what do we care if the consoles get a dumbed down version? Valve would never compromise the PC version even if they would make it multiplat.
You say that. But people said the same thing about Crytek with Crysis 2 and 3 and look how that turned out.
you are comparing Valve, the lord of Steam, to Crytek here...
I'd say Valve isn't holy grail of PC devs anymore. For fucks sake they've had their biggest following waiting 11 years for a sequel without even a proper announcement....Half Life is arguably the biggest pc series ever what with all its spawned. Second to WoW I'd say.
i believe they have made the decision long ago to not make/release a new Half Life title until they can roll out a new engine with it.