Half-Life writer Marc Laidlaw leaves Valve Software


Marc Laidlaw, one of the lead writers behind the Half-Life series has retired from Valve Software.

According to emails received by redditor TeddyWolf, despite not being known widely, Laidlaw’s retirement was not being kept a secret. TeddyWolf was frustrated by the continued lack of information or announcements regarding Half-Life 3 and contacted Laidlaw via e-mail.

It was then that Laidlaw disclosed his retirement from the gaming giant. He describes his reasoning as “personal”, but the decision comes down “outwardly obviously” to his age: “I’m old, or anyway oldish. My nickname when I first started at Valve in 1997 was “Old Man Laidlaw.”

The email he sent to the redditor TeddyWold stated: “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.

“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.” Laidlaw’s departure ends any possibility that he would be in the know regarding the next installment in the Half-Life series.

“Where Valve may choose to take it in the future is not in my hands. I have been a grateful co-creator, but my time of working on the series is behind me. […] I appreciate all the interest and enthusiasm of Half-Life fans over the years; I loved working on the games and with the community, but I can no longer be considered a potential source of new information.”

Only time will tell whether his retirement may or may not affect Half-Life 3. The franchise continues to enjoy a massive cult following that has endured despite no new installments since 2007’s Half-Life 2: Episode 2 and word regarding the series future. Rabid enthusiasm for the next Half-Life has transformed ‘Half-Life 3 confirmed’ into a favorite in-joke among gamers.