Last week, long-time Valve voice-actor John Lowrie shattered the hopes and dreams of Half-Life fans across the planet. He stated that, as far as he knew and based on a conversation he’d had with a Valve employee, the company is not working on Half-Life 3. Although, why there’s this automatic assumption that Half-Life 3 is a thing that will happen instead of Half-Life 2: Episode 3, is still a bit of a mystery. Be that as it may, Lowrie poured water on the Half-Life fire that had been blazing since 2006.
He’s since retracted his statement, which initially appeared in the comments section of his own blog. That comment has since been removed, and replaced with a follow-up statement. Clearly, Lowrie didn’t realise the monumental can of worms he was unwittingly unleashing in his original comment. “When I tried to minimize the confusion,” he said referring to his original statement, “I misspoke and caused a whole bunch more confusion.”
“The most important thing to know about voice actors,” Lowrie continued, “is that we’re the last to know anything. We don’t find out about a project until we get hired to do voices for it. What I was trying to say before (and failed) is that whatever Gabe Newell has to say about a project is the best info you’re going to get. He owns the company and knows what’s going on.”