Half-Life and Portal Writer Erik Wolpaw Returns to Valve

Erik Wolpaw (author of Half-Life 2: Episodes One and Two, Portal, and Portal 2), has seemingly returned to Valve after apparently having left the corporate in 2017 to work on Psychonauts 2. 

The dialogue surrounding Wolpaw’s return started when Reddit consumer Trenchman observed that Wolpaw’s identify seems within the credit for Artifact (Valve’s not too long ago launched CCG title primarily based on DOTA 2). Given that there had been no formal announcement of Wolpaw’s return to the corporate at that time, and even imprecise hints, his inclusion within the recreation’s credit struck many as being odd. 

At the time, there was some dialogue relating to whether or not or not Wolpaw had maybe labored on Artifact in some capability throughout his time with Valve. However, Reddit consumer Trenchman really reached out to Gabe Newell’s Valve electronic mail handle and was knowledgeable that Wolpaw had certainly returned to Valve. Trenchman has posted screens of the email and appears to have confirmed it’s actual, however this info continues to be being verified presently. 

Considering that Valve and Wolpaw have not denied the author’s return to the corporate, although, we’re left to consider that he has certainly returned to Valve. The query now’s: “What is he doing there?”

While it used to not be an enormous deal to listen to that Valve has employed some writers, the truth that the corporate hasn’t made any narrative-based video games (which was one in every of their emblems) in a while now signifies that the obvious re-hiring of a reputation as large as Wolpaw is kind of the massive deal. Valve representatives (which embrace Newell himself) have acknowledged that they’re curious about making video games once more, so it is extremely doubtless that hires akin to this would possibly change into extra widespread as they seemingly put these plans into motion. 

Having stated all of that, do not count on Wolpaw to start out work on Half-Life 3 as that undertaking is just about confirmed to be useless at this level. However, there have been rumors of a Half-Life VR undertaking, and we actually would not low cost the likelihood that Valve may create one other Portal or Left 4 Dead title (which Wolpaw additionally labored on). 

Matthew Byrd is a workers author for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days making an attempt to pitch deep-dive analytical items about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an more and more perturbed sequence of editors. You can learn extra of his work right here or discover him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014

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