According to Valve boss man Gabe Newell, players should expect to thoroughly soil themselves when the illusive next installment of the Half-Life series arrives.
In a recent interview, Newell discussed how the game needs to get back to the basics of scare tactics. “I feel like we’ve gotten away from genuinely scaring the player more than I’d like,” he said, “and it’s something we need to think about, in addition to broadening the emotional palette we can draw on.”
Hopefully this will translate into ominous and creepy atmosphere and not the Doom 3 imps-popping-out-of-closets trick. And it probably will; when asked what scares them the most Newell responded, “The death of their children. The fading of their own abilities.”