Half-Life writer Marc Laidlaw has announced his retirement from Valve.
According to emails sent between Laidlaw and a fan, his retirement wasn’t a secret between himself and friends. It just wasn’t widely known publicly.
“I am no longer a full or part-time Valve employee, no longer involved in day-to-day decisions or operations, no longer a spokesperson for the company, no longer privy to most types of confidential information, no longer working on Valve games in any capacity.
“I had a good run but lately I have been feeling a need for a break from the collaborative chaos of game production, and a return to more self-directed writing projects.”
Laidlaw went on to say he wanted to return to his roots as he’s a sci-fi writer, and “see where that takes” him.
TeddyWolf had reached out to Laidlaw to fish for information on Half-Life 3, but the writer wasn’t forthcoming with any information.
“Where Valve may choose to take Half-Life in the future is not in my hands,” he said. “I have been a grateful co-creator, but my time working on the series is behind me.”
Half-Life 2: Episode 2 was released in 2007 and word regarding Half-Life 3 development has been next to nothing, other than a few hints here and there by Valve, and many a rumor started online and tons of speculation on whether it will ever see the light of day.