04/08/2014 10:55 BST | Updated 04/08/2014 10:59 BST

'Half Life 3' Ain't Happening Says Valve. And This Is Why.

Half Life 3 Concept

Half Life 3 is beyond a joke at this point. The game is so non-existent even assumed developers Valve can't seemingly be bothered to keep the URLs current for the title.

Now Valve founder Gabe Newell has offered a new perspective on the game that has kept gamers guessing for about a decade.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Newell admitted that staff at Valve just arenit that interested in working on the game.

The interview is actually pretty old - it came out in January - but it's doing the rounds again online.

And thanks to the fact that Valve has an odd corporate structure, with no real managers or employee direction, the result is it just hasn't happened.

Here's the full relevant quote.

"When we started out we were a single-player video game company that could have been really successful just doing Half-Life sequel after Half-Life sequel, but we collectively said let's try to make multi-player games even though there's never been a commercial successful multi-player game.

Then we tried to do Steam. There were a bunch of people internally who thought Steam was a really bad idea, but what they didn't think was that they would tell the people who were working on Steam what to do with their time. They were like 'that's what you want to do wit your time, that's fine, but we're going to spend our time working on Half-Life 2. We think you're kind of wasting your time, but it's your time to waste.'

In retrospect, it was a great idea, right? So the key thing was that people bear the consequences of their own choices, so if I spend my time on it the only persons time I'm wasting is mine. Over time, I think people sort of recognize how useful it is for people to vote with their time. There is a huge amount of wisdom in people's decisions about what they personally want to work on next."