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Windows 7: Open letter to Valve on Half-Life series

05 Mar 2012   #21
AstaLaVista

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I wish they did but, if they do... I hope it won't be as sucky as Duke Forever!


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07 Mar 2012   #22
Skulblaka

Windows 8 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I don't mind the wait, to be honest, better to make the game incredible instead of just doing a bad one.

Also, imagine the hype of this UNANNOUNCED game that has already been generated. Just look at how much people want this game. Imagine the sales if the Half-Life series is resumed. Perhaps that is the point, hype? Perhaps Valve simply wants to do a good game. Perhaps they're planning something?

All that we can do is wait, guessing or asking Valve will not make them work faster. I'm certain Valve is not moved by the shouts of the public.
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07 Mar 2012   #23
Gornot

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Valve can't fail with HL2EP3. They just can't. It's like the latest Duke Nukem. By itself the game is pretty horrible, but it's DUKE NUKEM and we waited 15 YEARS for it to come out (some may remember my opinion stated here on SF about DNF being as good a game as Gearbox managed to make it etc.).

The next Half Life will sell nevertheless, even if solely on hype (just like the last 4-5 COD games, lol). But here's the thing - Valve wouldn't won't just make a crappy HL game. They never did allow it to happen! Even back in the HL1 days, when Gearbox developed the expansions and Sierra published them, those expansions were EPIC awesomeness. Yes, even the Half Life: Decay... you know, that PS2 exclusive that got an unofficial PC port in 2007 or 2008 or whatevs.


... trying to remember exactly which year that was, I did a search on Wikipedia and I just remembered that Portal 1 and 2 are listed as a part of the Half-Life franchise. Since my mind is being random again and I'm starting to kick into an ADD induced fantasizing mode (lol xD), I'm starting to think that HL2EP3 (and, perhaps, HL3 possibly in the years to come) is still a long way - and I mean that as just part of a huge franchise. If you think about it, the two Portal games concentrate on an entirely different storyline, but the setting being within Aperture Science labs (which HL fanboys remember is the biggest rival to Black Mesa; like Apple is to MS) shows, perhaps, a third side to the well known "factions" in the franchise. Aperture Science, as a factor in the series, only had two games so far, and perhaps little to tell, but I have a feeling that the whole Portal thing is just the beginning for something UBER major in the next HL games.

And if that's the case, I can't really blame Valve for making other games like Left 4 Dead. I mean, it's somewhat similar to the Gearbox/Sierra period. Gearbox developed the expansions to the original HL while Valve concentrated on HL2. Now Valve is now a much, MUCH larger company than it used to be (and I'm not just talking about Steam), so it's not really surprising the next game is taking so long to develop. L4D and even Portal 2 perhaps had a different dev team that did the long work while someone else concentrated on creating the story, gameplay, features etc. for HL2EP3. EP1 and 2 were pure treats, but the (only) bad side to them was their length - those episodes were (somewhat) short; it didn't dumb down people's excitement and praise towards Valve, but it DID, I assume, affect today's development.

Considering that EP2 was released in 2007, the period between that and EP3 is getting closer to the time period between the initial HL1 and HL2.
We have a long year ahead of us, and even if Valve decides to just make a Portal 3 instead of continuing HL, something tells me that there just might be some (HL storyline driven) hints in it, which wouldn't really be that bad, now, would it? Worst case scenario, we get nothing. Otherwise, even a Portal 3 would be just as entertaining as the continuation of HL.

Our problem is that we're just not patient enough, and it gets under our skin; and then people make petitions and initiatives and stuff like that. Personally, I have nothing to worry about, as long as the development DOES continue on. I'm ready to wait for as long as it takes, despite my impatience, because I know that I, like many others, WILL be blown away.
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08 Mar 2012   #24
vierasniper

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gornot View Post
Valve can't fail with HL2EP3. They just can't. It's like the latest Duke Nukem. By itself the game is pretty horrible, but it's DUKE NUKEM and we waited 15 YEARS for it to come out (some may remember my opinion stated here on SF about DNF being as good a game as Gearbox managed to make it etc.).

