Valve is reportedly working on an upcoming Half-Life shooter strategy game, codenamed Citadel, which will be tailored for games on Steam Deck.
According to reports from Valve News Network content creator Tyler McVicker, Valve is currently working on a project codenamed Citadel. As described in a video uploaded to McVicker’s YouTube channel, Citadel will apparently be an FPS / RTS co-op game based on the Half-Life franchise.
According to McVicker, Citadel will have a style similar to what you would expect if “Left 4 Dead, Alien Swarm, an RTS and Half-Life [were] while everyone has a baby. “While the project has not yet been officially announced by Valve, McVicker says the game is being designed” with Steam Deck in mind, because of how the game is supposed to be controlled. “
McVicker goes on to say that the game was originally intended to include a “VR asymmetric cooperative component”, but that it is very possible that the studio may have decided to leave that component of the game behind during development.
While McVicker states that the game is reported to be “the best showing what Steam Deck is capable of”, he also estimates that a potential timeline for the game could be some time “within the next one and a half to two years.” article by PCGamesN, McVicker confirmed that he had received the information shown in the video through mines of regularly updated Valve software as well as his own research in Citadel, which he has been conducting since 2018.
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Valve’s last appearance in the Half-Life series came with the 2020 release of Half-Life Alyx – a game that successfully allowed players to go back and immerse themselves fully in the Half-Life universe through its VR-based gameplay . Following the release, IGN reviewed Half-Life Alyx and gave it a 10/10, stating that it had “set a new bar for VR in interactivity, detail and level design.”
Despite the endless calls from fans to make Half-Life 3, there is still little hard evidence to suggest that the studio is currently working on threequel. In fact, a list last year of several canceled projects by Valve revealed that the studio had once worked on a game referred to in the studio as Half-Life 3 before it was dropped sometime in 2014.
McVicker himself says a small team is still working on an idea for Half-Life 3, but that the majority of Valve is focused on Steam Deck-related projects right now. For more on Steam Deck, be sure to check out this article describing why Valve has postponed the console’s launch to early 2022.
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him further Twitter.