Valve Says "Hang In There" For Half-Life 2: Episode 3

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Valve Says "Hang In There" For Half-Life 2: Episode 3

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Half-Life 2: Episode 3 is coming, so just chill.

Valve can't take a step without fans calling out questions about when Half-Life 2: Episode 3 is going to come out, or be announced, or even if Valve is thinking about it. In a recent interview, Valve marketing and PR chief Doug Lombardi confirmed that the game is certainly on the way.

Talking to AusGamers, Lombardi said: "You will ever see [more Half-Life], yes. We are not done with Gordon Freeman's adventures. I have nothing other than that to tell you today, but hang in there with us."

Half-Life is a first-person shooter series that sprang Valve to massive popularity back in 1998, praised for its use of scripted sequences rather than movie-like cutscenes, and for silent, goateed main character Gordon Freeman that regularly beat up headcrabs with a crowbar. Half-Life 2 hit stores in 2004, after a delay in 2003 due to a source code leak. Half-Life 2: Episode 1 expanded on the sequel's story in 2006, while Episode 2 did the same in 2007. Since then, almost 4 years later, there hasn't been any more Half-Life news.

Lombardi didn't necessarily say that Episode 3 is coming, so Valve could be planning to skip it for an entire new release considering the amount of time that has passed. The company is still being tight-lipped, but at least we know that Freeman will return, as if we didn't already. Just keep hanging.

Source: AusGamers

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Well at least they haven't forgotten it exists...

Can't wait to see what happens when Half Life 3 comes out before episode 3, that'll be great.

EDIT: Or maybe they'll pull a fast one and turn episode 3 into Half Life 3! Heh.

What's sad is that that cat picture is the first thing I thought of before I clicked the link. And then I clicked the link.

I just knew there was going to be a cat image included in this thread. Maybe the reason they are tight lipped is that they haven't even started yet... :O. Maybe I should stop talking...

Veloxe:

EDIT: Or maybe they'll pull a fast one and turn episode 3 into Half Life 3! Heh.

Well it'll hardly be a 'fast' one lol!

Abridged: We have finally started doing something about it. Now shut up and wait for four more years. If youre a good fanbase, it might happen.

Half Life 3.

NO EPISODE 3!

If this isn't a full blown sequel, I'll kill Gabe Newell.

I'll bet they're making a new engine for it.

Speaking of which, I (finally) just finished Portal the other day. I must be one of the only people ever who finds the Source engine extremely clunky and nearly unplayable...

Of course we'll hang in there Valve. Just hurry the hell up.

gigastar:
Abridged: We have finally started doing something about it. Now shut up and wait for four more years. If youre a good fanbase, it might happen.

My thoughts exactly.

I don't even know why Valve's fanboys still dominate every vote and contest ever considering that Valve has left us hanging for quite some time. You can say 'hang in there' all you want but we've been hangin' for almost four years. Seriously Valve, Our arms are getting mighty tired.

Must...hang in there... "We will persevere..." Well, at least they mentioned it. This news is better than no news.

Given the time that has passed anything less than a full size-game, whether named Episode 3 or Half Life 3, would leave me disappointed.

Having episode 3 be comparable in length and scope to Half Life 2 would be odd but certainly not bothersome. I don't think they could just drop Episode 3 and have Half Life 3 pick up after Episode 2's cliffhanger, the Episode 2 finale is too charged.

What I'd really like to see is Episode 3 released to resolve the HL2 Episodes and then follow it up ~six months later by releasing Half Life 3. I'd be happy to forgive the delay with something like this.

z3rostr1fe:
So.... Half-Life 3??

Wasn't the whole point of the episodes that Valve didn't want to make a "complete" sequel and rather give it out in bits? I mean, I wouldn't have anything against either option...

I seriously think it's just going to launch one day out of the blue. No advertising, no pre-orders, just "Hey, Episode 3 is out!".

How ballsy would that be?

This is great news.

I never cared -when- it was coming out, I just always wanted to know if it was -ever- coming out.

