Valve's Gabe Newell on the possibility of more Half-Life and/or Portal content: 'Yep'

While not a confirmation, Newell teasing a chance of more content is the first morsel of possibility that fans have tasted in years. 

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During his AMA on Reddit, Valve founder Gabe Newell answered in the affirmative when, predictably, a fan inquired after the odds of continuing to explore the Half-Life and Portal universe.

"Any chance of a new IP that takes place in the half-life/portal universe? I feel like there's a lot of story left to be explored there," Reddit user japastthebass asked Newell.

"Yep," the taciturn GabeN replied, setting off a chain reaction of excitement.

While it's not much, Newell offering a glimmer of hope of more Half-Life games is the closest thing to confirmation that the franchise may continue in some form that fans have received in years.

Japastthebass's phrasing might be integral to determining what, exactly, another Half-Life and/or Portal game (remember, Portal, like most Valve IPs, is primed for a third entry as well) might be. The Reddit user asked about a "new IP" rather than a sequel to Valve's first-person-shooter series that launched in 1998. Perhaps Valve has plans to develop a proper FPS sequel, or perhaps the developers have another direction in mind.

Newell's AMA comes less than a week after Game Informer's Andrew Reiner published an interview with an anonymous Valve insider who said bluntly that Half-Life 3 did not exist, and had never existed in any state resembling a playable form.

"People are going to harass them for more Half-Life," Reiner's source told him. "The idea of delivering a third episode of Half-Life 2, that’s dead. There’s no universe where that will happen. I think there is a universe where a standalone thing could come together to fill in that hole, but that’s tough."

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      January 17, 2017 4:35 PM

      I think that quote specifically does not address a half life 3. "New IP" could mean any number of cool things, but HL3 isn't one of them unfortunately.

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      January 17, 2017 4:58 PM

      At least there is hope!

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      January 17, 2017 6:33 PM

      Think i'm more interesting in new Half life IP then HL3

      Unless its VR, then I'll be sad.

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      January 17, 2017 7:43 PM

      That response is basically meaningless. What a waste of time.

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      January 17, 2017 7:45 PM

      Specifically mentions they are working on multiple VR titles with the new Vive controller prototypes. I'm fairly confident they will be primarily working on VR games going toward.

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      January 17, 2017 9:31 PM

      Give it up. There will never be another Half-Life. Valve has deteriorated into Gabe Newell's self-indulgent fun house of pet projects that will never see the light of day, all funded by skimming money off of real game developers that still know how to actually release games...

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      January 17, 2017 10:38 PM

      HL3 Confirmed

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        January 17, 2017 10:55 PM

        Its about time ^^^ , I just fear its all going to be VR :( , they need to do both.

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      January 18, 2017 12:35 AM

      http://i.imgur.com/n5ghI.png

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      January 18, 2017 12:58 AM

      Pretty sure this is a complete nonstory and the hype surrounding an extremely vague answer to a very vague question is bewildering (not really, it's the internet).

      Any Chance means: Is there any possibility that this could happen. Not is it happening now, will it happen for sure, or even soon. Just that it could.

      The answer "yep" is a vague affirmative that given Gaben's history and answer style, is likely a tongue in cheek vague answer to a question that left that door wide open.