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Valve calls Half-Life 3 reports 'bogus'

Valve calls Half-Life 3 reports 'bogus'

The rumour that Half-Life 3 is on-track for a 2014 release have been rubbished by Valve, which describes claims to the contrary as 'bogus.'

Valve has broken its long-standing silence on the matter of the Half-Life series to debunk claims that Half-Life 3 would be due for release in late 2014.

Valve's Half-Life franchise is possibly the company's most iconic creation, arguably only behind the Steam digital distribution platform in terms of impact on the gaming world. The title was praised for its engaging storytelling - despite a mute lead character and the use of in-game exposition rather than immersion-destroying cutscenes to progress the plot. Its sequel, Half-Life 2, spawned the Source engine which has underpinned Valve's games since - along with a set of episodic semi-sequels, Half-Life 2: Episode 1 and Episode 2.

Since the release of Half-Life 2: Episode 2 in 2007, however, the franchise has gone worryingly quiet and the plot - revolving around the alien invasion unwittingly triggered by the player as Gordon Freeman back in the original Half-Life - left on a cliffhanger ending. Since Half-Life 2: Episode 2, Valve has released a total of eight games - only two of which, Portal and its sequel, arguably take place in the Half-Life universe but which do not continue the storyline of the original series.

Fans, as you might imagine, have been somewhat displeased by the six-year hiatus. Even the most scant of evidence - such as the posting of a supposed Half-Life 3 promotional T-shirt - is taken as evidence that the game is just over the horizon, and some gamers have even held digital sit-in protests in an attempt to get Valve to talk publicly on the subject.

So far, however, all efforts to push Valve into commenting on the franchise have been for naught - until a little-known WordPress blog dedicated to gaming, the somewhat distastefully titled No Shit Shurlock, claimed to have official confirmation that not only was Half-Life 3 in active production but that it would be released on PC and console platforms by the end of next year.

The confirmation, site founder Niels Bosch claimed, came from level designer John Guthrie. Speaking to the site, Guthrie is claimed to have stated outright that Half-Life 3 is in the works. 'I can’t confirm all too much since the development is still in early stages, but for now I can confirm that we are going to release [Half-Life 3] on both current and next generation consoles and we will also release the game on our own platform exclusively for Pc and Mac,' Guthrie is quoted as stating. 'We hope to have the first trailer ready for E3 2014, which we will finally come back to.'

All in all, exciting times for Half-Life 3 fans - and a major scoop for Bosch. That is, if the story were true. Sadly, it appear to be anything but the case - with Valve going so far as to break its long-standing silence to denounce the claims as absolute claptrap. Speaking to CVG, an unnamed spokesperson for the company had simply one thing to say about the site's story: 'Bogus.' Guthrie, meanwhile, could not be contacted for comment.

Fans of Half-Life, it seems, are going to be kept in suspense by Valve for a little longer yet.

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WarrenJ 29th July 2013, 11:11 Quote
I hope it's not going to be another Duke Nukem.
tristanperry 29th July 2013, 11:20 Quote
Well it's a positive step forward I guess. Would still love to see a 2014 release though.
Xploitedtitan 29th July 2013, 11:25 Quote
Duke Nukem was announced, but took decades to come out.

Valve never mentioned any HL3, or any other episodes for HL2.
steveo_mcg 29th July 2013, 11:28 Quote
2007! Bloody hell.
kenco_uk 29th July 2013, 11:43 Quote
Bogus - that's good, right?
adrock 29th July 2013, 12:30 Quote
depends, if being killed by a bad robot you who then breaks up with your girlfriend and tries to change the future by being the worst musician in the world, all while you try to beat God at a variety of household games until he relents and allows you to visit heaven, recruit an alien to build a good robot you, and transports you back to the present so that you can thwart an evil time travellers plans and win the battle of the bands sounds good, then yeah, sure.
mi1ez 29th July 2013, 13:03 Quote
Has adrock been at the cheesecake again?
sotu1 29th July 2013, 13:06 Quote
Great use of the word 'claptrap' in an actual sentence. I didn't realize it was an actual word until just now!
Blademrk 29th July 2013, 13:26 Quote
yep, not just an annoying sidekick in Borderlands, minion! :D
[USRF]Obiwan 29th July 2013, 13:26 Quote
Meanwhile I am literary getting gray hair of waiting for HL3 as the years pass by. A never ending cliffhanger from episode 2. The most disturbing fact is that Valve is not saying; "All Fans and lurkers of HL3 we officially announce that the Halflife episode two was the last and we are not going to make any other episodes or full game. period!"

Nooooohh! They not denying or confirming that they are developing anything for the HL universe.

My best guess: Valve is simply waiting for all people who have played Half Life are dying of old age.
Hamfunk 29th July 2013, 13:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by mi1ez
Has adrock been at the cheesecake again?

