Hooting echoed over the virtual valleys and mesas on the Internet this week after those who block the digital stream in search of everything ending with "3", one received an inkling that former Valve writer Erik Wolpaw had returned to Half- Life mob after leaving in 2017. And yes, Wolpaw has confirmed that he is working for Valve these days – because he never really stopped. Apparently he has been contracting for them all the time, working on this and what is needed, on top of working for his niece's juice store (which wasn't a joke).
Erik Wolpaw's official time as an official Valve employee included writing for Half-Life 2s episodes, Left 4 Dead and Portal. Now he is officially not a Valve employee, he dips in and out, works on various projects with people, including Jay Pinkerton (who also left, then actually returned) and Sean Vanaman from Campo Santo (who is now part of Valve) and In the Valley of God. Do things. Words, probably.
"I've had a contractual agreement with Valve since the day I left," Wolpaw explained to me today. "I have helped Pinkerton and [Steve] Jaros and Vanaman when they need it. It has been more concerned about that side lately, but I am not a full-time employee."
He added, "My great god still lives juice to my niece's Jodi's vegan juice store plus a three-hour day Unpaid internship plays Slay The Spire. "
I didn't know he and I had the same internship. We do not even work for exposure, but it is still so satisfactory.
The icy hot rumors of his return began after a snooper sent an email to Valvehoved honcho Gabe Newell and asked if Wolpaw was back and received a confirmatory reply. The pans held their breath as they waited for confirmation that the email was legitimate. The news came in: it was. Erik Wolpaw was back at Valve. Half-Life 3 will probably start as a steam box exclusive within weeks. So people noticed that Wolpaw was listed in the Artifact credit, suggesting that he had been there for a while. Half-Life 3 would be here in days. But naw.
If you notice that the informal email I quote looks a lot like the one he sent Polygon, I swear to you that he first sent it to me, but his clarification made me the story of overreaching non-news. When I realized I would have the opportunity to glow if I swept in and cleared up the misinformation, he had seen my shoulder hook and glued it to Polygon when they asked. You can ask my uncle who works at Nintendo.
Enlightenment: I know some valves through Campo Santo, although it is often the opposite. I once threw Sean Vanaman to the ground and stood on my chest to demonstrate that bullying is wrong. It made sense at that time.