Valve’s allergy to the quantity three continues. Whereas the will for a 3rd Portal game may not be fairly as highly effective because the starvation for Half-Life 3 (and even simply Episode 3), the mind-bending puzzle collection continues to have loads of followers wanting to see it proceed, together with Portal author Erik Wolpaw. Sadly, the probability of one other sequel stays laborious to gauge.  

Wolpaw has advocated for Portal 3 earlier than, hoping to encourage motion within the firm to which he returned as a part-time contractor again in 2019 after a stint at Double Tremendous. In December he even revealed that he had a “start line” for Portal 3, however that this did not imply Valve had dedicated to creating it. 4 months on, evidently not a lot has modified. 

In an interview with Simon Parkin on the My Excellent Console podcast, Wolpaw defined the difficulties in getting the sequel off the bottom. “In a flat construction like Valve, there is a chance price to doing something. No matter is occurring at Valve straight away requires the dedication and participation of the individuals engaged on it—and it is voluntary.”

So there must be sufficient individuals at Valve keen to work on Portal 3. However within the meantime, Wolpaw goes to hold pushing for it and—jokingly—giving Valve a tough time. “The individuals who may very well be disturbed by it internally perceive that it is simply me joking round,” he added.

A source of frustration for followers is that there have been lengthy intervals of time where Valve hasn’t seemingly been creating the rest, so why not Portal 3? Or Half-Life 3? However Wolpaw defends his employer. 

“Valve isn’t an enormous firm. I feel individuals generally suppose it’s due to the outsized affect of Steam, but it surely’s not likely that many individuals. It takes manpower to hold Dota going, it takes manpower to hold CSGO going. And the freeform nature of Valve implies that there are lots of experiments that merely fail. So issues are occurring—when you had been inside Valve, you’d suppose that stuff was all the time happening, as a result of it’s.”

And Valve has clearly been busy currently, what with the launch of the Steam Deck and improvement of Counter-Strike 2. And there is Steam itself, which stays a very powerful piece of software program Valve has ever designed or maintained. 

“As a lot I benefit from the issues I labored on at Valve and my time at Valve, and it is essential to me, if I had to decide on between Valve’s video games and Steam—which I really feel is essentially the most democratising expertise that ever got here out, to permit individuals to create video games, game creators to really make video games and get them in entrance of individuals—I assume I’d select Steam,” stated Wolpaw. 

So there’ll all the time be issues competing for consideration at Valve. “It is a manpower drawback,” stated Wolpaw. “It’s important to decide what you are going to work on and time is restricted.”