He's summarizing a particular bogus adventure by one Bill and one Ted.
Griffter 29th July 2013, 13:45 Quote
an unnamed spokesperson for the company???? if they gonna come out and say its fake, then why unnamed. this whole HL3 thing is just an inconsiderate move from valve;s part and i feel very disrespected becos of it. one of the first to buy the games on release and my thx is not getting to see the ending before my death!

a 12yr old will live to see the ending i and many many 30somethings made into what it is today.

thx again valve
mi1ez 29th July 2013, 13:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by Hamfunk
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Originally Posted by mi1ez
Has adrock been at the cheesecake again?

He's summarizing a particular bogus adventure by one Bill and one Ted.

How did I not see that?!
sotu1 29th July 2013, 13:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by mi1ez
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Originally Posted by Hamfunk
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Originally Posted by mi1ez
Has adrock been at the cheesecake again?

He's summarizing a particular bogus adventure by one Bill and one Ted.

How did I not see that?!

Just clicked in my head too....well played ;)
Griffter 29th July 2013, 13:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by Griffter
an unnamed spokesperson for the company???? if they gonna come out and say its fake, then why unnamed. this whole HL3 thing is just an inconsiderate move from valve;s part and i feel very disrespected becos of it. one of the first to buy the games on release and my thx is not getting to see the ending before my death!

a 12yr old will live to see the ending i and many many 30somethings made into what it is today.

thx again valve

typo: a 12yr old will live to see the ending and i and many many 30somethings that made the game vranchise into what it is today wont.
The_Crapman 29th July 2013, 16:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by adrock
depends, if being killed by a bad robot you who then breaks up with your girlfriend and tries to change the future by being the worst musician in the world, all while you try to beat God at a variety of household games until he relents and allows you to visit heaven, recruit an alien to build a good robot you, and transports you back to the present so that you can thwart an evil time travellers plans and win the battle of the bands sounds good, then yeah, sure.
Whilst i loved the reference, I'd just like to point out it's the grim reaper they play the games with, not god. Best 2 out of 3? ;)
Adnoctum 29th July 2013, 16:48 Quote
Guthrie quoted as saying
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Originally Posted by Article
I can’t confirm all too much since the development is still in early stages, but for now I can confirm . . .

YOU WHAT??? ". . . development still in early stages . . . " Was this quote made in 2008/2009? What the unholy f**k has Valve been doing for the last 6 years that HL3 is "still in early stages"?

Also, I like that Gareth only got to the actual news after three and a half paragraphs of HL3 development context.

The main reason that Duke Nukem Forever was so terrible was its age. Gaming had moved on past DNF and it didn't age at all well.
HL3 is risking the same thing. HL and HL2 are great games but they have aged as all games do, just with a bit of grace.

At this point I am no longer holding my breath for HL3, and I'm getting to the point that I don't much care. HL3 is no longer a sure pre-order.
bawjaws 29th July 2013, 16:52 Quote
I'm not sure there's any point in worrying whether HL3 will be behind the times when (if?) it finally arrives, given that we don't have confirmation as to whether it's even in development yet :D
Guinevere 29th July 2013, 18:17 Quote
Here's what I think has happened...

Valve being valve can be very flexible internally - people moving between teams - people changing roles etc. HL2 Ep3 and (probably) HL3 were all started years and years ago... long before we saw episode 2. But...

The projects floundered. The quality took a dive. People became disinterested. Those with sway moved the goalposts a few times. The project probably had lots of false starts etc.

But thankfully Valve isn't in the habit of releasing dross, or announcing things early to drum up support. They didn't want a Duke Nukem vapourware vibe to follow them around, much preferring the "Will they - or won't they" line.

Is something Half Life in development at the moment? Probably... to some degree...by a few people as a hobby probably... but I doubt we'll see a new game or episode being released any time soon.

:(
Gareth Halfacree 29th July 2013, 18:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by Adnoctum

Also, I like that Gareth only got to the actual news after three and a half paragraphs of HL3 development context.
You're welcome.
kenco_uk 30th July 2013, 01:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by The_Crapman
Whilst i loved the reference, I'd just like to point out it's the grim reaper they play the games with, not god. Best 2 out of 3? ;)

Best 7 out of 9? :)
r3loaded 30th July 2013, 08:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by WarrenJ
I hope it's not going to be another Duke Nukem.

Relevant
Also relevant
Bindibadgi 30th July 2013, 09:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by WarrenJ
I hope it's not going to be another Duke Nukem.

It's already another DNF!

The hype machine is off the scale, there's no way they could make something to satisfy people now.

Also I agree with that comic. The gaming industry and commentators are in self-destruction for a while now. There is no quarter between GOTY and not worth your money. It's a damn shame people can't just enjoy stuff.
mi1ez 30th July 2013, 09:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by kenco_uk
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Originally Posted by The_Crapman
Whilst i loved the reference, I'd just like to point out it's the grim reaper they play the games with, not god. Best 2 out of 3? ;)

Best 7 out of 9? :)
It would be best 5 of 9 or best 7 of 13...
D B 30th July 2013, 12:21 Quote
Sad sad sad
HL2 was the first game to pull me into gaming , the reason why I got a good graphics card, the reason I eagerly awaited each release
Now? I feel my loyalty and enthusiasm has been disrespected
bawjaws 30th July 2013, 12:37 Quote
Oh man, there are some people out there with seriously misplaced senses of entitlement!

