Happy 10th Anniversary, Announcement of Half-Life 2 Episode Three

Happy 10th Anniversary, Announcement of Half-Life 2 Episode Three

The Escapist continues its celebration of major video game anniversaries, this time celebrating 10 whole years since the announcement of Half-Life 2: Episode Three.

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I would legitimately expect Ricochet 2 before we get Half-Life 3, if for no other reason than that Ricochet has a multiplayer focus and is a more viable vehicle for microtransactions.

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Perhaps they'll fund it via Kickstarter, and backers will be able to specify which of their descendants their copy of the finished game will go to.

Sixcess:
Perhaps they'll fund it via Kickstarter, and backers will be able to specify which of their descendants their copy of the finished game will go to.

Stretch goals! The more money they make, the closer the descendant! It's brilliant!!!

To me, it's rather damn embarrassing that it's been a whole bloody decade and they don't have a single thing to show for it. I understand about wanting to take their time and not rush the thing out the door but good lord. I'm not trying to be rude but jesus, we haven't heard a peep in all this time too so I honestly don't know what they're doing over their at Valve.

My guess is that their little "Steam" side business exploding all to hell into major profit took them off guard and rapidly changed priorities.

dalek sec:
To me, it's rather damn embarrassing that it's been a whole bloody decade and they don't have a single thing to show for it. I understand about wanting to take their time and not rush the thing out the door but good lord. I'm not trying to be rude but jesus, we haven't heard a peep in all this time too so I honestly don't know what they're doing over their at Valve.

*Shrug* They're a game distribution service now as opposed to being developers or even publishers. (Yes, I know about The Lab. If they weren't using it to showcase their VR headset, they wouldn't have made it.) The fact of the matter is that game development is expensive with a risky rate of return. And Episode 3? At this point, it would be stupid to make it.

As Duke Nukem Forever showed us, gamer preferences change as do cultural mores. Even if you downgraded the graphics, we would have been declaring DNF game of the year in 1998. Now? Duke Nukem's humor has aged about as well as the Rock's "Attitude Era" schtick every time he shows up for Wrestlemania and the gameplay, while it was amusing as hell in multiplayer, isn't anything that stands out anymore.

I suspect that, if Episode 3 did come out, it would have a terrible reception as well. While it wouldn't fall into the content pitfalls that Duke Nukem had, we'd still probably try the gameplay and find that it doesn't hold up any more. Hell, even if the gameplay were miraculously great, there would be so many expectations put on the game that it couldn't possibly live up to, it would still be considered a failure.

It's far better for Valve to just run their game distribution service and leave the risk-taking for their hardware department. The world has passed Half-life by.

Covarr:
I would legitimately expect Ricochet 2 before we get Half-Life 3, if for no other reason than that Ricochet has a multiplayer focus and is a more viable vehicle for microtransactions.

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I quietly hope for a new Day of Defeat as well.

I adored Day of Defeat and DoD:Source. I adored everything except the BUNK sound when you got shot in the head, that sound was the stuff of nightmares.

That second to last paragraph, about what Half-Life 3 is supposed to mean? Yeah, I'd punch someone in the face if they told me that. A perfect way to end the article. :-)

I've said it in other threads about this supposed game, and I'll say it here. I just don't care anymore. It has been too long, and Valve has been too silent. Even if they came out tomorrow and said, "Surprise! The game will be available at the end of the month!" I wouldn't believe it. I won't believe anything Valve has to say about this series until I am holding the actual game in my hand.

I'm afraid I've fallen into the camp that Valve is staffed by a bunch of cowards now, too terrified to release the game because of the backlash they saw at Mass Effect 3. It's funny how that rumor had to come out from The Know in order for Valve to even mention the series again, and all they gave us were empty promises again.
So yeah, Valve, you're going to have backlash if you ever choose to release this game, but it's partly your own fault. A DECADE for what was supposed to just be an episodic game is just wrong. A decade without any news whatsoever, when you know that this is a darling franchise for so many, makes me question your sanity and what you think of your fans.

Covarr:
I would legitimately expect Ricochet 2 before we get Half-Life 3, if for no other reason than that Ricochet has a multiplayer focus and is a more viable vehicle for microtransactions.

