Valve Is Reportedly Ignoring Half-Life 3 in Favor of a Steam Deck Exclusive

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New reports suggest that Half-Life 3 is not in active development and may not be for the foreseeable future (thanks VGC).Valve is focusing its attention on the development and release of Steam Deck, following the platform's brief delay out of 2021.

Valve News Network's Tyler McVicker began the rumor after he posted a video on YouTube where he said that there is no sequel for the last mainline Half-Life game, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, which released in 2007. He said the main reason for this is Valve's shift of focus towards the Steam Deck, specifically the issues associated with developing the handheld and dealing with supply chain issues affecting its manufacture.


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Half-Life 3 Is Reportedly Not In Active Development As Valve 'Shifts Focus' To Steam Deck

McVicker said:

Valve is trying to get the Steam Deck out and, like many people have observed, the Steam Deck has been significantly more successful than originally anticipated, so Valve is throwing a lot at it.
Half-Life 3, Half-Life 2 Episode 3, any kind of traditional mouse and keyboard FPS at Valve is not taking place, (and) if it its, it’s a very small group of people and those individuals will not be seen as value generating by the higher-ups.

As a Half-Life replacement, McVicker mentioned that Valve is focusing on a project codenamed Citadel. This will be a Steam Deck-exclusive game, since Valve stated that it is the game that can" best showcase what the Steam Deck is capable of doing."