Supposedly, Valve is working on a game inserted in the Half-Life universe, code-named Citadel, which mixes FPS elements with real-time strategy and is designed for the Steam Deck.
The information is advanced by Tyler McVicker, from Valve News Network, who explained in a video posted on his YouTube channel that Citadel will be a cooperative game that mixes elements of First Person Shooter and real-time strategy in the world of Half-Life.
According to McVicker, Citadel will be mixing elements from various games and is being “with the Steam Deck in mind, due to the game’s interface.” As for his nature, McVicker resorted to an interesting choice of words: “It’s like Left 4 Dead, Alien Swarm, an RTS and Half-Life have a baby together.”
McVicker notes that the game was originally supposed to include an “asymmetric cooperative virtual reality component.” Still, it’s quite likely that the developer left this element out during the game’s production.
While McVicker claims the game is designed to display “the best the Steam Deck is capable of,” he also hints that it will only be released for “the next two and a half years.” According to PCGamesN, McVicker confirmed that he received this information through Valve’s software data mining and his research around the Citadel project, something he has been doing since 2018.
Valve’s latest release in the Half-Life universe was Alyx; a virtual reality title tremendously praised for its size and technical competence.
While Half-Life fans have been craving Half-Life 3 for years, there’s no evidence that the studio is developing the third game in the series. About a year ago, a list appeared detailing several canceled Valve projects, including Half-Life 3, canceled in 2014.
Still, there’s hope: McVicker believes that a small team is still working to develop an idea for Half-Life 3 but that most Valve producers are focused on projects related to the Steam Deck, whose launch has been pushed back to 2022.