Gabe Newell Confirms Half-Life 3 is No Longer a Game, Now a Movie Directed by J. J. Abrams

The highly anticipated Half-Life 3 finally has a release date of 2015. Most gamers would normally be thrilled by this news; however, Gabe Newell, Valve director, has stated that Half-Life 3 is no longer a game but now a movie directed by J. J. Abrams.


Valve, developer behind games such as Half-Life and Portal, and J.J. Abrams’s production studio, Bad Robot, will work together to produce games and movies as announced at the DICE Summit in February. “There’s an idea we have for a game that we’d like to work with Valve on,” Abrams said while sharing the stage with Newell. “We’re going to figure out if we can make a Portal movie or Half-Life movie together,” said Newell.

In a press conference today, Newell said that he is “handing the reigns of Half-Life 3 over to Abrams” to the collective sounds of shock from the audience. He explained that “Half-Life 3 has lingered in development hell too long and fresh blood is needed to get the project back on track.” A surprise appearance from Abrams himself was met with boos from the audience.

Abrams began by saying, “Half-Life 3 is no longer a game, it is now a movie.” The audience began to yell louder and Newell interjected, “It was my decision to make Half-Life 3 into a movie.” Newell continues, “My vision for Half-Life 3 is built upon what Half-Life 2 had tried to accomplish. As I’ve stated before, single-player games are not realistic while multiplayer games can achieve much more realism than what single-player games can.”

“So players should not blame Abrams for this. He is only fulfilling my idea of what Half-Life 3 should be,” Newell explains, “No one would want to play a multiplayer Half-Life 3 so the best way to flesh out the Half-Life universe would be to turn it into a movie. I hope everything can understand why I made this decision.”

Abrams picked up from where Newell left off stating, “Yes, a lot of the work that went into Half-Life 3 as a game can easily translate into the movie so a release date of 2015 has been set. I have added a few of my personal touches to the movie such as giving Gordon Freeman a voice to make him more realistic. Also, I am a big fan of Portal, so in a way, this movie can also be seen as Portal 3 as Chell and GLaDOS will both make appearances in the movie.”

Abrams continued to answer questions from the press for an hour after the announcement. Newell also confirmed that Portal 3 is no longer in development as a game and has also been turned into a movie.

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52 Responses

  1. Radidactyl says:


  2. Zup says:

    Looking forward to this! I wonder who’s gonna play the G-Man? Keanu Reeves maybe?

  3. Jon Carter says:

    Was totally on board until he said they’re giving freeman a voice…

  4. anonymiss says:

    Don LaFontaine confirmed for freeman voice actor.

    Also I am not surprised by this since most of the games had already been ported to the ps3.

  5. nope.avi says:

    >Chell and GLaDOS will both make appearances in the movie.

    Go home timeline, you are drunk.

    Unless Chell is in hibernate in this movie, I would say they made quite a (huge) mistake.

  6. this is fake says:

    You guys do know that this is fake?

  7. Cupo Joe says:

    I really hope this is an early April fools joke.

  8. Rafa Rinaldi says:

    this is fake, look at the background behind Gaben and J.J… is exactly the same picture of the photo of a T-shirt with the logo of Half Life 3 ( have u noticed that has exactly the same wawes of the T-shirt in that Background? this is Bullshit! this is just an other attempt to generate frustration in the public

  9. fuckuhl3movie says:

    .|. suck a dick

  10. Rafa Rinaldi says:

    What has to do your answer with my comment? that photo of the T-shirt has about an year, and this “news” and the photo of Gabe and J.J is quite new… obviously someone put the image of the T-shirt as the background, it’s easy.
    And another thing… that logo is bad drawn, because the Lambda sign is inside the circle, and the exponential number is on the top, if not, check this (
    Evidently that’s not Valve’s Work.
    Bye :)

  11. Shial says:

    You’ve got me for a while! You little devils…
    (The photo is clearly fake. Sorry, but that crop of Gabe’s and Abram’s head is really awful. And that flares made me smile :) )

  12. Luca says:

    Sorry, I click on the wrong button.
    My comment was addressed to this article that is obviously fake.
    I find all this fake news really not funny…

  13. Anonymous says:

    i hope this isint real, when i read the words portal 3 was being canced it tour my heart into pieces and ther them into a fire, ps fuck gramer, saying cancel and is not is for pussys

  14. sec4ndh2ndsm0ke says:

    This is the saddest day i’ve ever experienced as a half life fan. Keyword experience this contradicts everything gabe said at the bafta awards. This is not a positive contribution to the GAMING community who want to EXPERIENCE and Interact in the half life 3 game, instead we have to helplessly stare at pictures instead being immersed in a hl3 world, shooting, solving puzzles, interacting, everything that defines half life robbed from us in an hour and a half film instead of hours and hours of play time. im f#@%king furious!

  15. Anonymous says:


  16. Android927 says:

    1) This is obviously fake. (real article:
    2) Stop acting so self-entitled. Half-Life 3 was never even announced, so even if this was real you can’t say that Valve is robbing anything from you because they never promised that HL3 would be a game in the first place.

  17. Really? says:

    Chell wasn’t asleep for centuries. Only for a couple of years. Chell is awake in time for a half life 3/ portal 3. Anyway, I don’t bellive that this is true.

  18. Really? says:

    I dont belive that half life 3 is going to be a movie.

  19. chris says:


  20. Jimmy Gibbs says:

  21. Bread says:

    Why? Why Movie? Why not Game?

  22. what??? says:


  23. mohammed says:


  24. mohammed says:

    yeah that’s not gonna happen

  25. half life freak says:

    im going to go kill myself now

  26. Troll says:

    Never troll a troll. I’ll just troll you back, fucking troll

  27. logan says:

    this has to be fake, or a very very unorthodox announcement
    1.) gabe is well aware that movie’s are very hard to translate into movies
    2,) some of the things gabe say are wrong, if you’ve followed gabe online
    3.) half-life 3 a move A GAME HYPED TO THE MOST EXTREME no it can’t possibly be a movie

    • Hugh Jackman says:

      Hello Logan,

      My name is Hugh Jackman. I am a professional movie actor. I currently play the role of Dr. Gordon Freshman in the Half-Life movie, so I can confirm this is true. We expect the movie to be released in theaters by spring 2015, so stay tuned and follow us on Twitter for the latest news!

      Best regards,
      Hugh Jackman

  28. Malachi says:

    This is interesting, considering he’s directing Star Wars

  29. Aaron Davis says:

    They shouldn’t include GLaDOS and other characters from Portal. They should just make a Portal film itself. I’ve seen some Portal fan made films on Youtube and they all look fantastic. Maybe even combine some of them and you’d already have a Portal film, though with different actresses portraying Chell.

    But yeah, they should just make a Portal film already.

  30. Anonymous says:

    I don’t know whether to be excited or mad, I was waiting for a long time for a Half-Life 3 GAME to be made, but a movie may just satisfy what was lingering in me.

  31. Parsifal says:

    This is going to be a different movie…. Very different.

  32. Anonymous says:

    you’re… your kidding me right, no, seriously, your kidding right?

  33. Half life 3 a movie?

  34. Anonymous says:

    I hope people know this is fake.

  35. Anonymous says:

    I hope people know this is fake.

  36. Liza Danita says:

    if this is true im gonna travel to america and piss on valves building.