Half-Life writer Marc Laidlaw has left Valve after 18 years at the company.
Laidlaw's exit was revealed by a Redditor who had emailed the former Valve employee on the hunt for information about Half-Life 3. Laidlaw has since confirmed the authenticity of the email exchange to Eurogamer.
According to the Valve website, Laidlaw joined the company in 1997 to work on Half-Life. He is described as the "sole writer" on Half-Life and Half-Life 2, and the lead writer for the Half-Life episodes.
In the email exchange, Laidlaw explained his departure:
An outwardly obvious reason is that I'm old, or anyway oldish. My nickname when I first started at Valve in 1997 was 'old man Laidlaw'. The little baby level designer who gave me that that nickname is now older than I was then.
I had a good run but lately I have been feeling a need for a break from the collaborative chaos of game production, and a return to more self-directed writing projects.
What of the future of Half-Life now Laidlaw has left Valve? While the world continues its 100-year wait for Half-Life 3 with bated breath, Laidlaw, it seems, has had his fill.
"Where Valve may choose to take Half-Life in the future is not in my hands," Laidlaw said.
"I have been a grateful co-creator, but my time working on the series is behind me."