Marc Laidlaw, the only writer for Half-Life 1 and 2 and the lead writer for Half-Life 2: Episode 1 and 2, has confirmed his retirement from Valve. What this means for the plot of Half-Life 3, if that game is ever coming out, is unclear, since Valve is still tight-lipped about that entire game. Laidlaw recently had an email conversation with a fan, and in that exchange he clarified his reasons for retirement and said nothing to suggest that his departure from Valve was on bad terms.

“I am no longer a full or part time Valve employee, no longer involved in day-to-day decisions or operations, no longer a spokesperson for the company, no longer privy to most types of confidential information, no longer working on Valve games in any capacity.

“An outwardly obvious reason is that I’m old, or anyway oldish. My nickname when I first started at Valve in 1997 was ‘old man Laidlaw’. The little baby level designer who gave me that that nickname is now older than I was then.

“I had a good run but lately I have been feeling a need for a break from the collaborative chaos of game production, and a return to more self-directed writing projects.” — Marc Laidlaw

Though he will mainly focus on pursuing his own interest in writing for other media than video games, he didn’t outright exclude writing for games again in the future, though he definitely isn’t planning on doing that anytime soon.

Source: Reddit (via GameSpot)

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