Yes, Marc Laidlaw retired. That’s not the sad part. The guy provided us with the storyline on both the Half-Life and Half-Life 2, plus all those ‘Episode’ releases. the official reason for his departure is ‘retiring.’ Something that happens when you’ve done a job for far too long and can’t really stand the surroundings, colleagues or the work at hand.
A redditor named TeddyWolf first revealed the news of Laidlaw’s retirement from Valve: “My nickname when I first started at Valve in 1997 was “Old Man Laidlaw.” The little baby level designer who gave me that nickname is now older than I was then. Imagine how much older I am! I had the unbelievable luck to fall in with the kids at Valve when they could have just dismissed me as an old fogey who didn’t know shit about video games.”
Marc is headed for brighter future with a desire to write more stories and have less time spent at the office, which is something we should all strive for in the future. But, that leaves numerous questions about Half-Life 3. Unfortunately, Marc did not release any more info on this upcoming (or not) title from Valve in any way, shape or form.
Half-Life 3 is out there in the clouds and in all fairness, the situation remained the same for years. We’ve been expecting the next iteration of the highly liked game series to be at least announced over the last few years and we were disappointed every time. The fact is that Valve is currently busy with other games, its own Steam content distribution platform and more recently, hardware tie ups with HTC – really not giving us anything to look forward to, as far as HL3 goes. There are rumors on both the story and the release dates. There are several high-profile sources yelling that its coming. Every single year this happens. But the fact still remains: we are nowhere near its release date.
No solid info ever came from Valve. No story details. No nothing! Except for continuous repeats that the game ‘will be’ released. When remains a shot in the dark. With Marc leaving, a lot of things are left unanswered and we’ll simply have to wait and see how this plays along. Hopefully, a company like Valve will have the common sense to release this soon. Otherwise they will loose all the focus, zeal and admiration we have for this game, as simply put, people are getting annoyed.