Valve: No new Half-Life this year

Waiting for Half-Life 2: Episode 3? Well you are going to be disappointed to hear that the third installment of the popular Half-Life 2 series will not be coming this year according to a report from TechRadar.

The news reportedly comes from the latest issue of US gaming magazine, Game Informer, in which game developers Valve clearly state that there will not be a Half-Life release at all in 2010.

The previous episode in the series, Half-Life 2: Episode 2, was released in late 2007 as both a standalone game and as part of The Orange Box - a collection of Valve's games released on the PC, Xbox360 and PS3.

Valve's Gabe Newell said in an interview last year that development of Episode 3 was still ongoing. In response to a reader question, the Valve executive said, "Yes, of course we’re doing Episode 3." Pushed further by presenter Geoff Keighley, who asked "But it is still being worked on?", he responded "Oh, absolutely."

Unless Valve gives more news in the meantime it seems that fans of the series will have to hope the company attends this years E3 in June.

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They said like 1.5 years ago that they were working on HL3 and it will be released after HL2EP3.Maybe they are working on both at the same time with DX10-11 updates to source engine,Also who here remember the CCS engine being updated to the orange box-DDS was in development.My STEAM still shows under games Counter Strike Source BETA (The Orange Box update) That is almost 3 years now.I think VAVLE Knows the Half Life series has run its course.It is just Vapor ware now.

The successes of their two main franchises probably caught them off guard. Especially in the case of TF2: the game could practically be a sequel by now compared to its initial state two years ago.

I can wait though for Episode 3.

I'm sick of completing Half Life now. I've smashed every box, killed everything and shot Alex in the face a million times.

I just want Episode 3.

I'm at the point that I don't really care anymore, I mean if they ever release it I'll definetly grab it but right now I'm not bothered either way and with games like ME2 just over a week away and more coming as the year progresses, I've got plenty to keep me happy :)

Kalint said,
Can you blame them? Try using hammer and see how fast it is to make a level!

Haha, point taken. That tool is awful.

I wonder if this is going to be a $20 installment or a $50+ full fledged new game. At this point it could go either way. They may be taking the game engine to the next level for this one, hence the delays.

Azies said,
Seems like they're suffering from Duke Nukem Forever syndrome.

Haha! That's the first thought that popped into my head as well.

The official title will be:

Half-Life 2: Episode 3 "Forever"

I own HL2 (11/16/04) and HL2:EP1 (6/1/06). I'll have to replay them just to remember the story should I ever pick up EP2 (10/10/07) and EP3.

Then again, I'm not sure I care anymore either.

oh well, to me it seems the whole half life storyline has dried up and now its time is over (to me it doesnt offer much in the way of replayablility... cept in honing headshots) ... TF2 is getting old and L4D1 and 2 are getting boring (same old story same old dance... need some secrets in the game like the old resident evils)... so yeah, valve is starting to smell a lil rip at the moment

For an episodic game (i.e shorter than normal, pretty much an addon to HL2) it seems a little OTT to be taking 3yrs to develop it. Also seems a little nutty to abandon your flagship ip in order to focus on releasing gaames such as L4D2 which to me in itself should of been no more than an addon for L4D.

Tbh I jus get the feeling there seriously over stretched and not walking the logical path. As others have said it does feel like the ship has sailed on this, but i,ll wait and reserve my full judgement for the finished game. I guess the end of the Freeman story isnt something you end quickly or even in conjunction to the other 2 episodes.

I know EXACTLY why its taking so long. Whats happening is valve/Gabe is crafting thier next ever so ponient and witty (¬_¬) remark about why they hate the PS3, And how that that they are trying to integrate new forms of interactions and ways to communicate with the player. Then they will follow it up with how they are focused on qulity over quantity and then they will ship L4D3 and every one will say that its not been long enough and valve will say buy it and people will.

No one ever holds valve accountable for what it does. They are the Apple of the Pc world. They own the pc app store,god forbid they turn evil, and everything they do is 'revolutionary'.

I fear the future

Einlander said,
I know EXACTLY why its taking so long. Whats happening is valve/Gabe is crafting thier next ever so ponient and witty (¬_¬) remark about why they hate the PS3, And how that that they are trying to integrate new forms of interactions and ways to communicate with the player. Then they will follow it up with how they are focused on qulity over quantity and then they will ship L4D3 and every one will say that its not been long enough and valve will say buy it and people will.

No one ever holds valve accountable for what it does. They are the Apple of the Pc world. They own the pc app store,god forbid they turn evil, and everything they do is 'revolutionary'.

I fear the future

You need that sarcasm punctuation mark.

s3n4te said,

You need that sarcasm punctuation mark.

What he said is not all untrue. As crappy as their tactics are people will buy their stuff. Same thing with Apple as he said. Great phone, shi** network, people buy it.

