Valve writer Chet Faliszek has left Valve under amicable circumstances. The news was revealed on GamesIndustry.biz, and Faliszek wrote of his departure: "[It was] Nothing exciting or drama filled. I worked there 12 years, shipped a bunch of great games and some amazing hardware and wanted to change things up."
Over his 12-year Valve career, Faliszek worked on the scripts for both of Half-Life 2's Episode DLC packs, Portal, Left 4 Dead, Portal 2, Left 4 Dead 2 and became one of the few public faces for the infamously secretive company. Faliszek has certainly worked on some great games and amazing hardware at Valve, and it is sad to see him go.
Valve's had something of a problem keeping writers lately as Faliszek's writing partner Eric Wolpaw left earlier this year, while Half-Life writer Marc Laidlaw departed last year. This also leaves Valve short of every primary writer who worked on the Half-Life games and DLC. Which basically means, we are almost absolutely not getting Half-Life 3. This one isn't in Dev Hell any more, it's gone straight into the Development Graveyard.
Faliszek has not revealed what his plans are going forward, but we at Bleeding Cool wish him all the best in what's to come.