A VALVE EMPLOYEE has revealed that the company is devoting around a third of its human resources to VR projects, instead of beavering away full tilt on Half-Life 3 as commanded by gamers generally and the PC Master Race in particular.
Hardware engineer Alan Yates dropped the bomb on the HTC Vive's subreddit, presumably unleashing a volley of angry emails to the Steam platform firm's founder, Gabe Newell, as the fanbase further laments the non-arrival of a third episode add-on to Half-Life 2, or the full Half-Life 3 sequel, either of which would be around nine years overdue.
But it's still obviously a certainty, so don't worry about it. The signs are everywhere.
Yates told Reddit users how he was "super fortunate" to start at Valve at around the same time that Michael Abrash, best known for his work on early graphics technology such as Quake, was assembling the 'AR/VR research team' in 2011.
This, of course, was before Abrash defected to enemy VR overlords Oculus to rejoin his old master, former id boffin John Carmack, in 2014.
"It was a much smaller team than it is now. It has since grown to encompass about a third of the company, but the key individuals who solved most of the really hard technological problems and facilitated this generation of consumer headsets are still here working on the next generation," Yates revealed.
"Digitally mediated reality is one of those incredibly impactful technologies. Short of human space flight or life sciences I can't imagine working on something of more significance right now."
On second thoughts, it's important to note that nowhere in any of his words on Reddit did Yates not say that Valve's first VR project won't be Half-Life 3.
The INQUIRER can deduce from this that, with a third of the firm's coding power behind it, Valve's first VR project will definitely be Half-Life 3, and you should tell everybody you know that Half-Life 3 is very real, very powerful, and very coming soon. µ
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