Damn! I am so dissapointed.
on the other hand...maybe it will be more than 4 hrs...something like 10?
If its a long and good game, then i dont care for this wait.

I'm not hugely surprised by this. Valve have a new bigger cash cow in the form of Left 4 Dead, so best bet is they're working on Left 4 Dead 3. If they go to E3, then it's a given.

MightyJordan said,
I'm not hugely surprised by this. Valve have a new bigger cash cow in the form of Left 4 Dead, so best bet is they're working on Left 4 Dead 3. If they go to E3, then it's a given.

Yeah L4D has a much bigger audience that extends to the consoles. Half Life is still largely a PC following, though I bet it sold pretty well. Economically, it does not hurt them as a corporation to daddle around with Half Life. I wonder how the devs feel though, I am sure some like the games as much as we do, it is their pride and joy.

Nnnnnnnnnnnoooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!, I like the series but I'm tired of playing them again and again....

Episode 3 is probably being made on their new graphics engine. Source has great legs but in a year or so, an amazing new engine from Valve showcasing Episode 3 wouldn't surprise me. It would just be more of the same if they stuck with the old engine and Episode likeliness while great as it is would be quite boring.

WooHoo!!! said,
Episode 3 is probably being made on their new graphics engine. Source has great legs but in a year or so, an amazing new engine from Valve showcasing Episode 3 wouldn't surprise me. It would just be more of the same if they stuck with the old engine and Episode likeliness while great as it is would be quite boring.
Valve have invested too much money on the Source engine. It's not like many other engines either. It can be upgraded in bits. Source when HL2 was launched in 2004 is not the same engine in terms of tech like in Episode 2.

Valve have also said that they made Source to last because they didn't want to invest a huge amount of money on a new engine for a new game.

Unless they are rewriting the game code from the ground up i do not see why it would take them so long to create an episodic content piece for this game. I mean look at the content that players can create in a short time.

If it wasn't for steam being a publisher for games, Valve would of gone out of business.

I have not problem for them delaying a game until it's close to being "done". If they know it's going to take a while, there marketing needs to keep there mouth shut. I

Oh well i never did manage to finish Episode 2, no need to worry about finishing it in the next year now!

I worn't complain, at least valve don't milk the Half Life series for every penny.

It was originally supposed to be released every 3 months. Episodes are so small, so there is really nothing do - just few small scenes and a little bit of scripts. It's a pure laziness.

Episodic content was never a good idea. As far as i can tell, only Telltale has managed to follow up on the model with success. Even so, I still thinks it fails to some degree, since the wait between episodes are too far between in some cases. Then you have examples like SiN episodes, where episodes never get published because of bankruptcy.

I know I will be excited when this comes out and will buy it, but it does bother me that they made a big deal about the episodic content thing saying that they could release ne versions quicker and then this happens.

Ironman273 said,
I know I will be excited when this comes out and will buy it, but it does bother me that they made a big deal about the episodic content thing saying that they could release ne versions quicker and then this happens.

Exactly my point: they made a big deal about it saying that they could pump out an episode a year yet if you look at the whole picture then they have brought out two episodes over a period of 5 years since the release. I remember the scepticism of the people all too well when the first articles about the episodes content hit the internet. Apparently they were right. Then again I'm part of the bunch of idiots that complain and then buy it at release.

I bet you can make a list of +10 pages with all the promises Valve made but never lived up to.

I remember buying this game and taking it back to the shop because it wouldnt play after installing. Then I read here a day later it requires 'steam' to play. I could only laugh at my dumbness :)

Anarkii said,
I remember buying this game and taking it back to the shop because it wouldnt play after installing. Then I read here a day later it requires 'steam' to play. I could only laugh at my dumbness :)

how did you manage to install it without steam?

auriken said,
FAIL. I first they hook us with Portal, and now we're going to have to wait so long >_<
They hook us with Portal? What about HL2, Episode 1, Episode 2?

Who cares when Ep 3 comes out, it'll be awesome regardless if it comes out this year or 2011 or 2012. And I think it's becoming obvious they are setting up an "Orange Box 2" type of thing for Ep 3's release time. They are obviously working on Portal 2 and I wouldn't be surprised if they are either working on another unannounced title or CS2 etc to add to it.

Valve doesn't disappoint and until they do I won't get negative about them.

LOC said,
Who cares when Ep 3 comes out, it'll be awesome regardless if it comes out this year or 2011 or 2012. And I think it's becoming obvious they are setting up an "Orange Box 2" type of thing for Ep 3's release time. They are obviously working on Portal 2 and I wouldn't be surprised if they are either working on another unannounced title or CS2 etc to add to it.

Valve doesn't disappoint and until they do I won't get negative about them.

