Last week fans of the Half-Life series were given something amazing. Marc Laidlaw, a former Valve writer who worked on the Half-Life series, released a long letter (Epistle 3) on his website that reads an awful lot like a plot summary for Half-Life 3 with thinly veiled changes to character names. For fans who wanted to know what was going to happen, this was a blessing, but for anyone hopeful for a Half-Life 3, this was the final nail in the coffin...or is it?
The interesting thing about the internet is that once something is out there it is hard to get it hidden away again. Half-Life fans have been creating their own fan made sequels and spin offs for years as they waited for a game that will likely never come. Now it's out of Valve's hands, and fans have a chance to do what they want with it. In fact, that's exactly what Laura Michet decided was the best thing to do.
Laura Michet started the Epistle 3 game jam with the only rule being that developers stick in whole or part to Marc Laidlaw's released plot synopsis for Half-Life 3. According to the game jam's website, "Some say the dream is dead. WE SAY... THE OPPOSITE. Half Life 3 is finally free, where it belongs: out in the world, with us. Half Life 3 belongs to the people. LET'S MAKE IT."
This is a chance for people to show the world what their vision for Half-Life 3 is, and they've still got over two months before the game jam ends. That means there's still plenty of time for you to join in if you want to give it a shot. You can get a quick rundown on how to make games here then grab your friends, or look for like minded people to be teammates here then start on your version of Half-Life 3. Whatever happens, there are sure to be a lot of interesting entries in this jam. It is definitely one to keep an eye on whether you plan to participate or not.