Many of the greatest projects in human history have taken a long time to create: the Great Wall of China, the pyramids in Egypt, and The Large Hadron Collider. When it comes to the world of arts and entertainment, only a few projects have taken a decade or longer to come out, most notably the Guns 'n' Roses album Chinese Democracy took 11 years to release, and Duke Nukem Forever took 14. And this week we celebrate the ten year anniversary of the announcement of the most anticipated game of all time, that has still not come out yet or been officially cancelled, Valve's Half-Life 3!
In the time between May 2006 and May 2016, Half-Life 3's existence has been the most buzzed about, and clamored for, title in all of gaming. It's gone down in history as the most coveted and mysterious secret project to have ever been (not officially) worked on, and has become nothing more than an internet joke in recent years. Half-Life 3 originally was the third episode in a series of DLC campaigns for Half-Life 2, but the trilogy was never concluded, and Valve has been silent about whether the game has undergone a makeover, or is even alive currently. It's the most famous, or infamous, case of vaporware in the tech industry, which is a term for a product, usually software, that is announced to the public but never actually comes out nor gets officially cancelled.
To commemorate the decade since Valve announced the sequel, a diehard fan put together a montage of clips from interviews with Valve head Gabe Newell, and you can see that over the years his lips get tighter about the project. "We have nothing to announce" is basically the only PR we hear from Valve these days, and despite all the joking and nods to Half-Life 3, we are still no closer to details on it. Concept art and lines of codes have leaked out over the years, but to no real avail for those starving for news on more. In the meantime, this video should give you some perspective, or maybe a few tears.