Portal, Half-Life Writer Erik Wolpaw Has Left Valve

Wolpaw was instrumental in writing Valve's Portal and Portal 2 puzzlers.

It's a notable departure for Valve. He joined the company in 2004 and helped shape several heavy hitters in Valve's catalog, including Half-Life 2: Episodes One and Two, as well as Left 4 Dead 1 and Left 4 Dead 2. A sad news came recently as a twitter post from the writer of these games, Erik Wolpaw broke out on the internet stating that he had already separated with Valve.

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VNN assumed the "with Jay Pinkerton" part meant Pinkerton, also a writer at Valve, was leaving too, but some follow-up tweets from the man himself and Wolpaw cleared that up.

Erik Wolpaw, known as one of the main writers of the saga of Half Life, has made a decision to abandon Valve, the company with which he has worked since 2004 collaborating on projects such as the two episodes of Half Life 2, Portal and Left 4 Dead. "He's a comic genius and a true original". Wolpaw has already been announced as a story and dialog collaborator on Double Fine's forthcoming Psychonauts 2.

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One reason Laidlaw cited for his decision to retire was his age. It's a still a close secret amongst developers at Valve; they have been silent on the topic since the release of Half-Life 2: Episode 2 all the way back in 2007.

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