Gabe Newell, head of Valve, has hinted about Half-Life 3 at a launch party speech for the Valve Index VR headsets. Newell was making a speech to his employees when he hinted on the elusive sequel to the highly revered Half-Life 2. We’re not certain if Newell was making a joke, or actually giving us hope. But just the fact that he brought it up has been enough for fans to start speculating again.

Here’s the full video of Newell’s speech:

Newell started his speech off by calling Intex a new beginning for Valve. He then went to discuss Valve’s rich history, bringing up everything from the Half-Life franchise, to the Source engine and Steam. He also commended his employees for their hard work:

(You will) look back and realize the consequences of what you’ve built with your creativity and your hard work.

Newell then went on to add how one project has always led to another more interesting project in Valve. He talked about how Half-Life led to Half-Life 2, how experiments on Team Fortress 2 led to Dota, how Source led to Source 2 and how Artifact helped build Underlords. And that’s when he made the Half-Life 3 remark:

Maybe someday, the number two will lead us to that shiny integer glowing on the mountain someplace.

The video gaming community has almost established ‘Half-Life 3’ as a sort of a joke. It is considered to be something that’s taken way longer than it should have to be released. If we hear anything solid, we will let you know.

In the meantime, you might want to check out our article on the best gaming PC build for under $1000.

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