Half-life 3 eh?
So no more Gabe/Episode 3 jokes? That saddens me greatly...
One more for the road!

I'm starting to hope its never released just to spite all those people who are demanding it like they're actually owed something, and then acting like brats when there's an interview and aren't given any information on it.

No, the episodes obviously didn't work out like planned (unless, of course, the two episodes did go to plan, and the plan then became to make HL3 instead), get over it. They didn't lie to you, they did a reassessment.

Personally, I can't wait to find out what happens, but I know it'll be out when its done and so I just forget about it.

Lance Arrow:

gigastar:
Abridged: We have finally started doing something about it. Now shut up and wait for four more years. If youre a good fanbase, it might happen.

My thoughts exactly.

I don't even know why Valve's fanboys still dominate every vote and contest ever considering that Valve has left us hanging for quite some time. You can say 'hang in there' all you want but we've been hangin' for almost four years. Seriously Valve, Our arms are getting mighty tired.

geez, that's nothing, try being a George R.R. Martin fanboy. 4 years? pshaw!

seriously, though, it's good to hear they haven't completely forgotten Half-Life.

That kitteh will have died of old age before it gets here though.

The proof of the pudding, my friends, is in the eating.

And I'm hungry.

Oh well, at least they remember it exists. That's some comfort... right? Right?

It's actually sadly comforting that they acknowledge its existence again.

I hope that they'll officially reveal my favorite gaming series at E3 this year and I think it's pretty much a given that the next hl game will be hl3 and not ep3.

If Duke Nukem Forever hits shelves before we have a trailer for Half Life 3 I may have to burn Gabe alive.

(Who wants bacon? :D)

Nice, but they should understand this is not how episodic gaming works. The formula isn't, "slightly cheaper, drastically shorter and released whenever-we-feel-like-it."

People get upset not because they feel they're "owed," but because so many think Valve can do no wrong, and then Valve continues to release inferior retreads of HL2 at half the price of a full game, yet 2 or 3 times the price of other episodic games of similar length (from other developers).

I think because of the time that passed, they may plan to drop the episode thing and do a fullworthy sequel, but thats a good thing, right? More Freeman for us, because episode or sequel it's half life either way.

Just give us one screen shot!!

HL2:EP3 - Release Date: Hang in there!

Adjusted for Valve Time: The second coming of Christ will happen first.

Not that I give a shit about Half-Life, but I never miss an opportunity for a good "Valve Time" joke.

They'd better go with Half Life 3. Going with episode 3 would be just stupid. Never forget the fact they'd need to distance themselves from the unbelievably mediocre Half Life 2.

So he essentially told us nothing "hang on we may still make a new game... someday", really very helpful.

Valve's delayed games : Every single HL Game except Blue Shift and Opposing Force

Portal 2
The ORANGE Box
L4D2 (The Australian version)

...Fuck off Valve....

Puddle Jumper:
Never forget the fact they'd need to distance themselves from the unbelievably mediocre Half Life 2.

After taking a look at the number of the Half-Life 2 fanboys in existence (only a million billion), I say you are right. They need to distance themselves from this incredibly unsuccessful game.

...?

Anyway, I stopped caring for Episode 3 about 2 weeks after having finished Episode 2. The story and characters are not THAT compelling. I appreciate Valve's work a lot, but I'll never understand the incredible amount of love.

Gxas:
I'll bet they're making a new engine for it.

Speaking of which, I (finally) just finished Portal the other day. I must be one of the only people ever who finds the Source engine extremely clunky and nearly unplayable...

If you're playing on a console then I most certainly agree with you. If you're playing on PC, then I have no idea what your problem is.

I think at this point we can expect the next instalment in the amount of time equilivant to Uranium-234's half-life

Yeah, I'm starting to suspect they're making a full sequel, or at least not a conventional episode. I doubt valve spent the last four years sitting on their hands.

THIS IS THE GREATEST NEWS I HEARD IN A LONG TIME.

I'll have to sacrifice a few bulls to the Valve gods. Maybe a virgin or two, not that there are any around where I live...

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