Rumours are awash that Half-Life 3 development is well and truly underway and it could possibly contain an open-world with role playing game (RPG) elements.

According to the French website journaldugamer, a source of theirs managed to get some information on the long-awaited video game that the general public knows next to nothing about.

The informant revealed that the third title in the critically lauded first-person shooter series has taken some inspiration from the Elder Scrolls series of RPGs, including an open-world featuring non-playable characters and quests.

This would be a huge departure from the previous titles and could upset many conservative fans who were hoping the forthcoming title would stick to the 'if it ain't broke don't fix it' Half-Life formula of set-pieces and linear narrative.

However, if done right, this could be one of the most exciting things to happen to the series.

The source also confirmed that although work is ongoing, there is much left to do and the game is unlikely to see the light of day until after 2013. It has reportedly had a rollercoaster development ride, with Valve dropping and reviving the project a number of times

These rumours should not be taken as gospel, but with the popularity of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and other open-world games, it may come as no surprise that Valve is trying to give the style a go.

In the meantime, players may want to revisit the original Half-Life with Black Mesa, an updated version of the game created by fans in Half-Life 2's Source engine. It is complete graphical overhaul built from the ground up, rather than just retexturing maps from the original title. It is free to play for anyone who owns a copy of a Source Engine game on Valve's video game distribution service Steam.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801454052-ADNFCR
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