Valve isn’t developing Half-Life 3 right now, claims voice actor

Thursday, 15th August 2013 16:17 GMT By Dave Cook

Half-Life 3 isn’t in production at Valve right now according to one of the studio’s regular voice actors John Patrick Lowrie, who also happens to be married to the voice of GlaDoS Ellen McLain. He has recently revealed his knowledge of all things Half-Life 3 in the comment threads of an old blog.

Responding to fans in the comment section of his blog, Lowrie wrote, “Right. As far as I know they are not developing HL3 now for several reasons, among them the mo-cap issue. Sorry for any confusion. What they might decide in the future depends on lots of different factors. I hope they do, personally, but it has to make sense for them.”

He explained the Half-Life 3 mo-cap issue in question earlier in the comment thread, “Here is the biggest challenge with bringing out Half-Life 3: the big thing now with FPSs is motion capture, or mo-cap. One of the great things about Half-Life 2 is that all of the characters that you meet actually look at you when they talk to you no matter where you go or stand.

“With mo-cap you can’t do that, at least not yet. Once you film the actor doing something and capture that motion, that’s what the character is going to do. This works great in movies, but when you make something interactive it gets way less interactive with mo-cap. So that’s one of the things they’re working on.”

Mo-cap issues aside, Lowrie added that Valve is currently busy with everything else it has on its plate. “Well, I’m not sure how big it is for HL2 fans,” he continued. “They don’t tell me their business plans, this was just a conversation I had.

“Right now they’re pretty full up with all the games they already have out there that they continue to support, plus the Steam stuff that they do, so, I don’t want to get people’s hopes up. I have no idea what they’re planning for the future. But I did have that conversation with some Valve folks, so I thought you might like to know what they’re thinking about.”

Kotaku adds that while the blog post is from 2011, Lowrie’s comments appear to be from August 14 and beyond.

Has someone at Valve asked Lowrie to stir the pot, or is he just slow at responding to comments?

Let us know what you think below.

Via GAF.



  1. Erthazus

    Yeah right. Voice actor knows everything.

    OF COURSE they are developing Half-Life 3. It is Valve’s most profitable franchise and they will launch it when Source 2 will be ready.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. TheBlackHole

    Sorry Erth, but the guy’s right.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Pytox

    but they are developing ricochet 2 not half life 3

    #3 1 year ago
  4. hives

    Wow, that’s valid point, actually.

    I really wouldn’t like change of narration. So if I have to wait to get silent Freeman again and freedom during dialogues and “cut-scenes”, I can wait.

    I don’t want it to be some “cinematic shooter” on rails (well I know HL2 wasnt really open but I hope you know what I mean :P).

    #4 1 year ago
  5. RandomTiger

    Three word name. Half Life 3 confirmed.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. sebastien rivas

    Was HL 2 such a disappointment or is there a saturation of HL genre on the market?

    While Mocap is a tedious venture and long process, I do not see why HL3 should be dedicated in Mocap. There are plenty of excellent keyers out there that just want to work on the title, give their best with cinematics or key loops and render best HL3 possible.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. OnionPowder

    @1 No way is Half-Life their most profitable franchise. It’s the most expensive to develop without long-term profit attached. DOTA 2 and Team Fortress 2 are their most profitable titles no doubt.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. DuckOfDestiny

    Mo-Cap brings less interactivity?

    Somebody should go look what the guys are doing on XStoryPlayer.

    If small bunch of hobbyist can develop an engine that allows you to interact with mo-capped models and for them to respond to your interactions, in a porn game! Then why can’t a major player like Valve?

    #8 1 year ago
  9. cartina

    Voice acting rarely happens before anything is script locked. E.g the whole story, content and pacing is designed. It’s late in the process of making a game.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. skydivinggamer

    Shitty overated game anywaz

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Phasmatis75

    I’m calling bullshit. Aside from what others have said the obvious fact that the game has been troll teased by Valve several times and a leak regarding special mechanics that came out, I highly doubt that Half Life 3 is not in development at Valve.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. mehdidante

    kill me .

    #12 1 year ago
  13. redwood

    bet ya a copy of last guardian that they are not developing half life 3

    #13 1 year ago

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