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Newell On Half-Life 3: Don't Want To Excite The Fans Too Early

Gabe Newell is always worth talking to.

And in a new Penny Arcade interview, the Valve boss talks about his reluctance to fire up all the die-hard Half-Life followers by talking about the third installment too early.

"Part of the reason that we backed off talking so much about what was happening in the future is that when we’ve done that in the past, you know, with Half-Life 1 it was a year after we originally said it would be, Half-Life 2 basically if you go and read the forum posts apparently took us 50 or 60 years to get done, so we’re trying to be careful not to get people too excited and then have to go and disappoint them. So we’re sort of reacting in the other direction and saying, ‘okay, well let’s have things a little more baked before we start getting people all excited about it.’

Keeping fans in the dark may seem like the wrong move, and Newell recognizes that keeping Half-Life 3 under wraps might prove annoying. At the same time, he says it's frustrating for his team to have to put the fans in that situation. It's a difficult situation but obviously, but Valve is toiling away, so have patience. Newell adds that if anyone has a way to cram more work hours into a day, feel free to let him know.

Bottom line? He'll talk about it when he's ready.

"I get a ton of email every day saying why aren’t you talking about Episode 3? And there are very good reasons why we’re not talking about Episode 3, which I can’t talk about yet, but I will."

Tags: half-life 3, half-life episode 3, valve, gabe newell

2/20/2012 8:49:03 PM Ben Dutka

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Monday, February 20, 2012 @ 9:25:10 PM

Lmao guy has a good sense of humor, half life 3 has been in development for like 70 years though, non the less can't wait for my all time favorite video game series to return :)

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Monday, February 20, 2012 @ 9:25:19 PM

Hmmmm... Perhaps I should actually finish this Half Life 2 game people seem to like. I played the first hour of it, then was distracted by Portal, new PS3 games and getting my Wii.

Too many great games, not enough time or money.

Sorry developers, but I can't support you all. I'm afraid this little Aussie gamer has to stick with the big ones like Batman, Skyrim, Uncharted, GTA, Red Dead, Metal Gear Solid (Rising doesn't interest me) and Assassin's Creed. No, Call of Duty doesn't make my list until they create a new engine and a campaign longer than 5 hours. I'm not much of a multiplayer person anyway.

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Monday, February 20, 2012 @ 10:37:18 PM

Half-Life2 is one the greatest gaming experiences I've had.

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Monday, February 20, 2012 @ 11:29:25 PM

^ THIS!!!

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 @ 6:45:02 PM

Your Wii is more important than Half-Life 2?

I am ashamed to be an Aussie gamer......

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 @ 2:01:57 AM

I loved Half Life 2. Not only because it is the best looking game my crappy laptop can run, but also because it's just a really awesome game in general.

Unfortunately I'm afraid that my laptop will not run episode three, but that's okay with me, as long as they make a PS3 version that's as good as Portal 2.

And I'm really sure it will be the greatest shooter experience we've ever come across. We'll only have to wait a bit longer for it.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 @ 2:10:31 AM

thats fine and dandy, this is exactly why you dont announce a game so early!
however they have, half life 2 episode 3 has been announced, quite a freaking while ago, so hes doing exactly what he does not want to!
at least they could confirm if the next half life game will be epp 3 or a sequel.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 @ 2:36:58 AM

It would be pretty neat to log in to PSXExtreme one day and find out Half Life 3 is coming out in a week :)

I'm ok with them keeping it Half-Life 3 under wraps:)

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 @ 2:58:15 AM


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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 @ 3:26:47 AM

Just make the freaking game,already!!!

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012 @ 8:19:20 PM

As long as it don t get pushed back about a year later like happened with half life 2 near the day it s supposed to launch , i ll be happy .

HL2 was just not impressive at the time it finally got released , at least not as fun as it could have been if released when it was supposed to before the " game code got leaked " excuse .

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Friday, February 24, 2012 @ 4:49:20 AM

No fat jokes after two full days?

I guess PlayStation gamers *have* forgiven Gabe.

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