some real closure, right? We don’t care about the name!

On the back of Laidlaw’s disclosure of his vision for the plot, a game jam is being hosted over on itch.io, inviting anyone to make Epistle 3, using Laidlaw’s plot synopsis as the foundation.

There’s no restriction on genre or art style, creators are invited to go wild. A number of first-person shooters are in there, mostly using the Unreal 4 engine, but at least one is based on Unity.

Buried within these entries could be “the one”

The good news? This game jam has been going on since August and ends on October 31st, so it’s almost over. This means, I’m hoping, at least one of the current fifteen entries will deliver something promising by the end of it. I think it’s safe to assume Valve will never make the game, but maybe someone else can.

The Crowbar Collective are doing a great job recreating the original Half-Life in the Source engine, Black Mesa is not finished after over 10 years, but what’s available so far is excellent. They’re working on the final “Xen” alien chapters, which were notoriously bad in the original. The current claim for that is December as a “do-or-die” deadline.

What’s the longest you’ve waited for a game to be released? Are you still holding out for something, or have you aged significantly and given up?

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