Valve Nixes Half-Life 3 Rumors

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The_root_of_all_evil:

John Funk:
Meanwhile, Gabe Newell pauses for a moment to laugh at the Half-Life devotees from the top of his iron fortress in Bellevue, before going to swim in the money bin from Steam revenues.

At least Gabe earned his money, rather than stealing it from his employees, like certain other CEOs.

Or releasing terrible sequels year on year.
Or monopolising DLCs.
Or releasing unwanted peripherals.
Or charging for each transaction.
Or running off to create their own Steam with blackjack and hookers.
Or running an entire IP into the ground.
Or getting their entire system hacked because they can't be bothered to put security in.

Swim on Gabe, you're still doing alright overall. But cut down on the hats, please.

I lol'd at the Futurama reference.

OT: I've never really been hyped for another Half Life game anyway. Yeah, I'd like it, just as I'd like another Star Wars Battlefront or true Silent Hill game, but they aren't going to happen. And if they do, then yippee! I'll get to enjoy them. Until then, there are other games out on the market that need playing.

It's just a shame the games are being released so far apart, I was too young to enjoy HL1 when released, never played it, and for HL2, sure I played it, good and all, but then when HL3 comes out, who knows, maybe the next generation of gamers will play that one, if it ever arrives.

Quiet Stranger:
Soooo it's not even IN development? or it IS and they're just not telling us? Smells like conspiracy

EDIT: I miss the old crazy captchas

they have a few things on their plate, so their probably just taking it slow. Nothing new there ^^
Be patient, for the game that won't be worth the wait ^^

Gabe Newell feeds upon our sorrow.

and he is huuuuuungry.

Valve, you are awful, awful liars.

I'm getting concerned that Valve is walking the same path as Cyan Worlds:
A brilliant and creative game studio that launches a massively popular title (Myst/Half-Life), raises up a devoted fan base, takes forever to make the sequels, and then lapses back into obscurity, only making money on side-projects (Cyan: iPhone games, Valve: Steam).

Of course, for that analogy to work Valve would have to actually make Half-Life 3, because at least before Cyan dropped off the map they finished their damn story-arc!

Well, there goes my last reason to give a shit about this game.

John Funk:
(aside from the fact that Mike D is a real person)

Mike D huhaa with the master plan. There doesn't seem to be much love for the Beastie Boys >.>

No one knows Mike D?

I don't know whether or not to love Valve.
On one hand, they are making new games. On the other hand, no hopes raised for Half-Life.
On one hand, Steam is awesome with deals. On the other hand, the vast majority of games on there are Windows-only.

ARG I WANT MY EPISODE THREE! Jesus Christ this is ridiculous! They had better make it a full game instead of an expansion pack. What the hell is taking so long? It's Valve's engine, it can't take them that long to build a new game surely? Not 4 years for what is meant to be a simple expansion at the very least! I would expect to wait this long for a sequel, but even that's a damn stretch!

So Valve starts Ep 3 but then nixes episodic development. Why does this sound familiar? Oh yes...3D Realms starts Duke Nukem Forever but then changes engines.

Considering what happened with DNF this doesn't bode well at all. Suddenly I like the idea of EA starting its own digital service. If Steam suddenly stops being so easy a cashcow maybe Valve will get off its ass and start being a decent game company again.
And Valve? Stop disconnecting Steam every frakkin half hour!

THEoriginalBRIEN:
Valve, you are awful, awful liars.

I fully agree. I've been looking up Half Life 2 episode 3/Half Life 3 since I got the Orange Box earlier this year, and I Have seen alot of evidence that they are working on it, although in secret. There are alot of subtle hints to it being in development.

DarkRyter:
Gabe Newell feeds upon our sorrow.

and he is huuuuuungry.

I don't know what to say to that, but I find awfully funny.

Zirat:
Going for a money swim?

So now he's Scrooge McDuck? Hmm, oddly fitting all things considered.

Though on topic, I honestly don't care too much about Half Life 3 anymore, all this waiting and rumors have made me pretty much made me apathetic to the whole idea.

Sooooooo...

That means you're still open to Episode 3, right?

I seem to remember something in the Dev. commentary play through of HL2 mentioning Ep3 development repeatedly, but I may be wrong about that.

Right now, I'm just running on the assumption that every Hl3/2 ep 3 thread on the internet magically pushes back the release date another year, and trying not to think about it.

Korak the Mad:

THEoriginalBRIEN:
Valve, you are awful, awful liars.

I fully agree. I've been looking up Half Life 2 episode 3/Half Life 3 since I got the Orange Box earlier this year, and I Have seen alot of evidence that they are working on it, although in secret. There are alot of subtle hints to it being in development.

DarkRyter:
Gabe Newell feeds upon our sorrow.

and he is huuuuuungry.

