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The Last of Us director wants the Half-Life license from Valve

by Ron Duwell | September 15, 2015September 15, 2015 10:40 am PDT

Alyx Vance Half-Life 2

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 Last of Us Marlene

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.


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...