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No Half-Life 3 for E3 2014, Says Valve

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Valve has nuked a rumor that Half-Life 3 will make an appearance at E3 2013.

Valve Software stepped out of the shadows on Friday to deny a report posted by gaming blog NSS which supposedly quoted an email from Valve developer John Guthrie. He allegedly said that Valve plans to return to E3 next year, and possibly with the first-ever Half-Life 3 trailer and a playable demo for attendees in hand.

"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 on both current and next generation consoles, and we will also release the game on our own platform exclusively for PC and Mac," he supposedly wrote. "We hope to have the first trailer ready for E3 2014, which we (after several times not attending) will finally come back to."

The report said that Valve decided not to develop a third episode for Half-Life 2 because the story will vary somewhat from the original (although many of the main characters will remain). Valve also supposedly decided to move on with Half-Life 3 instead because of an improved game engine, new game mechanics, and the next-generation consoles. It will also be merely a single-player game: no co-op or multiplayer components.

Guthrie has been at Valve since 1997 at the earliest, and has worked on the original Half-Life, Half-Life 2, the two Episodes, Opposing Force and Blueshift, and a number of other non-Half-Life titles. That said, if Half-Life 3 were to be on Valve's radar, he would know all about it. Perhaps this is why the NSS report resonated in social networks and public forums the way it did -- because the news seemingly came from Gordon Freeman himself.

But Valve is calling the report "bogus," and only responded because of how quickly the story had spread. As it stands now, it's been five and a half years since the release of Half-Life 2 Episode 2: the next Episode or a full-blown third Half-Life chapter seems more like vaporware at this point, Duke Nukem Forever-style. There have been indirect hints and teases over the years, but nothing actually confirming that either game is actually in development.

Back in September, there was talk that Half-Life 3 would have RPG and open-world elements, seemingly backing up the new comment about "new gameplay elements." The studio hinted to the game back in April 2012 as well, and one employee was supposedly caught on film wearing a Half-Life 3 T-shirt. Seriously, you can't throw bones like that at gamers without them wanting a little meat in the process. The NSS report just proves how bad fans are itching for a new Half-Life title.

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    ctsvette , July 28, 2013 10:42 AM
    "eklipz330: all you people love half-life because of the sense of nostalgia. it was an EXCELLENT game at the time. if you played it then, you could still play it now and enjoy the hell out of it. but by today's standards, it is a BORE-FEST. it is TOO slow paced. the story might be amazing but the gameplay has not aged well.

    valve realizes this and is probably why hl3 is being held off indefinetely. at this point, i can care less"

    Not everyone is a 12 year-old on a sugar rush-gamers who think Half-Life 2 was slow can go play Call of Duty.
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    back_by_demand , July 28, 2013 8:39 AM
    Half Life Forever
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    Cryio , July 28, 2013 7:20 AM
    I hate this new comment section >_>
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    razor512 , July 28, 2013 7:17 AM
    Why does valve always have to be so lazy when it comes to HL3?

    Also why are they scared of the number 3?

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    Cryio , July 28, 2013 7:18 AM
    You my friend, have no taste in video games. You should stop any kinds of shooters.

    On the other hand though, let's say on average 2 out of 7 friends of mine have wanted to play Half-Life 2. And that is really really odd
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    Cryio , July 28, 2013 7:20 AM
    You my friend, have no taste in video games. You should stop any kinds of shooters.

    On the other hand though, let's say on average 2 out of 7 friends of mine have wanted to play Half-Life 2. And that is really really odd
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    Cryio , July 28, 2013 7:20 AM
    I hate this new comment section >_>
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    NiPPonD3nZ0 , July 28, 2013 7:38 AM
    Please VALVe ... get on with it allready... HL is my favourite game series of all times...
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    Ninjamonkeh , July 28, 2013 8:27 AM
    I loved half-life but at this point im not sure if ill buy valve games again, I dislike waiting this long just to see how a story goes. Dont make it episodic if you dont feel like getting around to finishing the story.
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    back_by_demand , July 28, 2013 8:39 AM
    Half Life Forever
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    Azn Cracker , July 28, 2013 8:54 AM
    Half life 3 mentioned in this article. Half Life 3 confirmed.
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    bustapr , July 28, 2013 9:38 AM
    and here I was with a little glimmer of hope that next years e3 would be the one. oh well. I love the HL series and cant wait for 3, but Ill have to agree with ninja. not sure if Ill be able to buy-in to another valve game that promises a story and more than 1 game(at least not until the story is finished).