I agree 100%, just a shame having to wait that's all :(

LOC said,
Who cares when Ep 3 comes out, it'll be awesome regardless if it comes out this year or 2011 or 2012. And I think it's becoming obvious they are setting up an "Orange Box 2" type of thing for Ep 3's release time. They are obviously working on Portal 2 and I wouldn't be surprised if they are either working on another unannounced title or CS2 etc to add to it.

Valve doesn't disappoint and until they do I won't get negative about them.

they already did CS2 it called CS:S

Oh, come on! They've had more than enough time to figure out what they want to do with this, so what's the excuse this time? I think we're beyond the era of "when it's done". Look what happened to DNF! But alas, I'll probably buy it on the day of release anyway.

Ansuza said,
Oh, come on! They've had more than enough time to figure out what they want to do with this, so what's the excuse this time? I think we're beyond the era of "when it's done". Look what happened to DNF! But alas, I'll probably buy it on the day of release anyway.
My god, it's only been a little over 2 years. Comparisons to DNF are foolish at best.

Remember how much time HL2 took to come out.

Too bad... But whatever, I'll play it anyway as soon as it releases. And it's highly likely that I'll love it as well.

The only good thing this article will do is force Vavle to repond, not like Game Informer are known for quality journalism. That said, I won't be shocked if this is correct, disappointed, but not shocked.

Unbelievable. So much for this "episodic content" BS. We don't want you to re-invent the Source engine, Valve. We just want the story to HL2 finished.

It seems Valve has lost its focus, and it's really starting to annoy. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Their focus is making games, they're still making games, I fail to see what's changed.

They're taking too long at making the game? Well they're Valve, that's part of being Valve.

The_Decryptor said,
Their focus is making games, they're still making games, I fail to see what's changed.

They're taking too long at making the game? Well they're Valve, that's part of being Valve.

They pumped out L4D2 really fast, not sure why Ep3 is taking so long, or a new source engine. Were on Dx11 and i think the source engine is still Dx9?

Kinda saddens me, but then again there will be lots of other companies making games

Their focus for HL2 was to release episodes quicker than normal retail releases. It's already been 2 years since Episode 2, and now they're saying it's going to be at least 1 more year. It seems they've completely lost track of what they were trying to accomplish.

Neoauld said,

They pumped out L4D2 really fast, not sure why Ep3 is taking so long, or a new source engine. Were on Dx11 and i think the source engine is still Dx9?

Kinda saddens me, but then again there will be lots of other companies making games

Left 4 Dead 2 is built further from Left 4 Dead 1. There really isn't all too much of a difference. Valve consists out of more than 10 people. Not every person that works there was working on Left 4 Dead 2. There is a core team to work on that franchise as there is also a core team that works on Team Fortress 2 and other games. And then you have flying developers: they work where they are needed.

spacer said,
It seems Valve has lost its focus, and it's really starting to annoy. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Would you have said the same thing between HL1 and HL2? Took a long time, ended up with a damn good game.

Valve said after EP1 was released that they had pretty much failed at the episodic format, but that they were pretty much locked into it, it isn't a new thing.

Neoauld said,

They pumped out L4D2 really fast, not sure why Ep3 is taking so long, or a new source engine. Were on Dx11 and i think the source engine is still Dx9?
...

Source is a hybrid, it'll use DX10 features if the hardware has them, even though it only uses DX9.

Phacoid said,

Left 4 Dead 2 is built further from Left 4 Dead 1.


And we could say about the same thing for Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One and Half-Life 2: Episode Two. Mostly the same engine, different content.

spacer said,
Unbelievable. So much for this "episodic content" BS. I don't want you to re-invent the Source engine, Valve. I just want the story to HL2 finished.

The source engine needs an update, I hope they are using at least the same one used for their newer games.

Edited by Minimoose, Jan 19 2010, 5:26pm :

spacer said,
We don't want you to re-invent the Source engine, Valve. We just want the story to HL2 finished.

The Source engine is in serious need of an upgrade. It pales in comparison to the Unreal and Crysis engines. It limits the possibilities of HL as it is, it keeps HL stuck in the same limited scope as HL2. The type of geometry you can create, the detail of interaction, the cinematics quality, level size, etc. Just as importantly, how easy it is to work with. Part of the reason it takes so long to make HL episodes is because they work with this old engine instead of using modern dev tools, like visual scripting and WYSIWYG camera tools.

spacer said,
Their focus for HL2 was to release episodes quicker than normal retail releases. It's already been 2 years since Episode 2, and now they're saying it's going to be at least 1 more year. It seems they've completely lost track of what they were trying to accomplish.

You are right. They lost focus on the episodic thing. However, they may be making a new engine and that's why it is taking them too long.

Hopefully someday we all can see the end of the story. I loved the last episode.