Agent.X7 wrote on Sep 20, 2012, 15:57: I think this may turn into one of those games that's been in development so long that it will only disappoint anyone who plays it.
I thought that about Black Mesa Source but that turned out to be exceptional!
Personally I'd be surprised if Half-Life 3 wasn't more open-world than the previous games. Don't forget that Half-Life 2 added physics and vehicles, which were a huge departure from the previous game. Obviously I don't think it's going to suddenly become like Skyrim and I don't think that text menus listing mission objectives would be in keeping with the Half-Life universe but Far Cry 2 managed to provide more flexible missions without breaking immersion and Valve is certainly creative enough to do something better.
While I have zero confidence in this rumour being true I also don't have much reason to doubt it, as it sounds plausible.