We’re all still holding out for Valve to maybe, possibly someday be merciful enough to bless upon us the conclusion to the Half-Life series. It’s the least it can do for the fans you know… after that dreadful cliffhanger ending which wrapped up Half-Life 2 Episode 2. While the developer might still be in need of one giant Q-tip, other popular personalities have offered to take up the mantle.
One such man is Neil Druckmann, the creative director of The Last of Us and Uncharted 4. Probably half-half joking, half-super serious, Druckmann sent out a cheeky Twitter post to Valve, stating he wanted to have the Half-Life license, and he backed up his case with a photo.
The actress is of course Merle Dandridge, the voice and mo-cap source behind both Marlene in The Last of Us and her most iconic role, Alyx Vance from Half-Life 2. So there is a connection there, I suppose.
How would you feel about Druckman taking over Half-Life 3? Without question, he is a good storyteller with his games, and he could probably close out the series on a high note. However, I wouldn’t call it a perfect fit though because all of his games to date have been overly scripty, meaning they lack the free experimentation and “anything goes” approach of Half-Life. He’d have to take a break from “story tubes,” as Retronauts calls them, and actually make a game that promotes breaking away from his vision.
That would be an evolution of his ideas worth exploring.
But why am I talking about this like it would happen? It never will, so it doesn’t matter.