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Will Half-Life 3 be shown at GamesCom 2012?

Will Half-Life 3 be shown at GamesCom 2012?

An apparent list of exhibitors implies GamesCom 2012 will see HL3 unveiled. Hm.

GamesCom 2012: The day before GamesCom 2012 is due to kick-off in earnest, a list of all exhibitors at the show on the official GamesCom website has suggested Valve is about to announce Half-Life 3.

The list, which is translated from German via NeoGaf, also reveals that Dragon Age 3 will be announced at the show.

While the report seems officious enough to start with given that it's appeared on the official website of the event however, closer inspection is still warranted - which is a nice way of saying that we don't think HL3 will make an appearance.

For starters, the exact translation of the document reveals that these are only expected announcements and have not been confirmed with the organisers of the event.

The sources for the information are also unclear, with a line in the document saying that sources for the information include unnamed internet forums - and that GamesCom takes no responsibility for the correctness of the information. Despite putting it on the official website the day before the event.

Finally, with Valve about to release Counter-Strike: Global Offensive after the event, the timing seems unlikely. We'd previously contacted Valve to see if it was possible to arrange a meeting at the show and had been told that the team is categorically not showing anything at the show.

So, short answer: No.

Let us know your thoughts in the forums and stay tuned for more GamesCom news.

Update: Eurogamer has confirmed that the presence of both Dragon Age 3 and Half-Life 3 on the list is 'a mistake'.

Told you.

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steveo_mcg 14th August 2012, 13:15 Quote
Noooo, got all excited in a dyslexic moment and put will too far into the sentence :(
Blazza181 14th August 2012, 13:18 Quote
Mankz 14th August 2012, 13:19 Quote
Damn you misleading front page.. damn you to hell...
liratheal 14th August 2012, 15:07 Quote
You've just reminded me how many gamers will be weeping softly into their keyboards over this.

It's.. Kind of amusing.
greypilgers 14th August 2012, 15:31 Quote
Am I the only person that thinks Half Life 3 can never be released now - as no matter what, it could never justify the years of build up?
aramil 14th August 2012, 15:37 Quote
You mean never live up to the expectation......



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steveo_mcg 14th August 2012, 15:39 Quote
HL2 managed it under even more extreme circumstances, HL3 is going to have to be epic though.
greypilgers 14th August 2012, 15:49 Quote
After all the - to be fair, mostly community-generated - hype, HL3 would literally need to make me sh*t my pants in order to not be seen as a teensy bit of a let down.

:D
fargo 14th August 2012, 15:57 Quote
I think valve is taking its sweet a$$ time with halflife 3 because they know when it is released it will be a
whopper of a pay day for them so much antisipation !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
faugusztin 14th August 2012, 16:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by steveo_mcg
HL2 managed it under even more extreme circumstances, HL3 is going to have to be epic though.

Nope.
HL1 - 1998, HL2 - 2004, that is 6 years. HL2E1 - 2006, that is 2 years. HL2E2 - 2007, that is 1 year. HL2E3/HL3 - we are already at 2012, that is 5 years since HL2E2 and 8 years since HL2. And that is not counting HL1 stuff like Opposing Force and Blue Shift - with those released in 1999 and 2001, we are already at longest wait in a series by 2 years more than between HL:Blue Shift and HL2.
ripmax 14th August 2012, 16:06 Quote
Valve have stated they are not going to be announcing any games, they will only be there to talk to other developers.
Blademrk 14th August 2012, 16:37 Quote
I was just at the RSS feed that came up on my pc

http://forums.bit-tech.net/picture.php?albumid=172&pictureid=28896

Capcom announce "Will Half-Life 3 be sh..." Is this a foreboding sign
Anakha 14th August 2012, 19:09 Quote
It's quite simple really. There will NEVER be a "Half-Life 3", because Valve doesn't know how to count that high. So the next game in the Half-Life series will (eventually) be: "Half-Life 2: Episode 2: Part 2".
Anfield 14th August 2012, 20:30 Quote
half life 3 will just be known as hat store 2.
Star*Dagger 15th August 2012, 18:27 Quote
I just want them to dump the dreadful Source engine for something that is actually DX11 compatible.
Beasteh 15th August 2012, 18:52 Quote
Quote:
Will Half-Life 3 be shown at GamesCom 2012?

No. I'm not sure which will happen first - Half-Life 3 is released, or the heat death of the universe.
AlexZieba 17th August 2012, 01:41 Quote
I doubt it will be announced at this point. I actually think Valve's fears of Windows 8 and porting Steaming to Linux might have something to do with the delay.

http://youtu.be/RPFgSRs4LLM

Still they got Left 4 Dead 2 to run faster on Linux than on Windows so their gamble is not totally dead in the water. Although Linux would definitely need better drivers, and a replacement for DirectX
steveo_mcg 17th August 2012, 10:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by faugusztin
Nope.
HL1 - 1998, HL2 - 2004, that is 6 years. HL2E1 - 2006, that is 2 years. HL2E2 - 2007, that is 1 year. HL2E3/HL3 - we are already at 2012, that is 5 years since HL2E2 and 8 years since HL2. And that is not counting HL1 stuff like Opposing Force and Blue Shift - with those released in 1999 and 2001, we are already at longest wait in a series by 2 years more than between HL:Blue Shift and HL2.

True but HL2 was almost released then there was the leak etc... Time isn't the only factor. But I didn't realise I had been that long since Hl2Ep2. I never finished it didn't want to be left on a cliff hanger for years and years, looks like that has been vindicated.
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