    with all that said, I want valve to continue taking their time on this game so as to make it perfect at release. only thing worse than waiting 10 years for a game is for said game to be underwhelming(Im looking at you duke nukem). I have no doubt that valve will get this game right. but while valve has their half life team working on this game, I wouldnt mind a new IP from the studio as well. valve games have the knack of being better than the rest in their genre(half life in fps, tf2 and CS in multiplayer, L4D in coop, portal in puzzle), I cant wait to see whats next.
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    back_by_demand , July 28, 2013 10:02 AM
    Rajangel, they are not a dishonest company, you are doing things which are against their TOS and wether you agree with it or not it exists because those things can be used for illegal purposes, namely circumventing the game security. Don't like it, tough, Apple, MS, Origin, Sony, Nintendo, Google and anyone else have TOS elements to stop people circumventing security. If you are an honest gamer why are you using VPNs and encrypting traffic?
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    bumnut53 , July 28, 2013 10:36 AM
    If its coming out on current consoles chances are it will be just be a mediocre shooter :( 
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    ctsvette , July 28, 2013 10:42 AM
    "eklipz330: all you people love half-life because of the sense of nostalgia. it was an EXCELLENT game at the time. if you played it then, you could still play it now and enjoy the hell out of it. but by today's standards, it is a BORE-FEST. it is TOO slow paced. the story might be amazing but the gameplay has not aged well.

    valve realizes this and is probably why hl3 is being held off indefinetely. at this point, i can care less"

    Not everyone is a 12 year-old on a sugar rush-gamers who think Half-Life 2 was slow can go play Call of Duty.
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    clonazepam , July 28, 2013 11:41 AM
    Like someone else said, there's an article about HL3 not appearing in any shape or form in 2014, which pretty much tells me that HL3 will be appearing in some shape or form in 2014.

    I enjoyed HL and HL2. My main comp still has HL2 and its episodes installed, just in case one day I do decide to finish Ep 2. In all likelihood, I never will, but I might.

    I'm not excited about HL3. The landscape has changed so much. If and when it comes, it being available for consoles, doesn't effect my interest in the PC version either positively or negatively. I can't yet imagine what truly new elements could be added to the series to make it a stand-out.

    It could end up being open-world, with "shadow of the colossus" boss fights, tomb raider dungeon like levels with puzzles, scripted events like "God of War", press this button now omgz or u die, one button press instant kills while sneaking, oh yeah, splinter cell type stealth missions, and AI controlled companions that either aid you in battle, or must be escorted to safety... Hmmm...

    I hope HL3 brings brand new tech that wows the eye, living, breathing environments, and a new level of quality to enemy artificial intelligence. Let's hope if I can see an enemy, it can see me too and reacts accordingly lol.

    The hopes and expectations for a HL3 might be too high, and leave the developers second-guessing their decisions throughout the entire development.
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    SirTrollsALot , July 28, 2013 11:49 AM
    Let HL3 go, get over it, HL is Grampa's game. And sorry Grampa can't seem to make it to the toilet on his own let alone comprehend his existence anymore. Stop asking Valve for recycled crap and let them concentrate on fixing and or making Steam better as well make it easier for better games to be published!
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    10tacle , July 28, 2013 12:07 PM
    @Troll: well at least you live up to your screen name. As someone else pointed out here, not everyone is into you short-attention-span Mountain-Dew chugging never-had-a-girlfriend zit-faced COD type games where the brain is a terrible waste to use.
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    SirTrollsALot , July 28, 2013 12:11 PM
    @10tacle FEED ME MORE!!!! :p 
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    SirTrollsALot , July 28, 2013 12:18 PM
    @10tacle FEED ME MORE!!!! :p 
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