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RIP Half-Life - an account from Valve

UPSLynxUPSLynx Top EA shill, The Dean of Computer GraphicsRedwood City, CA Icrontian

This is a brutal, difficult read, but its also nothing we didn't already know deep down. Game Informer gets an interview with a presumably ex-Valve dev, and gets real talk on what's going on with Half-Life within the company. Worth the read, even if speculative.

http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2017/01/11/searching-for-half-life-3.aspx

It's 2017. Orange Box and Half-LIfe 2 Episode 2 came out a decade ago. Half-Life 2 is 13 years old. Thirteen! Valve isn't a game developer anymore, and honestly, it's not surprising. The world has changed, the industry has changed, and why would they make a singleplayer FPS experience in 2017?

I gave up on Half-Life 3 many years ago. It is still one of my favorite franchises in gaming, and I'd still give just about anything to have the cliffhanger of a story hit a proper conclusion, but no matter how you shake it, this is the reality. Tonight I re-read 10 years worth of Half-Life related posts on Icrontic, all full of hopeful speculation and "it'll be announced soon I just know it!" kind of optimism, but man. When Beyond Good and Evil 2 has a better chance of being released than your game, you know things are rough.

I'm not sure if it's the Valve corporate culture, the modern gaming industry, both, or something else that killed off this franchise, but it is disappointing. There is a small chance that this source is truly unverified and everything in this article is false, but at this point I have my doubts. It's been too long, and Valve has changed too much.

And honestly? With how FPS games are these days, this is probably for the best. I can't imagine a world where I wouldn't be disappointed by Half-Life 3 at this point.

Gargoyletrooster89RyanMM

Comments

  • GnomeWizarddGnomeWizardd Member 4 Life Akron, PA Icrontian

    I would without a doubt Drop 60 on HL3 and thats from someone who only play 1 game once in a while

  • primesuspectprimesuspect Beepin n' Boopin Detroit, MI Icrontian
    edited 12 Jan

    Nothing about this article shocks me. The nostalgia window has closed. The teenagers who cared are all 30 now and have moved on.

    UPSLynx
  • UPSLynxUPSLynx Top EA shill, The Dean of Computer Graphics Redwood City, CA Icrontian

    I completely agree, @CB . I don't feel like I need a game at this point, but I truly care about the story and the characters. The setup at the end of Episode 2 was just... man. It kept me on the edge of my seat for YEARS.

    I'd read a script, or storyboards, or even just simple synopsis for the remainder of the games if it were available and I feel like that would satisfy me enough to finally put it all behind me.

  • RequitRequit That one guy Somewhere over there, I don't know Icrontian
    edited 12 Jan

    @UPSLynx said:

    I'd read a script, or storyboards, or even just simple synopsis for the remainder of the games if it were available and I feel like that would satisfy me enough to finally put it all behind me.

    From what the article said, though, there's nothing to actually release. If their development process is as wonky as the anonymous source said, then anyone at Valve could just say "yo Morgan Freemint is now totally into punching whales," start designing based on the idea, and that's that. I wouldn't be surprised if there's 30-someodd half baked HL3 story lines, each completely unrelated to or conflicting with each other.

  • AlexDeGruvenAlexDeGruven Not as tall as Bobby Tallbeer. Twilight Sparkle is overrated. Meechigan Icrontian

    They're waiting for the 4th Cloverfield movie.

    primesuspectCliff_Forster
  • Cliff_ForsterCliff_Forster Baltimore, MD Icrontian

    @AlexDeGruven said:
    They're waiting for the 4th Cloverfield movie.

    Exactly, Valve is looking to become a larger entertainment entity. No doubt in my Mind, Gordon Freeman will be back in some form or another.

  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut, Mumble Hivemind Drone Austin, TX Icrontian

    If the lady from the last Cloverfield movie drives into what's left of town, ends up at a warehouse, and meets a guy with a goatee named Gordon... I'm gonna shit.

    RyanMM
  • Cliff_ForsterCliff_Forster Baltimore, MD Icrontian

    @Thrax said:
    If the lady from the last Cloverfield movie drives into what's left of town, ends up at a warehouse, and meets a guy with a goatee named Gordon... I'm gonna shit.

    Like the good or bad kinda shit?

  • ardichokeardichoke Buttes Master B Lansing, MI Icrontian
    edited 13 Jan

    @primesuspect said:
    Nothing about this article shocks me. The nostalgia window has closed. The teenagers who cared are all 30 now and have moved on.

    I don't buy this argument... the nostalgia window hadn't closed when the Star Wars prequels came out, despite even more time going by (nevermind the fact that they were shit movies). Deus Ex came out in 2000, but Human Revolution in 2011 still sold amazingly well. There's no reason a well executed HL3 (or HL2:E3) couldn't do extremely well.

    That said, I don't think we'll ever see it, and that makes me so very sad. I'd preorder for sure, and probably shell out for whatever deluxe edition Valve put out. Half Life is an itch I need to scratch so bad. I hate the trend toward online focused experiences that everyone is pushing. I want story driven, single player games like Half Life to keep being a thing. I play games to escape from the world around me, not give PFYs another way to invade my life and call me GHEY.

    LincCliff_ForsterThraxRyanMM
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut, Mumble Hivemind Drone Austin, TX Icrontian
    edited 14 Jan

    @Cliff_Forster said:

    @Thrax said:
    If the lady from the last Cloverfield movie drives into what's left of town, ends up at a warehouse, and meets a guy with a goatee named Gordon... I'm gonna shit.

    Like the good or bad kinda shit?

    Good because, you know, holy dicks it's Freeman. But bad because I just shat my knickers at the odeon.

    Cliff_Forster
  • RyanMMRyanMM Ferndale, MI Icrontian

    UPSLynx
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