Not to mention that Ricochet 2 doesn't have the number "3" in it.

thepyrethatburns:

dalek sec:
To me, it's rather damn embarrassing that it's been a whole bloody decade and they don't have a single thing to show for it. I understand about wanting to take their time and not rush the thing out the door but good lord. I'm not trying to be rude but jesus, we haven't heard a peep in all this time too so I honestly don't know what they're doing over their at Valve.

*Shrug* They're a game distribution service now as opposed to being developers or even publishers. (Yes, I know about The Lab. If they weren't using it to showcase their VR headset, they wouldn't have made it.) The fact of the matter is that game development is expensive with a risky rate of return. And Episode 3? At this point, it would be stupid to make it.

As Duke Nukem Forever showed us, gamer preferences change as do cultural mores. Even if you downgraded the graphics, we would have been declaring DNF game of the year in 1998. Now? Duke Nukem's humor has aged about as well as the Rock's "Attitude Era" schtick every time he shows up for Wrestlemania and the gameplay, while it was amusing as hell in multiplayer, isn't anything that stands out anymore.

I suspect that, if Episode 3 did come out, it would have a terrible reception as well. While it wouldn't fall into the content pitfalls that Duke Nukem had, we'd still probably try the gameplay and find that it doesn't hold up any more. Hell, even if the gameplay were miraculously great, there would be so many expectations put on the game that it couldn't possibly live up to, it would still be considered a failure.

It's far better for Valve to just run their game distribution service and leave the risk-taking for their hardware department. The world has passed Half-life by.

I really don't believe it would even be that much of a risk. While I agree with the general sentiment that 10 years of hype can scarcely be lived up to, the game would still sell well even if it turned out to be mediocre to average. Average games are still profitable, and the industry has proved in the past that a large portion of the gaming community will throw fist-fulls of money at ideas that sound nice before they have any details.

Still, I'm yet to get around to finishing the first Half-Life, so I'm in no real hurry to see a next one.

That's great and all, but does this announcement also come with [new] trading cards/badges?

Other than that, I forgot how many franchise anniversaries are happening this year...

The day that Valve announces a definite Half-Life 3 release date is the day that Steam hits hard times. So, start using GOG, Origin, and Uplay *I may need to puke now.* more often, people.

HL3 seems to have become Valve's secret weapon to regain relevance if they ever lost it. Although, they might want to at least put out an entry ever few years before enough people really do move on. At this rate HL3 will be released to market filled by a generation that does not care about Dad's/Mom's or the granparents' old shooter franchise.

I really wish Valve would just make something, to shut up those memes and keep forums from clogging with posts about anything that could hint at a new HL.

BUT THE CLIFF HANGER OF WHAT HAPPENED TO ELI.

>: (

Valve are jerks. If you tell a story and you know how the story ends then you're either A) Purposefully withholding it or B) Have no artistic care to put it out.

They have the resources.
They have the manpower.
I refuse to believe that no one at Valve wants to make the game.

So the game is probably made and or finished.

So if they're purposefully withholding it or they have really lost interest in it just makes me very frustrated with them.

Hairless Mammoth:
The day that Valve announces a definite Half-Life 3 release date is the day that Steam hits hard times. So, start using GOG, Origin, and Uplay *I may need to puke now.* more often, people.

HL3 seems to have become Valve's secret weapon to regain relevance if they ever lost it. Although, they might want to at least put out an entry ever few years before enough people really do move on. At this rate HL3 will be released to market filled by a generation that does not care about Dad's/Mom's or the granparents' old shooter franchise.

I really wish Valve would just make something, to shut up those memes and keep forums from clogging with posts about anything that could hint at a new HL.

Pretty much this.

The really important point being made here is if Valve waits too long, there's not going to be anyone who cares enough about HL3 to make it worth the effort. Most of the people who loved the original games when they were released will have long since given up on seeing it and will probably greet it's sudden appearance(after years of refusal to talk about it) with bitter disdain or apathy. The generation who grew up playing PC games after the Orange box won't even know what the fuss is about. And really, no matter how good it is, there's going to be the nagging question of "What? This is what took a decade and change to create? It sure doesn't look like it.... ".

I really don't believe it would even be that much of a risk. While I agree with the general sentiment that 10 years of hype can scarcely be lived up to, the game would still sell well even if it turned out to be mediocre to average.

