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Gabe Sort of Talks About Half-Life 3

How many times have we longed for Valve to reveal at least a shred of evidence that Half-Life 3 exists (or Half-Life 2: Episode 3, if you prefer)? The thing is they never said a word. No official info or media. Nothing. Hints, rumors, possibly some tidbits that might lead us to believe they haven't given up on the project entirely, albeit nothing concrete.

It appears that Valve's managing director Gabe Newell commented about the company's project "Ricochet 2," which according to reports, doesn't really exist, so now they're saying he was, in fact, referring to Half-Life 3. So, yeah, it's like a code for Half-Life 3 (BluesNews via Develop).

Here's what he had to say:

"In terms of Ricochet 2, we always have this problem that when we talk about things too far in advance," Newell said. "We end up changing our minds as we're going through and developing stuff, so as we're thinking through the giant story arc which is Ricochet 2, you might get to a point where you're saying something is surprising us in a positive way and something is surprising us in a negative way, and, you know, we'd like to be super-transparent about the future of Ricochet 2."

"The problem is, we think that the twists and turns that we're going through would probably drive people more crazy than just being silent about it, until we can be very crisp about what's happening next," he said.

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zaeb Apr 23 2012, 08:18 am EDT
whats half life?
GrgoljBlaster Apr 23 2012, 08:20 am EDT
Ricochet 2 announcement was as an april-fools joke by tfwiki crew http://steampowered.wiki.tf/app/900
So, I guess, Valve just played along and keeps referring that game about 50% of life "Ricochet 2". But, hey, at least they're working on it! Right? Right? *crickets*
Un Om Bun [STAFF] Apr 23 2012, 08:45 am EDT
It's precisely that which will no doubt as well.
Bubu Apr 23 2012, 08:49 am EDT
I got a stiffy right now. It won't go away.
  Nameinuse: You should see a doctor, man. A permanent stiffy is s…
PainZero Apr 23 2012, 11:06 am EDT
Well the longer they are working on it the better chance it gets ending up as DNF.
EricHalfBee Apr 23 2012, 11:51 am EDT
So HL2:E2 was late 2007. If they took some time off and then decided that HL2:E3 was actually going to be HL3 and every bit as ambitous as the first two titles then that's really not that big a gap. I think gamers are just too damn demanding: just because MW and AC come out in one form or another every year it doesn't follow that HL should. In fact I'm glad it doesn't because then we might get something genuinely interesting.

Here's a comparison. Bioshock came out in 2007. We're only now about to get its successor: I'm not counting BS2: that was like a mission pack for Bioshock: farmed out to another team by the studio for easy money.
  finaleve: Yeah I don't consider BS2 part of the series at all. …
touretul Apr 23 2012, 01:51 pm EDT
nothing
micahpharoh Apr 23 2012, 03:03 pm EDT
HL1 to HL2 was 5 years. It's been 5 years since Ep 2. Give us what we want!
Cheddar Apr 23 2012, 03:37 pm EDT
While I still have no doubts at all that HL3 is well into development...

(it's Marc Laidlaw's baby, with 15 years of investment; he gave up writing award-winning novels to come on-board at Valve and create Half-Life, it's the only thing he does for them and so long as he's employed there we can consider it fact that Half-Life is alive and well at Valve)

...as others have pointed out, the gap between HL1 and HL2 is now less than the gap between Ep2 and now. And imo, that's a problem.

I understand that Valve is a financially independent studio of perfectionists with no publisher oversight forcing them to make deadlines -- and while for the most part I think that's fantastic, because it ensures artistic integrity -- at some point they need to make sure they don't make the same mistakes 3DRealms made with Duke Nukem Forever.

Taking your time is well and good, but there's still such a thing as taking too much time. There's a window, and eventually it closes... even for something like Half-Life 3.
run_like_snot Apr 23 2012, 04:02 pm EDT
This is tantalising information! I now know that HALF LIFE 3 will be released tomorrow! Good thing I have the morning off! And yes a permanent stiffy is quite serious because, as mentioned by esteemed colleague up there, your knob can fall off! Could make a good sausage but a pity nonetheless.
Dean_Demon Apr 23 2012, 05:40 pm EDT
This has nothing to do with hl 3 in the slightest,i can't believe people are actually still falling for trash like this,i work in the gaming industry and this is the standard joke and the biggest white lie in history
Cheddar Apr 23 2012, 10:15 pm EDT
Pretty sure real professionals in the gaming industry are generally literate enough to know that you put spaces after punctuation.

Or in other words...

Obvious troll is obvious.


Anyway, it should go without saying, but... Valve is never, ever going to bother with a sequel to freaking Ricochet, so Gabe is obviously using codespeak for SOMETHING. If it's not HL3, what else would it be? That it's HL3 is the only logical inference. Every other IP Valve is involved with is currently completely above-board and has no need for such coyness.
Neil Apr 24 2012, 12:17 am EDT
Screw HL2E3, I want to know what L4D3 (Left 4 Dead 3) is out!
Reikhardt Apr 24 2012, 12:23 am EDT
You should try being a fan of The Longest Journey series still waiting for the next bloody installment.
LostPcGamer Apr 24 2012, 03:08 pm EDT
Its time people wake up and realize there wont be a Half-Life 3. They never finished episode 3 and they delight in baiting the audience who thinks they will.
  Cheddar: Just copied your post to a .txt for posterity.
LostPcGamer: Go ahead I'll have the last laugh you fool.
EricHalfBee: When you can laugh at me too. The IP is too valuable …
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