How I learned to stop pining for Episode Three

Michael Corbisiero writes: In May of 2006, Half-Life 2: Episode Three was announced. It was said that the project would be wrapped up and pushed out just in time for a Christmas 2007 release.

I had no idea what Valve Time was. I didn't have much experience with the company. I had yet to plod through the five stages of grief over the release of a game. It has been nearly four years and the game’s whereabouts remain unknown. What began as a seemingly final installment to the story arc set in motion by Half-Life 2 is now a puzzling affair.

I initially felt the need to demand to know what was going on at Valve. Now, I'm content with waiting. This is how I learned to stop pining for Episode Three.

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Voxelman4669d ago

We all know the really reason is they can't stand the fact that Duke Nukem took longer to come out so they are going to develop ep3 for 16 years...

pucpop4669d ago

Gordon Freeman finally gets laid.

t0mmyb0y4669d ago

I will be 'pining' for EP3 and HL3 until they release.

jony_dols4669d ago (Edited 4669d ago )

Hopefully 'if' Black Mesa Source ever gets released, then that will be enough to keep us tide over till Episode 3 (or Half Life 3, or whatever the hell Valve decide to call it) gets a proper reveal.

ProjectVulcan4669d ago

They want the last scene of the series to have Gordon say one word and will thus spend the next decade looking for the perfect voice to utter it :D

WhiteLightning4669d ago (Edited 4669d ago )

Him talking would be epic

Valve need to give their characters a voice, I'm not all that bothered by Gordon since he was a mute back when Half life first came out in 1998.......but Chell from Portal she needs a voice

But yeah Gordon for example speaking to Alyx in the final scene would be amazing. They need a good voice actor though


They are using the Pixar marketing strategy...wait 10 years before doing the sequel so everyone will be ultra hyped and be super impatient to get there hands on it and will guarantee to be GOTY and sell a dozen of million copies...

f7897904668d ago

Ummm it would sell plenty if they released it now.

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Expo Decay is a Half-life: Episode 3 top-down fan shooter, based on Marc Laidlaw's Epistle 3 story

DSOGaming writes: "Owen Deery has informed us about a new Half Life: Episode 3 fan game he’s been working on. Titled Expo Decay, this Half-Life game is based on Marc Laidlaw’s Epistle 3 story, and is an top-down shooter. Moreover, this fan game has just been released and is available for download."

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Press Start: I wish Valve could count to three

Video game developer Valve is responsible for bringing us some of the most beloved game franchises in history, Gazette gaming columnist Jake Magee writes. It's just too bad so many will end unfinished.

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PhoenixUp2523d ago

We live in a world where the previously mythological games such as Final Fantasy XV, Kingdom Hearts 3, Shenmue 3, Persona 5, Metroid Prime 4, Mirror's Edge: Catalyst, Ni-Oh, Doom 4, Psychonauts 2, Crash Bandicoot: N-Sane Trilogy, Final Fantasy VII Remake, The Last Guardian, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Beyond Good or Evil 2 & Darksiders 3 are actually real and were either released last year, this year, next year, or many years from now.

Hell we even got a new Bubsy game of all things coming out soon and Atari is talking about releasing a new console.

But god forbid we ever get a third installment in a Valve franchise.

CrowbaitBob2522d ago

I was all ready to say something derogatory about your comment (because reasons) and then you mentioned Bubsy and I completely lost my train of thought. Off to google me some upcoming Busby! See, I can't even think straight enough to spell Bysbu correctly.

ElementX2522d ago (Edited 2522d ago )

The writers of Portal and Half Life have left Valve. Any sequel would be welcome, but somehow feel like fan-fic. Maybe it would be best to create a new story arc and leave the old stories unfinished.

chris2352522d ago

i wish this was the overall credo of the industry. we would have to deal with much less reheated and senselessly prolonged crap.

Gh05t2522d ago

Exactly, The people that have made the games we love, the games we love, arent working there anymore. I couldnt make a better Portal than Portal 2 if I had an eternity. And what is the upside, Its a hit and Valve makes another mountain of money (that it arguably doesnt need)... while the downside is destroying the image of having some of the best games ever.

Being practical, its just not a good move if they cant find a way to make it perfect and who says they haven't tried.

Fist4achin2522d ago

Couldn't they just sell the IPs or contract a developer to make them with valve's final approval?!

Valve kind of sucks in this regard...

rlow12522d ago

Gabe only cares for his pockets, for someone that started his own game company because he didn't like the big corps.......he sure has become one himself. Whats worse he is aware people want it, I guess people can have a lump of coal for a heart.

chris2352522d ago

now tell me you would be any different in the same situation.

rlow12522d ago

Actually I would finish it for the fans sake and would've of done so 4 yrs ago. They have oodles of money and Gabe has said anyone in the company could just start making the game if they wanted to. If that was so then the recent departures of those teams that made it would have done it. Gabe is the roadblock plain and simple.

bluefox7552522d ago

I'd much rather have Portal 3 than Half Life 3 tbh.

Yui_Suzumiya2522d ago

I would love both but Portal 2 resolved the story as where Half-Life left on a huge friggin cliffhanger!

Relientk772522d ago

Me too, Valve sucks at math

Portal 3 and Half-Life 3 please

Prince_TFK2522d ago (Edited 2522d ago )

Oh you want Portal 3 and HL3? Well, tough luck. Here, have a new card game instead! - Valve.



Whatever happened to Half-Life 3? The complete saga so far

Half-Life 3 is the greatest mystery in PC gaming. More intriguing than the actual magic that makes your GPU work, and more elusive than a good movie tie-in game, Valve’s third game in the seminal shooter series has been missing in action for nine years now. With every passing year that Valve conspicuously fail to mention it, the mystery deepens.

We’re convinced it’s out there, though. At least in some form or another. If you’ve been keeping your ears close to the ground, you’ll have discovered enough tidbits to keep the candle of hope burning. It’s not a bright light, admittedly, but there’s certainly a flame flickering in the darkness. As series fanatics we’re keen to keep that flame alive, so here’s everything we know about Half-Life 3.

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Kallisti2798d ago

At this point I'd rather a new Left 4 Dead more than a Half-Life 2: Episode 3 or Half-Life 3

Becuzisaid2798d ago

I'd take either, but for god sake give us some kind of closure.