Stuff like this:
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I feel my loyalty and enthusiasm has been disrespected
is absolute nonsense. No offence intended to the poster concerned here, but you need to have a word with yourself :D
azrael- 30th July 2013, 16:12 Quote
Would this be an awkward moment to admit that I've yet to play either Half-Life 2 Episode 1 or 2...? :)
Tangster 30th July 2013, 16:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by azrael-
Would this be an awkward moment to admit that I've yet to play either Half-Life 2 Episode 1 or 2...? :)

I tried them. Didn't see what the fuss was about, I thought they were both quite dull.
RedFlames 30th July 2013, 16:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by azrael-
Would this be an awkward moment to admit that I've yet to play either Half-Life 2 Episode 1 or 2...? :)

just how big is that rock you live under?

...says the guy who has still never played Doom
azrael- 30th July 2013, 16:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tangster
I tried them. Didn't see what the fuss was about, I thought they were both quite dull.
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Originally Posted by RedFlames
just how big is that rock you live under?

...says the guy who has still never played Doom
TBH, I love the Half-Life series. Some of my favourite games, probably right after the System Shock series (still the best I've ever played) and Deus Ex. It's just that, for different reasons, I only completed Half-Life 2 around the time Episode 2 came out and I decided to leave the episodes for a bit later. Some time passed and other games came out. Then some more time passed and everyone was crying for Episode 3 or even Half-Life 3. While I, on the other hand, still have two episodes to look forward to. Not something I planned, though.
fdbh96 30th July 2013, 17:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tangster
I tried them. Didn't see what the fuss was about, I thought they were both quite dull.

Exactly, I only starting gaming a few years back and about 18 months ago bought HL 1 and 2 in the steam sale and they were really quite boring. Then skyrim came out and thats all I played for months :D

They might have been good at the time but there are so many better games out now in my opinion.
Adnoctum 30th July 2013, 19:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by fdbh96
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Originally Posted by Tangster
I tried them. Didn't see what the fuss was about, I thought they were both quite dull.

Exactly, I only starting gaming a few years back and about 18 months ago bought HL 1 and 2 in the steam sale and they were really quite boring. Then skyrim came out and thats all I played for months :D

They might have been good at the time but there are so many better games out now in my opinion.

It is fine to have that opinion, so long as you also recognise that you are evaluating them from a position of hindsight. The games you consider to be better are better because of the direct influence HL and HL2 had on the games industry.
It is a truism that all advances are made by building on the work of those who came before, and HL and HL2 were enormously influential on games developers.
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Originally Posted by Issac Newton
If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.

You don't have to like HL and HL2, but it is important to objectively recognise their places in gaming history.
IamJudd 30th July 2013, 22:35 Quote
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kenco_uk 31st July 2013, 01:18 Quote
The end of ep2.... man, that was a videogaming moment that'll stay with me.

STRIIIIIDEEEERRR!
Elton 31st July 2013, 01:21 Quote
I really think that there never will be a Half Life 3.

Honestly, it's hit that point where it will NEVER reach our expectations. And to be honest, I'd never want to meet any sort of hero.

That said, this says a lot about the oddity that is the gamin industry. We want moar games. But we complain about annual sequels. We want moar quality but we complain about the wait for release.

It's not a binary situation, but a bit of patience would do and less banging on tables.
Bindibadgi 31st July 2013, 02:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by kenco_uk
The end of ep2.... man, that was a videogaming moment that'll stay with me.

STRIIIIIDEEEERRR!

EEEEEEEEEEEELAAAAIIIIIIIIIIIIII (or however it is)

Not sure why I'm spoilering a 7 year old ending.
steveo_mcg 31st July 2013, 09:15 Quote
I've not finished it....
WarrenJ 31st July 2013, 09:32 Quote
tried playing EP2 a few times, could never get into it. Will have to give it another go tonight or tomorrow when i get more time.
Omnituens 31st July 2013, 09:58 Quote
It's bogus to be released in 2014 because it's goning to be released in 2013

dun dun dun.
Stanley Tweedle 2nd October 2013, 14:20 Quote
I think it's pretty clear by now Valve has no interest in continuing Half Life. It's quite astonishing given the success of the company and the fact that HL was their greatest success. It does suggest that they're more interested in profit than creating for the love of creating or of making fans happy.
Corky42 2nd October 2013, 14:42 Quote
What other reason would you give for them trademarking the Half Life 3 name ?
Stanley Tweedle 2nd October 2013, 15:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by Corky42
What other reason would you give for them trademarking the Half Life 3 name ?

When was it Trademarked though? Recently or 25 years ago?
Corky42 2nd October 2013, 16:37 Quote
Sorry you've lost me (maybe im having a blonde day) :)
It was registered on the 29th
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