The next Half Life will sell nevertheless, even if solely on hype (just like the last 4-5 COD games, lol). But here's the thing - Valve wouldn't won't just make a crappy HL game. They never did allow it to happen! Even back in the HL1 days, when Gearbox developed the expansions and Sierra published them, those expansions were EPIC awesomeness. Yes, even the Half Life: Decay... you know, that PS2 exclusive that got an unofficial PC port in 2007 or 2008 or whatevs.


... trying to remember exactly which year that was, I did a search on Wikipedia and I just remembered that Portal 1 and 2 are listed as a part of the Half-Life franchise. Since my mind is being random again and I'm starting to kick into an ADD induced fantasizing mode (lol xD), I'm starting to think that HL2EP3 (and, perhaps, HL3 possibly in the years to come) is still a long way - and I mean that as just part of a huge franchise. If you think about it, the two Portal games concentrate on an entirely different storyline, but the setting being within Aperture Science labs (which HL fanboys remember is the biggest rival to Black Mesa; like Apple is to MS) shows, perhaps, a third side to the well known "factions" in the franchise. Aperture Science, as a factor in the series, only had two games so far, and perhaps little to tell, but I have a feeling that the whole Portal thing is just the beginning for something UBER major in the next HL games.

And if that's the case, I can't really blame Valve for making other games like Left 4 Dead. I mean, it's somewhat similar to the Gearbox/Sierra period. Gearbox developed the expansions to the original HL while Valve concentrated on HL2. Now Valve is now a much, MUCH larger company than it used to be (and I'm not just talking about Steam), so it's not really surprising the next game is taking so long to develop. L4D and even Portal 2 perhaps had a different dev team that did the long work while someone else concentrated on creating the story, gameplay, features etc. for HL2EP3. EP1 and 2 were pure treats, but the (only) bad side to them was their length - those episodes were (somewhat) short; it didn't dumb down people's excitement and praise towards Valve, but it DID, I assume, affect today's development.

Considering that EP2 was released in 2007, the period between that and EP3 is getting closer to the time period between the initial HL1 and HL2.
We have a long year ahead of us, and even if Valve decides to just make a Portal 3 instead of continuing HL, something tells me that there just might be some (HL storyline driven) hints in it, which wouldn't really be that bad, now, would it? Worst case scenario, we get nothing. Otherwise, even a Portal 3 would be just as entertaining as the continuation of HL.

Our problem is that we're just not patient enough, and it gets under our skin; and then people make petitions and initiatives and stuff like that. Personally, I have nothing to worry about, as long as the development DOES continue on. I'm ready to wait for as long as it takes, despite my impatience, because I know that I, like many others, WILL be blown away.
Whoa! A whole Black Mesa VS Aperture Science Deal? From your mouth to Gabe's ear. Also good point, i hope that's why its taking so long.
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08 Mar 2012   #25
Gornot

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

HL1 = 1998
HL2 = 2004

that's six years

HL2EP2 = 2007
HL2EP3 = ?

Tthe earliest date I can think of is the 2012 Christmas holidays period or something like that.


And YES, Black Mesa VS. Aperture Science! Why the hell not
Aperture has portal guns, Black Mesa has gravity guns. Dare I think it may sound like an interesting multiplayer mode?
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08 Mar 2012   #26
Skulblaka

Windows 8 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Hm, HL3 to link Portal with HL? That'd be most... intriguing.
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08 Mar 2012   #27
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

i've recently read rumours around the net that valve may be releasing a new hardware console (or mini-gaming-PC), and they are waiting for it to be ready so they can launch it with HL3. also i've read that there won't be an episode 3, but instead will be HL3.

valve have yet to make an official statement.
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08 Mar 2012   #28
sjc1138

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1 / Ubuntu 12.10 64-bit
 
 

This thread inspired me to find HL2 again
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08 Mar 2012   #29
Skulblaka

Windows 8 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
i've recently read rumours around the net that valve may be releasing a new hardware console (or mini-gaming-PC), and they are waiting for it to be ready so they can launch it with HL3. also i've read that there won't be an episode 3, but instead will be HL3.

valve have yet to make an official statement.
"Steam Box..." I've heard about it too. Here you go.
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08 Mar 2012   #30
mickey megabyte

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