Gabe Newell: Gordon Freeman won’t change

The crowbar-wielding, silent protagonist that many have come to portray won’t change in the next Half-Life game, says Valve head Gabe Newell. With so much time in between Episode 2 and Episode 3, many fans are curious about how Valve will go about changing the Half-Life experience. When asked if Gordon Freeman would be modified to give a greater sense of embodiment however, Newell told Edge, “We haven’t had a reason to change that. Most of what I’ve seen to date has been gimmicky and is entertaining for just a minute or so.”

Newell was also asked whether or not they’re in favor of giving Freeman a voice for the first time in a Half-Life game, “We’re not philosophically opposed to this, but we don’t have any good reasons to do it. Right now making your companions more interesting and compelling seems a more fruitful avenue to explore.”