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(Pocket-lint) - The long and eagerly awaited Half-Life and Portal movies are coming and director J.J. Abrams has confirmed more details.

Valve's Gabe Newell and Star Wars director J.J. Abrams spoke about a team up back in 2013 but it's only now that confirmation has arrived proper. Speaking at the SXSW festival The Force Awakens director said: "We’ve got writers, and we’re working on both those stories. But nothing that would be an exciting update."

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Of course that much detail itself is enough of an update to get even a mild Half-Life fan clicking for a YouTube fan made film to fill the wait time. That should be a long haul since it's still in the writing stages.

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Also Valve's Newell has said in the past that if these movies aren't perfect he'd rather do them in-house at Valve, so there will be plenty of pressure to get them right.

Which movie will come first is unclear but we'd imagine the bigger fan base of Half-Life will be catered to initially.

While we've got a long wait ahead of us before meeting the real-world Gordon Freeman or Portal's Chell, we've got some brilliant fan-made films to keep us going in the meantime. Check the link below to see what happens when real-world Gordon Freeman goes head-to-head with Chell.

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Writing by Luke Edwards.