Gabe Newell: Yes, We’re Still Working on Half-Life 2: Episode 3

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No need to start pushing your Duke Nukem Forever alarms just yet: Valve is still working on Half-Life 2: Episode 3, they’re just being … slow about it. Oh, and it won’t be for the PS3.

Last night’s episode of Gametrailers TV had plenty of information and goodies for Left 4 Dead fans, but what about people who are interested in Valve’s other stuff?

GTTV host Geoff Keighley asked fans to send him question for Valve CEO Gabe Newell via Twitter, and one disgruntled fan called the developer out on the long development cycle of the final Half-Life 2 episode: “Are you still even working on Half-Life 2: Episode 3? When can we micro-invest in it through Steam so it will actually come out?”

Laughing, Newell deflected the question, saying that he had nothing to say at the moment about Episode 3, but that Valve would let people know when it did. When Keighley pressed to see if it was still under development, though, Newell (sort of) caved: “Yes, of course we’re still doing it.”

Speaking of sequels, he then said that fans should send him a list of which sequel they’d like to see more: Counterstrike 2 or Portal 2 – personally, Newell said he’d be more interested in Portal 2, but either way, he’s going to have one full inbox.

Another Twitter question wondered what exactly Gabe & Company had against the PS3: “Why are you so vocal against the PS3 when other companies just stay quiet and do what they do?” Newell admitted that it was partly out of frustration, since Valve felt that it had done the worst job supporting its customers on Sony’s console, and didn’t have the capability to deliver them content like they could on the 360 or PC.

Still, when asked if Valve was working on the PS3 in an attempt to get better at programming for it, Newell’s response was fairly clear: “No. Not in any real way.”

So, when Half-Life 2: Episode 3 does eventually come out after Valve is done learning ASL, it probably won’t be on the PS3. Gee, you’d almost think Gabe Newell has a grudge against the console or something.

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