Well... sort of. Ish. A bit.
When asked if Valve were working on a new game set in the Half-Life/Portal universe, Newell replied with a simple "yep", before going on to confirm that the company was working on some sort of Half-Life/Portal movie project with JJ Abrams, a new single-player game, and a "full-sized" VR game.
Which many have speculated, without a great deal of evidence, is Half-Life or Portal-related.
You know: because nature abhors an information vacuum, and "people are stupid" (not my words - but the words of the pop singer Boy George; don't shoot the messenger).
For me, though, the most interesting remark from Newell was this: "The issue with Half-Life for me is that I was involved in a much higher percentage of the decisions about the games, so it's hard for me to look at them as anything other than a series of things I regret."
And in one fell swoop my feelings regarding Half-Life were turned on their head. That's right; their head.
That's the literal opposite of the bum!