Yet it is possible, look at Doom, 11 years since the last version of it and my god did they manage to pull it off and not only give us a great game but managed to give us a game that actually went beyond the hype... then again we are talking about Valve here and just about everything Valve has done, thought of or tried to implement of late has been utter shite.

It's been ten years? And they've just moved onto source 2? I finally figured it out. Half life 2 episode 3 will finally be released when they've produced the third iteration of the second source engine. It makes perfect sense... or valve just can't be bothered. One or the other.

Laughing Man:

I really don't believe it would even be that much of a risk. While I agree with the general sentiment that 10 years of hype can scarcely be lived up to, the game would still sell well even if it turned out to be mediocre to average.

Yet it is possible, look at Doom, 11 years since the last version of it and my god did they manage to pull it off and not only give us a great game but managed to give us a game that actually went beyond the hype... then again we are talking about Valve here and just about everything Valve has done, thought of or tried to implement of late has been utter shite.

The thing is that Doom is a reboot of something with a weak story. If Half Life 3 happens and it's a reboot, holy shit the internet will blow up in anger. And honestly, with that cliff hanger and that edging by Valve, I could understand it.

I don't know, is Freeman's voice actor even still in the business? ;)

However stupid it may be, I still hold out some tiny, tiny shred of hope that one day this game will manifest itself. Sure as every year or so some self-styled iconoclast has to take it on himself to bring the truth to the forums that Half-Life 2 wasn't that good.

...And when it comes out, it will probably fall way, way, way short of expectations. But, hey... it probably will still be better than Duke Nukem Forever.

i think all we can really do is hope that they may release it and are at least working on it. just sounds a bit fishy too that after 10 years we still havent been given any answer what so ever or any kind of acknowledgment that its in the making. they know the fanbase is huge and pretty much more expected than duke nukem forever, which turned out to be a disaster of a game.

If Gabe doesn't want to make it, why does he not just set a team on it? Or is Valve completely occupied with Steam, VAC, CS:GO, TF2, and DOTA2 - AKA all online stuff? I never would have expected Valve to hold IP hostage like other companies and actually believed for a time that Valve cared about their customers. Speaking of the customers, how many people would actually be interested in HL3? Is it a vocal minority compared to the hundreds of thousands who play DOTA2 alone?

Not counting the sequel to a mod of the third Warcraft game, they haven't released an actual game in 5 years.

thepyrethatburns:
*Shrug* They're a game distribution service now as opposed to being developers or even publishers. (Yes, I know about The Lab. If they weren't using it to showcase their VR headset, they wouldn't have made it.) The fact of the matter is that game development is expensive with a risky rate of return. And Episode 3? At this point, it would be stupid to make it.

As Duke Nukem Forever showed us, gamer preferences change as do cultural mores. Even if you downgraded the graphics, we would have been declaring DNF game of the year in 1998. Now? Duke Nukem's humor has aged about as well as the Rock's "Attitude Era" schtick every time he shows up for Wrestlemania and the gameplay, while it was amusing as hell in multiplayer, isn't anything that stands out anymore.

From what I remember, Duke Nukem: Forever didn't just fail because of its humor. It failed because it was an ugly, unpolished game with boring gameplay that neither appealed to nostalgia nor modernized the older styles. People wanted DNF, but it wasn't a good game.

On the flip side, more recently we have DOOM, which in terms of wait is very close to Half-Life 3. That game has been doing fantastic. It's not because DOOM had a bunch of things to offer DNF couldn't offer. It's because the developers eventually got a handle on their project and turned it into a game people wanted, which unfortunately didn't happen with DNF.

So I'd imagine a Half-Life game could do well today. The biggest barrier is Valve's lack of commitment to their franchise. It's clearly not a priority for them, and it likely never will be so long as they continue prioritizing everybody's favorite DRM their storefront. I mean, why invest in a game when you can spend your time making deals to monetize mods working on your massive platform that every PC gamer basically has to flock to sooner or later.

thepyrethatburns:

dalek sec:
To me, it's rather damn embarrassing that it's been a whole bloody decade and they don't have a single thing to show for it. I understand about wanting to take their time and not rush the thing out the door but good lord. I'm not trying to be rude but jesus, we haven't heard a peep in all this time too so I honestly don't know what they're doing over their at Valve.

