The modder who made Counter-Strike a household name reveals his behind the scenes experiences with the next installments of the Half-Life and Left 4 Dead franchises.
According to CVG, Minh "Gooseman" Le, the creator of Counter-Strike, has commented on the development of both Half-Life 3 and Left 4 Dead 3 based on what he has seen behind the scenes. Le originally developed and released the original Counter-Strike as a mod to the original Half-Life with Jess Cliffe in 1999. After the mod became extremely successful, both Cliffe and Le were hired by Valve and Counter-Strike became an official part of Valve.
In a recent interview with GoRgnTV, Le admitted it should be common knowledge that Valve is working on sequels for its two most profitable franchises, Left 4 Dead and Half-Life. In terms of the Gordon Freeman series, Le admitted he has seen some of its concept art.
I don't think I can talk about that, to be honest, but I think it's kind of public knowledge, that people know that it is being worked on. And so if I were to say that yeah, I've seen some images, like some concept art of it, that wouldn't be big news to be honest. But yeah, I mean like I guess I could say that I did see something that looked kinda like in the Half-Life universe. And I mean it wouldn't surprise anyone if I said they're doing it, they're working on it, yeah. So to go on a limb I'd say I did see some concept art for Half-Life 3.
Unfortunately, Valve has been extremely quiet on the development of its next Half-Life and Left 4 Dead sequels. While Left 4 Dead 2 has released downloadable content expansions in the past few years, we haven't seen anything official in the Half-Life universe from Valve since Half-Life 2: Episode Two launched in 2007. In the interview, Minh Le goes on to mention his excitement about the next Left 4 Dead title.
"I saw it, it looks great. I was really excited when I saw that, I was like, 'Wow, this looks great.' Because I really enjoyed Left 4 Dead, it was just one of those games that really just changed the industry. I think at the time there wasn't many good co-op games, so yeah, this is a great co-op game."
Hopefully Valve will finally unveil these long-awaited projects to the world at E3. Ah, who are we kidding? That will never happen.