Next Gen Consoles Will Bring Next Half Life
The 2012 E3 expo was held last month from June 5th – June 7th, where the video game industry gathers to show off new releases. As expected, Valve was silent about any Half Life 3 or Left 4 Dead 3 announcements. Here is my reasoning why we won’t see a new Half Life anytime soon. Valve is moving to cross-platform compatibility with their games. Games like Portal 2 successfully tapped into the console market, opening a whole new market for Valve. It stands to reason any future Valve titles will be concurrently released on PC and consoles.
Current generation consoles are approaching their end of life cycle and next generation consoles are around the corner. It makes logical sense that Half-Life 3 would be the next-gen title to take full advantage of the next Xbox and Playstation hardware. If Half-Life 3 does receive a new or major Source Engine overhaul, then I would bet it would also take advantage of the next-generation consoles rather than be built for what is out there today. PC gaming is much more powerful than what today’s consoles can handle. I don’t see the reason to develop a game that will quickly be obsolete by the time the Xbox 720 hits the stores. Instead, waiting for the new console specs to be finalized so game developers like Valve can develop towards that platform makes more sense. If we expect Half Life 3 to be the next ground breaking game we saw in Half Life 2, then releasing before the new Xbox and PlayStation 4 makes no sense. Why would Valve wait so long to release a game on hardware that will soon hit its expireation date?
The Xbox 720 is speculated to launch in November 2013. If this rumor holds true, then a 2013 E3 announcement about Half-Life 3 being released across platforms seems more likely. As each year passes the chances of a new Half Life only grow. 2012 doesn’t look to be the year, but hopefully in the next year or two we will hear big news.
Mark my words, “We will see Half-Life 3, Left 4 Dead 3, and Portal 3 released on the next generation consoles.” – Gordon Freeman, HalfLife3fans.com