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post #11 of 186
Interesting.

I bet Valve is going to communicate better, but in fact I think they are not going to do things much differently than what they have scheduled. The past few years have been busy: when they released Episode 2 in 2007, Crysis also came out, they probably thought and rightfully so, that a proper story ending needed more than just an episode, and should look much better than Episode 2, which, while good, was showing it's age against Crysis. They wanted to make an impact just he way they did with Half-Life 2. And let's not forget, it took Valve 6 years since Half-Life to produce Half-Life 2. Were not there yet since Episode 2, but we are close.

So they decided to expand their horizons by making different kinds of games, and they succeeded in that; they also expanded into the Mac, porting the Source engine to render in OpenGL in the process, going into consoles, and making Steam more robust for the future. Now they have Dota 2 practically finished (it's still in Beta and it's already in the top 10 of most played games on Steam), an Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is also almost ready. After these two launches in the coming weeks or first few months of the year, Valve is free in terms of PR to start talking about the Half-Life series, which I'm sure they have been working on all these years, along with a much improved Source engine with DX11 functionality.

So, all in all, this fits the schedule more or less perfectly.
Edited by tpi2007 - 1/17/12 at 11:17am
 
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It's funny how people describing themselves as fans think Valve owes them something. Valve doesn't owe any of you anything. They don't have to make another Half-Life game. They don't have to do anything, it's like little kids screaming in the backseat and now they decided to say please and thank you to Mommy and Daddy in hopes they will get their way. It's quite comical.
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Good initiative. Although I'm still excited about E3 - I hope they catch me by surprise this year. tongue.gif

inb4 "Valve Time".
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Valve is being mysterious! Perhaps they are building a real Aperture lab somewhere this is why no one has leak any news about HL. All scientist (programmer are all trapped).

 
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Wonder if Valve will reply. I would like to see some HL2:E3 or HL3 news....
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If there will never be another Half-Life, will their customers still be so enamored with Valve? Will they still be a PC first game developer? Will Steam lose some of it's luster?
I think they will still drag this out to keep their customers buying games for the foreseeable future.
Why would someone buy games from a company in hopes they'll release a game that the company has remained quiet about? Sounds stupid. Also stupid to not buy just because they wanna end the series. Also also stupid to end the series. tongue.gif
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Quote:
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Valve doesn't need to release a continuation/conclusion of HL to maintain its fanbase--I wonder if they realized that they've waited too long to pick up the story again, and that any sort of continuation/conclusion would fall onto a relatively small fanbase that actually played the series.

Although not a direct comparison, look at what happened when Fallout 3 got released -- tons of FO3 and F:NV players probably never even heard of the series before 2008. If anybody can pull off a reboot, I'm betting Valve is a good candidate.
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Although not a direct comparison, look at what happened when Fallout 3 got released -- tons of FO3 and F:NV players probably never even heard of the series before 2008. If anybody can pull off a reboot, I'm betting Valve is a good candidate.

The did it with Half-Life 2, six years after Half-Life, why shouldn't they be able to do it again when it's still only been less than 5 years since Episode 2 ?

Some people saying that it's too late, blah,blah, blah, don't know what they are talking about. In fact, they come here knowing what the Half-Life series is, so they are not really the best examples of people who don't know the games either LOL.
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Joined!..

..but I doubt it will do any good.
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Although not a direct comparison, look at what happened when Fallout 3 got released -- tons of FO3 and F:NV players probably never even heard of the series before 2008. If anybody can pull off a reboot, I'm betting Valve is a good candidate.

I am sure people will play the game--even people who didn't "grow up with" the HL series. But the question is whether that risk makes business sense for valve vs. pushing ahead with their current continuing/new game franchises.
    
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