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Half-Life 3 May Be Delayed Over Mo-Cap Tech

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John Patrick Lowrie, the actor who has worked on Half-Life 2, Left 4 Dead 2 and DOTA 2, claimed on his blog that Valve isn't even working on Half-Life 3. Of course, he could be full of it, trying to derail fans who have been waiting for the sequel for years. Or he could be telling the truth given that he communicates with the team of a regular basis. Or he may be just as clueless about what's going on with the game as we are.

On Wednesday, Lowrie said on his website that, as far as he knew, Valve wasn't directly working on Half-Life 3. This is because of several reasons, one of which is a motion-capture issue Valve wants to tackle. He explained that Half-Life 2 didn't use motion-capture, so the team was able to create non-player characters that look directly at the gamer no matter where they go and stand. Currently you can't get that kind of one-on-one interaction using motion-capture in games.

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"With mo-cap you can’t do that, at least not yet," he said. "Once you film the actor doing something and capture that motion, that’s what the character is going to do. This works great in movies, but when you make something interactive it gets way less interactive with mo-cap. So that’s one of the things they’re working on. Still nothing definitive, but I hope this helps you understand at least one of the reasons why they haven’t brought out HL3 yet."

He went on to say that Valve doesn't provide him information about their business plans – the information was derived from a conversation. "Right now they’re pretty full up with all the games they already have out there that they continue to support, plus the Steam stuff that they do, so, I don’t want to get people’s hopes up," he said. "I have no idea what they’re planning for the future. But I did have that conversation with some Valve folks, so I thought you might like to know what they’re thinking about."

There were more comments, but they rehashed what was already said about the motion-capture tech. All that Half-Life 3 talk is now gone, supposedly removed due to confusion. It is a bit of a confusing mess because he first says it's not in production, then says it hasn't been brought out yet due to several reasons, one of which is getting the motion-capture tech right. Honestly it sounds like Valve is working on a new engine -- which powers Half-Life 3 -- that tackles the issue.

"My comments just seemed to cause a whole bunch of confusion and when I tried to minimize the confusion I misspoke and caused a whole bunch more confusion," he said at the bottom of his blog entry. "So I thought it was best just to take the comments down."

He also admitted that voice actors are the last to know anything, but we're betting his guesswork generated a lot of clicks on his blog.

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    rmpumper , August 16, 2013 3:04 AM
    How can something unannounced and without a release date be delayed? Stop posting BS articles.
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    boju , August 16, 2013 3:15 AM
    Pretty sure this guy here started the conversation. Anyone interested can go here
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    Parsian , August 16, 2013 4:13 AM
    In the past, the first game that actually featured Source was Counter Strike Source. Half Life 2 came out after CS: Source. Base on the recent DOTA 2 fan's photography of the Valve's computer log, we knew Source 2 and L4D3 are in progress which could mean, the first Source 2 game will be L4D3. I am fairly certain Valve is working on HL3 and I am betting the game will be much larger, perhaps more like an RPG since HL2 format is no longer sufficient and generally, HL2 is very rich that can support RPG.
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    g00fysmiley , August 16, 2013 4:41 AM
    valve is like the new blizzard now that the blizzard we knew and loved got its soul bought out by blizzard, they take forever to release titles, but they have yet to release anything tha tisn't good
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    zooted , August 16, 2013 5:54 AM
    mo' cap mo' problems.
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    sstym , August 16, 2013 7:38 AM
    "Half-Life 3 May be Delayed"
    That's pretty rich.
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    sstym , August 16, 2013 7:41 AM
    "Half-Life 3 May be Delayed"
    That's pretty rich.
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    sstym , August 16, 2013 7:54 AM
    "Half-Life 3 May be Delayed"
    That's pretty rich.
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    master9716 , August 16, 2013 8:12 AM
    Half life 1 was about the graphics for me back then , the game itself was like doom , Unless they make it like farcry 3 and really change the way the game acts then I dont think anyone really wants it. Make Portal 3 Instead , Thats a real game.
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    irish_adam , August 16, 2013 9:58 AM
    g00fysmiley how are valve anything like blizzard? they are about as anti-blizzard as any AAA gaming company can be.

    They waited a stupidly long time before they released half-life 2 and has to be one of the only games to actually be as good as the hype behind it after such a long development.

    Half life isnt about the graphics for me at all, it has great story lines and never takes itself too seriously, theres always some good humour in there and just genuinly a pleasure to play.
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    g-unit1111 , August 16, 2013 2:05 PM
    Is Half Life 3 the new Duke Nukem Forever?
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    tinmann , August 16, 2013 4:27 PM
    Already with the excuses.
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    razor512 , August 16, 2013 6:57 PM
    Or half life 3 was delayed due to an irrational fear of the number 3.

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    10tacle , August 16, 2013 9:54 PM
    HL3 isn't going to happen any more than any of us have a shot at dating the next SI Swimsuit Edition cover model. Let's just acknowledge it and move on for God's sake. As much as I want it. Stop wasting time and internet bandwidth on speculation BS.
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    Icecweam7 , August 17, 2013 1:42 AM
    When its ready Valve will share, however, we may all have grand children by the time anything official gets released. In the meantime I'll have lots of fun playing other games that are out now.
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    jkflipflop98 , August 17, 2013 9:06 AM
    And here I was unaware that games that aren't announced or have release dates can be delayed.
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    computertech82 , August 17, 2013 2:30 PM
    I gave up on hl3 a long time ago. I have moved on.
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    thenewnumber2 , August 17, 2013 10:14 PM
    I agree with you, computertech82. The arrival of HL3 will be anticlimatic at this point. My anticipation for the game has long ago run out of "Steam" (Valve joke!).
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    thenewnumber2 , August 17, 2013 10:15 PM
    I agree with you, computertech82. The arrival of HL3 will be anticlimatic at this point. My anticipation for the game has long ago run out of "Steam" (Valve joke!).
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    abbadon_34 , August 17, 2013 11:08 PM
    Yah sure , that's the REAL reason, not the other million other reasons.
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