According to Marc Laidlaw, the responsible author behind the story of “Half-Life 2”, the plot for the protagonist Gordon Freeman would not have been completed with a possible “Half-Life 3”. Instead, the players would have had to arrange with another cliffhanger.
Even if the fans around the world in the past years repeatedly used for a possible successor, an official announcement of “Half-Life 3” is still waiting today.
In the course of a recent interview, Marc Laidlaw, the author responsible for the story of “Half-Life 2”, once again referred to a possible third part. As Laidlaw points out, the players should not expect the story around the protagonist Gordon Freeman to be completed with “Half-Life 3”. Instead, Valve would probably have kept open the possibility of sending further successors into the race.
Half-Life 3: The story of Gordon Freeman would not have been completed according to author Marc Laidlaw
As Laidlaw has done, he already had many ideas for the story of “Half-Life 3” and wanted to get a sort of reset between the two episodes 2 and 3. According to this, “Half-Life 3” should not only explain different loose ends, but at the same time Valve should be able to hand the brand to a new generation of developers.
Therefore it would have to be expected that “Half-Life 3” just like its predecessors had ended with a cliffhanger. Thus, while different strands of action had been brought to an end, the third part would at the same time have raised new questions which should be answered in another branch.
When asked whether a possible “Half-Life 3” will ever see the light of the world, Laidlaw says that he simply does not know it and nowadays he has no more insight into the internal decisions and plans of Valve.