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If the Half-Life 3 dream was still some sort of lumbering zombie out on the plains of some desolate futuristic landscape, this news would be the final nail in the undead's coffin. Yes I mixed up zombies with an analogy that would have worked a lot better with vampires but I'm rolling with it and ain't none of you gonna do sh*t about it.

Chet Faliszek Is The Last Half-Life Writer To Leave Valve

The main writers for the franchise consist of a few dudes: Marc Laidlaw, Randy Pitchford, Kelly Baley, Erik Wolpaw and Chet Faliszek. Wolpaw departed the studio earlier this year in order to head up writing Psychonauts 2 with Double Fine and good old Tim Schafer, and now, Chet Faliszek, the last of the bunch, has moved on to greener pastures too.

Chet chatting with Gamespot about Counter-Strike.
Chet chatting with Gamespot about Counter-Strike.

What's the man been involved with aside from Half-Life games, you say? Basically everything Valve has ever touched. He's worked on Half Life 2: Episode One and Two, both of the Left 4 Dead games, Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Portal, and, what I consider Valve's greatest achievement, Portal 2.

For 12 years this guy has been a vital part of one of the most successful gaming companies on the planet, and he's been heading up the HTC Vive team since its inception, too. You've definitely been influenced by his work because who hasn't been touched by one of these games or strapped that nonsense to their face?!

But where's he off to?

Yet to be revealed. The man has simply parted ways with this closing statement:

“Nothing exciting or drama filled. I worked there 12 years, shipped a bunch of great games and some amazing hardware and wanted to change things up. There’s no news on what’s next etc, I will let you know when that happens.”

Please do, sir.

So, Like, Are Valve Still Making Games?

Disclaimer: This image is here because the game is the best. [Credit: Valve]
Disclaimer: This image is here because the game is the best. [Credit: Valve]

It seems that Valve have lost almost all of their original writing chops. That's not to say that they can't hire some new ones or that there are no good, fresh writers in the world, but it's sad nonetheless. This company has made some incredible games, and seeing as I'd rather replay The Order: 1886 than get into a MOBA, I'm one of the gamers who longs for a fresh single player/multiplayer experience in a genre I care about from the big V.

Are these people leaving because Valve is interested in those kind of games anymore?

Perhaps the beloved gaming company simply isn't interested in developing titles that aren't going to rake in cash at the speed of CS: GO and Dota 2. However, Chet did say that he was excited to play whatever was coming next. Let's hope it's not just a bunch of VR tech demos 'cause nah.

What do you make of all this? Want to see Valve create some new games too? Why not watch the trailer for Portal 2 'cause it's the greatest ever?


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