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Half-Life writer retires from Valve after 18 years of employment

by Ron Duwell | January 11, 2016January 11, 2016 9:00 am PST

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Valve veteran Marc Laidlaw has retired from the company after 18 years of employment, bringing to close a tenure that saw him write both Half-Life games and their expansions.

The reveal comes from an email sent by Laidlaw, who later confirmed that it was authentic with Polygon. When pressed why he is retiring, he put it pretty plainly. He’s “old,” the same reason most people retire.

“There are many reasons, most of them personal. An outwardly obvious reason is that I’m old, or anyway oldish.”

Of course, the big question that is on the minds of fans is what will happen to the Half-Life series without its main pen. Some speculated that he has already finished Half-Life 3 and will send it off with his blessing, but Laidlaw would go on to state that he doesn’t know where Valve will be taking the series in the future.

“Half-Life is fully owned by Valve. It came into existence before my arrival. Where Valve may choose to take it in the future is not in my hands.”

Instead, Laidlaw will be returning to his roots, going back to writing novels, his gig before he picked up the cozy job of Half-Life’s writer.

“Valve has been my second home, and home to a great many of my dreams and ambitions, for over 18 years. I will always have a connection to the company, the many friends I made there, the games I worked on, and especially the characters I helped create.”

Speculate away, Valve fans. Is it happening or not?

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