Gabe Newell says Valve is over its "episodes phase" and is now focused on creating games as platforms that can be constantly updated and evolved through Steam, with very short development cycles.
"episodes phase"... "focused on creating games as platforms that can be constantly updated and evolved through Steam, with very short development cycles" "very short development cycles" Sounds like episodes to me, except they are trying to justify charging full price for each one. Want a 5 hour corridor shooter? £35 please. /joke, I <3 valve really. Can't wait for the next HL or CS.
I gotta agree, the wording sounds exactly like you described - half a game with regular updates for the full price. If this was any company other than Valve I would not trust them. However, they have a stellar track record for releasing free/new content for "finished" games. So for now I will put down the pitchfork and torch. But it is not much of a stretch to see them ending up like every other dev out there.
I think this is just hint that there is no Episode 3. There is Half-Life 3. Very short development cycles. Very funny Valve. We know you take your time. I have to agree with building your game around consumers. Games like Counter-strike Source have been around forever and show no signs of dieing down at all.
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