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Valve Planning Three Major Surprises
Oh man, here we go again. Join us as we hop on the Valve bandwagon of hope. Hope? What I mean is hope for a new Half-Life game, what else would I be referring to? Anyway, Valve's Gabe Newell -- who evidently loves to talk a lot lately -- uncovered that the well-known development studio plans at least three "big surprises" over the next 12 months (Thanks, CVG).

"I can guarantee you people are going to be surprised at stuff we do. That isn't going to stop any time soon. I'm just laughing because... people will be shocked again," Newell explained to PC Gamer UK. "We have three pretty big surprises in the next 12 months at least."

Well, whack me over the head with a crowbar and call me "Gordon Freeman!" Three big surprises, eh? Let the speculation begin.

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Reader Comments
Vader [STAFF] Sep 01 2010, 12:49 pm EDT
My money's on the new DotA game... for starters. And then, Half-Life 3 damn it!
finaleve Sep 01 2010, 12:54 pm EDT
Last i heard there was an issue over the DotA IP as most of the creators and modders who worked with the DotA mod are scared they might not ever get to work again. Then again, I read it on

Chances are, it's NOT going to be Half-Life 2 related.
Vader [STAFF] Sep 01 2010, 12:59 pm EDT
Like I said, my first bet is the new DotA game (or at least something in that domain, because I remember 2lions and I interviewing Gabe once a long time ago and he always had his heart set on making a strategy game).

As for a new HL game... well, that's just a fool's hope.
Vodoo Sep 01 2010, 01:00 pm EDT
the last "shock" was about as interesting as stock exchange.
Un Om Bun [STAFF] Sep 01 2010, 01:08 pm EDT
They've already jumped on the DLC and the co-op bandwagons, so that still leaves the motion control, the MMORPG and the 3D bandwagons. There, 3 surprises and none of them is Half-Life related. Rejoice, me hearties !
  finaleve: Pretty sure 3D has been handled already with nVidia. …
Un Om Bun: But they'll want something flashier, something that's…
Fuckd__4_Life Sep 01 2010, 01:25 pm EDT
My bets:
- Motion control support for Portal (it makes sense with the Move)
- Half Life 3 (Episode 3 skipped)
- new IP

None of these are shocking but their surprise of E3 was dozzy.
Morkrul Sep 01 2010, 01:45 pm EDT
bah, i won't believe in "surprises" from valve anymore, they broke my heart with portal 2(and NOT HL3)
GrgoljBlaster Sep 01 2010, 01:55 pm EDT
1. partner game with Telltale (, probably Texas Hold 'em or Magic the gathering clone

2. Left 4 Dead for Mac followed by a comic

3. Left 4 Dead 2 for Mac followed by second episode of comic promising the third and final chapter where we see characters 20 years from now (maybe announcement for Left 4 Dead Geriatrics)

4. Team Fortress 2 will no longer be "war-themed hat simulator" and it will be turned into "beach-party-with-crazy-hats simulator" (look up on Youtube, Valve "accidentaly" added a beach ball to TF2).

My lucky guesses based on some news and common sense, also even though I love Valve I don't have high hopes because I don't want "E3 surprise" hype to get me all over again. On the other hand, I'll probably end up preordering it, whatever it is :)
Sujet Sep 01 2010, 01:59 pm EDT
Half-life themed RTS.
Left4Dead 3
a Modern warfare style game, possibly tank-style Battlefield game.

maybe in a color-box
blitsie Sep 01 2010, 02:28 pm EDT
1.Gabe Newell takes sumo wrestling as new hobby, leaves Valve to stay in China.
2. Portal 2 will be a PS3 exclusive.
3.Obscure message somehow related to HL3, ends up being a hint at a new brand of zombine fluffy toys.

Honestly though, I hope Half Life 3 is one of the surprises.
Alchi Sep 01 2010, 02:50 pm EDT
-Steam for Linux
-Portal 2 multiplayer
-No Half life 2 episode 3, nor Half life 3. No talk about it, in fact Valve will deny any existence of previous games.

And there will be a GPS voice-over with that AI from the first Portal which you can buy for 300$ or 500.
You know - "turn left on next crossing, you bastard"
Terminator Sep 01 2010, 02:52 pm EDT
It's been so long since I played Half Life 1 and 2, I can barely remember the storylines anymore =(
  Alchi: Aliens invade and take over the planet, you try to re…
EricHalfBee: I can remember that in HL2 you spend an awful lot of …
Sujet: I remember there was a lot of looking at alex's butt
Bubu: Alex ...... butt ....... mmmmmmmmm
Fuckd__4_Life: @Alchi - You also carry a crowbar. Don't ever forget …
Alchi: I thought that was so common knowledge you don't even…
Terminator: Oh yeah, Alex was niiiiiiice!
EricHalfBee: blue jeans, hiking boots and rolled up sleeves like s…
perineum Sep 01 2010, 05:03 pm EDT
I skipped episode 2 cause I wanted to play that and episode 3 back to back. Can anyone tell me, without a spoiler, if episode wrapped the story up or was it completely open ended?
  The Bruce: It is completely open ended, answered a question or t…
shadowwolf: Not to mention having a cliffhanger ending much like …
finaleve: idk, the cliffhanger ending was a lot more intense in…
EricHalfBee: Play it ;-) Back to back may never happen plus The Hu…
Breedy_Mcfluff Sep 01 2010, 07:30 pm EDT
Episode 3.... come on... Episode 3...

I'd hope for them to make some awesome FPSRPG, but I highly doubt they have the balls to go so far out of their comfort zone.
Bubu Sep 02 2010, 12:59 am EDT
Gabe, if you're reading this, than answer a question for me pls: do you want to die ? Seriously, I WILL MURDER YOU if you don't give me (in 2011) a HL3 with AT LEAST 15h of gameplay
jokester Sep 02 2010, 03:51 am EDT
TF2 announcement most likely...

Probably in regards to their upcoming update with the community content, new game type, ect.
  Fatty: More Hats
Terminator Sep 02 2010, 05:09 am EDT
Please release Half Life 3 before this PC wears out!
Admiral_Webbco Sep 02 2010, 09:54 am EDT
Hi folks. First ever post, but been browsing this site daily for years. It's the only gaming website that actually makes me giggle like a girl. This piece of news, for some reason, got me to sign last.

My guess at one of the "shocks" will be that Mr Newell will announce that HL3 will, in fact, be a MMO.
  EricHalfBee: Welcome. I hope you're no good at predictions.
jokester: dibs on the the IGN "tehfr33man"


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