Marc Laidlaw Is No Longer A Valve Employee

Your Half-Life 3 conspiracy theories may have just been stunted.


Rumors were previously swirling around a very integral part of what could eventually be Half-Life 3 leaving Valve, and now thy've turned out to be true.

Marc Laidlaw, the sole writer on Half-Life and Half-Life 2, has been confirmed to have exited Valve. The rumor mill got started after a Redditor named TeddyWolf posted an email to Reddit, which divulged that Laidlaw would no longer be a full time or part time Valve employee and "no longer working on Valve games in any capacity."

PC Gamer has confirmed that this is indeed true after speaking with Laidlaw via email. This is definitely an interesting turn of events, and is rather vague despite the explanation of Laidlaw's that he is "feeling a need for a break from the collaborative chaos of game production." It sure is chaos. But what's going to happen next for the Half-Life franchise?

Only time will tell. We'll keep you updated as more details surface.

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    January 8, 2016 10:35 AM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, Marc Laidlaw Is No Longer A Valve Employee

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      January 8, 2016 10:52 AM

      Dude probably got tired of working on DOTA2.

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      January 8, 2016 10:55 AM

      Marc Laidoff

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      January 8, 2016 11:32 AM

      Not impossible that he's already written the majority of hl3 and it's in the hands of the junior writers to manage it through production... oh wait. has to actually get into productions. lol

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      January 8, 2016 11:52 AM

      Don't you understand? His job is done, HL3 will be out shortly.

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        January 8, 2016 11:53 AM

        This ^^^^^

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        January 8, 2016 11:54 AM

        Just like the dude that left AMD now that Zen design is done, right?

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      January 8, 2016 11:56 AM

      "the sole writer on Half-Life and Half-Life 2"

      Hmm, looks bad for HL3....

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      January 8, 2016 11:59 AM

      Email screenshots are from 3:03 AM and 33 minutes ago! CONFIRMED!

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      January 8, 2016 7:52 PM

      who cares. Get someone else to write it.

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      January 8, 2016 9:46 PM

      There goes Half-life 3 :{

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      January 9, 2016 1:15 AM

      Marc Laidlaw has 3 syllables. That means he has left Valve for greener pastures.