Next Half-Life Won't Change Gordon Freeman

Valve Software's Gabe Newell recently told EDGE Magazine (via CVG) that the company has no inclination to update the personality of Half-Life's protagonist Gordon Freeman to match other modern FPS game protagonists on the market. Newell said that he wants Freeman to remain as "an arm and a crowbar," and apparently isn't in any rush to provide Freeman with a voice.

"We're not philosophically opposed to this, but we don't have any good reasons to do it," he said, referring to Freeman's lack of a voice. "Right now making your companions more interesting and compelling seems a more fruitful avenue to explore."

Prior to that comment, Newell was asked if he wanted to give Freeman a greater sense of embodiment in future Half-Life games. "We haven't had a reason to change that," he answered. "Most of what I've seen to date has been gimmicky and is entertaining for just a minute or so."

Currently there's no indication of when Half-Life 2: Episode Three will finally see a release. As of January, it was believed that the latest edition won't be available in 2010 despite Valve's development schedule with the earlier installments. It may be that Valve is steering for a full-blown release of Half-Life 3 instead.

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  • You can't change Gordon Freeman ever!

    I'm Gordon Freeman.

    There is a part of anyone who has played the entire half life series who is Gordon Freeman.
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  • Eh it would be weird if they all of a sudden gave him a voice
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  • The problem with giving Freeman a personality is that it takes the player out of Freeman's shoes. Right now, Freeman can be whoever the player wants him to be, he's a blank slate so to speak. While Duke is pretty badass, and I've always enjoyed chewing bubblegum and kicking ass, I've never felt as immersed as I have in Half-Life.
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  • Hmmm.. I am the last person to criticize this game. It was good, has been good and obviously not changing it won't do anything bad. Of course, gimmicky could be fun... for a minute :P

    http://professionalmike.com - :fou:
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  • You can't change Gordon Freeman ever!

    I'm Gordon Freeman.

    There is a part of anyone who has played the entire half life series who is Gordon Freeman.
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  • bogcottonYou can't change Gordon Freeman ever!I'm Gordon Freeman.There is a part of anyone who has played the entire half life series who is Gordon Freeman.
    That almost sounds like it could be a new "Chuck Norris" fad... :)
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