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.