So, Gabe Newell did the AMA thing on Reddit, and didn’t confirm Half-Life 3. As expected. He did, however, confirm that Valve is working on a new single-player game – or maybe even more than one – and when asked if there’s “any chance of a new IP that takes place in the Half-Life/Portal universe?”, he confirmed that too.

TO THE SPECULATE-O-TRON!

He also confirmed that two movie adaptations of the same universe by Valve and JJ Abrams, first announced back in 2013, were still on the go,  and (very) vaguely alluded to something else new in the Left 4 Dead series.

And his favourite Valve games?

“I think Portal 2 is our best single-player game,” he replied. “I play Dota 2 the most of our multiplayer games.”

Why not Half-Life, though?

“The issue with Half-Life for me is that I was involved in a much higher percentage of the decisions about the games, so it’s hard for me to look at them as anything other than a series of things I regret. There’s no information in my response about what we’ll do in the future. It’s simply easier for me to be a fan of things that in which I was less directive,” he explained.

“If you are involved in a game, everything ends up being a set of trade-offs. Anything in a game is a sacrifice of things not in the game. I just feel those more personally about Half-Life for a bunch of reasons.

“And Xen.”

You can read the whole thing over here, or just Gabe’s responses here.