*Shrug* They're a game distribution service now as opposed to being developers or even publishers. (Yes, I know about The Lab. If they weren't using it to showcase their VR headset, they wouldn't have made it.) The fact of the matter is that game development is expensive with a risky rate of return. And Episode 3? At this point, it would be stupid to make it.

As Duke Nukem Forever showed us, gamer preferences change as do cultural mores. Even if you downgraded the graphics, we would have been declaring DNF game of the year in 1998. Now? Duke Nukem's humor has aged about as well as the Rock's "Attitude Era" schtick every time he shows up for Wrestlemania and the gameplay, while it was amusing as hell in multiplayer, isn't anything that stands out anymore.

I suspect that, if Episode 3 did come out, it would have a terrible reception as well. While it wouldn't fall into the content pitfalls that Duke Nukem had, we'd still probably try the gameplay and find that it doesn't hold up any more. Hell, even if the gameplay were miraculously great, there would be so many expectations put on the game that it couldn't possibly live up to, it would still be considered a failure.

It's far better for Valve to just run their game distribution service and leave the risk-taking for their hardware department. The world has passed Half-life by.

At this point? I'd rather just have an absolutely out of date utterly terrible Half Life 3 and just get the series over with already rather than having to deal with the relentless hanging of everything and the endless "Half Life 3 CONFIRMED!!!" jokes. In fact, I'm surprised to find that the fans haven't made an actual sequel yet.

BTW, I thought Duke Nukem Forever was good, but then I've played the series since day one and thus got nothing what I wouldn't have expected to get out of DNF.

Sixcess:
Perhaps they'll fund it via Kickstarter, and backers will be able to specify which of their descendants their copy of the finished game will go to.

This is Valve. They have more money than a million kickstarters. But I get your idea.

I used to be one of those people for whom Half Life was the be-all and end-all of gaming, but the lack of Half Life 3 have soured me on it. I still think HL2 is a fantastic game, but the delays have actually helped me expand my horizons a bit.

At this rate, they probably wouldn't do it unless all the free peoples of the world begged them ala Tom Bombadil. I'm imagining some kind of Chasers-esque "Make a Realistic Wish" sketch where some kid on his deathbed wishes for Half Life 3 to come out so he can play it before he dies. The Make a Wish foundation actually get Gabe Newell to come in, and he just tells the kid "sorry, but that's not really in the cards at the moment. But here's a voucher for the TF2 marketplace."

"I don't play TF2"

"You'll take the voucher and love it, you shit!"

Can....Can we stop acting like this game is going to happen? Like seriously? It was a joke 5 years ago, and now even the joke has outstayed it's welcome.

The way you can see the years pile on Newell in that video compilation...

There's only a couple of ways this ends:

- You get Prey, which was surprisingly good but largely forgotten by the time it came out

- You get Duke Nukem Forever, which was slammed as being the biggest disappointment since Phantom Menace

- You get Team Fortress 2, which was hailed as a transcendent moment in gaming and is still going strong years later.
And was, coincidentally, produced by Valve.

The one company that could believably pull this off, and they're backing down and pussying out.
It's infuriating.

Now, I've heard from my boss, who knows people at Valve, that Half Life 3 is a dead project.
Maybe some intern in the back is thinking about how one day he might go get the paper to start drawing concept art, but for all intensive purposes, stop waiting for it. It's not going to show up.

False Nobility:
Can....Can we stop acting like this game is going to happen? Like seriously? It was a joke 5 years ago, and now even the joke has outstayed it's welcome.

That's my sentiment exactly. Even if hell freezes over and this thing somehow see's the light of day, I won't believe it. I won't believe the rumors, the official announcement, the release... I won't believe that it exists if/when I am holding it in my hands. Somehow, Valve will have focused all it's energy and resources into ensuring that the final game... does not exist.

It's not going to happen. It may be that it was never going to happen. Why finish off one of the most anticipated trilogies in gaming history, when you can just NOT do that and have it become an urban legend instead?

Valve have just left it too long, both for Episode 3 and Half Life 3.

Where once Half Life 2 was the pinnacle of shooters, it really doesn't hold up very well compared to modern FPS.

There is no way that they could ever hope to meet the expectations of people waiting for the third episode of Half Life 2 or Half Life 3.

At this point a reboot would probably anger less people than trying to continue the original series.

 

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