Half-Life fans, take a deep breath. Marc Laidlaw, the man credited as the sole writer for Half-Life and Half-Life 2, has retired from Valve. Laidlaw was also the lead writer for the Half-Life episodes.

“There are many reasons [for my retirement], most of them personal,” Laidlaw wrote in an email that was uploaded to Imgur, “An outwardly obvious reason is that I’m old, or anyway oldish. My nickname when I first started at Valve in 1997 was ‘old man Laidlaw’. The little baby level designer who gave me that that nickname is now older than I was then. […] 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.”

Fans have been clamoring for Half-Life 3, the fabled continuation of the Half-Life series, for years now. Of course Half-Life is still the property of Valve, not Laidlaw. However, if a third installment ever appears, it will be the creation of a new writer or team of writers.

“Valve has been my second home, and home to a great many of my dreams and ambitions, for over 18 years,” Laidlaw wrote, “I hope that for at least a few years, if I come to the door, people will recognize me and let me in without calling security.”

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Courtney is Pixelkin's Associate Managing Editor. While working with the Girl Scouts of Northern California, she mentored young girls in teamwork, leadership, personal responsibility, and safety. Today, she spends her time studying adolescent development and using literary analysis techniques to examine video games.