I don't know what to say to that, but I find awfully funny.

Thing is, Half-Life 2: Episode 3 =/= Half-Life 3.

When exactly will the Half Life fanboys turn around and straighten up? I know they must like the table they've been bent over for the last four years but come on, other companies have put forward two or three games in that time.

But then again, I've said before that I didn't even like the original Half Life, so my opinion is a little skewed. At least my opinion allows me to play more than one new game from the series that I really love every decade though!

Valve, the greatest trolls in the gaming industry.

They probably just want the game to be a worth successor to both half-life 1 and 2.
I'm young and I can wait, whatever.

Nouw:

John Funk:
(aside from the fact that Mike D is a real person)

Mike D huhaa with the master plan. There doesn't seem to be much love for the Beastie Boys >.>

No one knows Mike D?

Get on the mic Mike let's be real and don't cloud the issue!

His name's Mike D. not Fat Morton Jelly Roll!

Everyone knows Mike D. And if they don't, they can Ch-Ch-Ch-Check out the Beastie Boys.

OT : Valve? No. None of this. Get rid of your hat fetish, release Half-Life 3 and stop fucking up TF2 with your insane weapons store.

Woodsey:
"Episode 3 is well poised to take its crown as gaming's most infamous vaporware."

4-year-old game with no official announcement beyond, "we plan to do 3 episodes" versus game in development for 14 years that suffered many release dates, launch trailers, developers and official announcements.

I really don't see the point of comparison that everyone seems to.

You can't really compare those two anymore, it's true. Since, y'know, DNF was released. Meaning it's not vaporware.

Need to stop raising my expectations, odds are Episode Three will only come out once I've forgotten it entirely.

Eh, we'll hear about it eventually. Lombardi said just two or three months ago that we WILL see more Half-Life and Gordon Freeman. We just don't what form it will take.

ouch111:

Zirat:
Going for a money swim?

So now he's Scrooge McDuck? Hmm, oddly fitting all things considered.

Though on topic, I honestly don't care too much about Half Life 3 anymore, all this waiting and rumors have made me pretty much made me apathetic to the whole idea.

Sooooooo...

That means you're still open to Episode 3, right?

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I screwed up the wording thanks for pointing that out.

But what I said still stands for both Episode 3 and Half Life 3, thank you very much for pointing out my horrid fallacy, I will now go flog myself for my horrid mistake.

So if its fiction, why the permabanning? Sorry, it just reeks of "Oh shit, he luckily caught us with our trousers down, quick, hide the porn and secretary!"

Not buying it, even though I don't give a shit about Half Life.

I've lost interest in the speculation and rumors at this point. When Valve finally does decide to announce Half-Life 2: Episode 3/Half-Life 3, I'll bounce off the walls then.

As much as I enjoy the Half-Life series, if or when Half-Life 2: Episode 3 ever comes out, I want something original. I am getting really bored of losing all of my weapons for no damn reason and Alex saying "Oh look, a gravity gun! Why don't you have it?" at the start of every episode. Then I end up ambushed by combine in houses time after time.

Don't get me wrong though, I will get it, if it comes out.

Mackheath:
So if its fiction, why the permabanning? Sorry, it just reeks of "Oh shit, he luckily caught us with our trousers down, quick, hide the porn and secretary!"

If it is true, why release a statement flat-out LYING about it?

Why not just ignore it like they always do when info leaks on something they're doing, like the accidental Dota 2 info leak? No need to be paranoid here.

Hardly seems fair to ban a guy for doing some legitimate sleuthing? If they are planning a surprise announcement that it's done then they would be pretty pissed if someone spoilt it I guess.

ciancon:
Some day Gabe Newell will stand up on a stage, reach into his coat and take out HL3. He'll then go on to say that it will be in stores worldwide in under an hour.

Some day....

Knowing Gabe Newell who actually tries to help gamers. It is very much likely.

Lets say this is true. Lets say Half life 3 started development on January 1st 2012. It still wouldn't be here until 2014 at the least. This is going to be a long wait...

I don't understand everyone's surprise. They took six years to make Half-Life 2. Two and a half years to make Episode Two, a 4-6 hour game with the only new addition being larger, destructible environments (in one section of the game).

They take forever to make games. That's just what they do. Expecting a full sequel just because they're doing what they've always done was naive.

Seriously, people need to stop QQing. Valve doesn't owe anything to you.

Last thing we need is another Duke Nukem forever... seriously thats the last thing we ever need. So Valve, I enjoy the TF2 updates here and there, but please get on the POINT and make Episode 3!

I'd just like to point out that saying the story is false doesn't mean they aren't working on it.

If I said, "The sky is blue because God is color blind" and someone says "False" does that mean the sky isn't blue?

We should rename the "schroedinger's cat" phenomenon to "Half Life 3".

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