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Gabe: Origin “still playing catchup,” Half-Life 3 seeing "twists and turns"

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Valve's Gabe Newell spoke out recently on topics dear to fans of the company. The Steam impresario appeared on the premiere episode of new podcast Seven Day cooldown (via Gamasutra, Develop) to give his thoughts about EA's would-be Steam-killer Origin (he thinks it's not very good yet) and the next Half-Life game (he says it's not very done yet).

Saying EA's Origin isn't “doing anything super-well yet,” Newell charitably acknowledged his service's rival has seen issues since launching some ten months ago. EA “have a bunch of smart people working on it,” Newell allows, “but I think they're still playing catch up to a lot of people who have been working in the space for a while.”

If the company's goal is to provide a Steam alternative, says Gabe, it's worth asking whether this will serve customers: “We think their customers would be happy if their games were on Steam. We tell them that on a regular basis.”

Then again, Newell's own customers would be happier too, if Valve's games were on Steam – specifically, the ones with “Half-Life” and “3” in the title. “The problem is,” suggests Gabe, “we think that the twists and turns that [HL3's development is] going through would probably drive people more crazy than just being silent about it, until we can be very crisp about what's happening next.”

Newell's caginess on this matter was such that he wouldn't even call the game by name – referring to it as “Ricochet 2” – but should leave fans satisfied that the game's afoot, if frustrated at the lack of making-of videos thus far. It's almost as if Half-Life 3 is a bit of a special case or something.

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16 comments

  • Blaastoid - May 8, 2012 6:16 a.m.

    I can't wait for the 3rd episode of Half-Life, it's my all time favorite shooter. I have a feeling from all the time we've waited it's going to be EPIC.
  • Alex_Syros - April 25, 2012 9:22 a.m.

    It's been a fantastic week of awesome news! First, the Planetary Resources announcement reigniting the excitement for the future of space exploration. And now we are told by Gabe that Half-Life 3 is being taken good care of! I have faith in Valve and I'm sure that the last thing they want to see is underwhelmed HL fans. Yes, it's taking them a while, but I prefer to stay in the "good-things-come-to-those-who-wait" kind of mindset here. To me, it'll never be too late for HL3. It really is a special case and I'm happy to see that Gabe&Co treat it as such. ---
  • BurntToShreds - April 24, 2012 7:51 a.m.

    It has been 5 years, and there still hasn't been a single screenshot. That kind of reclusive policy is not something that flies in this generation of gaming. While making the game awesome is good, I think that some actual evidence of it being developed would go a long way in restoring people's confidence. However, that still doesn't mean that I'm going to buy it day one; I'd like to see more gameplay that isn't using the Gravity Gun to solve physics puzzles.
  • Fuzunga - April 23, 2012 7:03 p.m.

    So they've confirmed now that they're actually making it?
  • SouthTippBass - April 23, 2012 6:47 p.m.

    It's just too late for Half-life 3 now.
  • Dadyo238 - April 23, 2012 8:58 p.m.

    Why? The transition from Half Life 1 to 2 was 6 years, and it hasn't even been 3 years since the last instalment! If you know Valve, then you know they like to fully polish their games before release. I would much rather have that than the recent trend of releasing half-finished games then patching and patching for a year after release.
  • icbacomingupwithapropername - April 23, 2012 11:14 p.m.

    im not entirely sure what year you think it is but it's been around 5 years since episode 2, just sayin you know.
  • Dadyo238 - April 24, 2012 12:10 p.m.

    Woops! Thought Ep.2 was in 2009! Noob mistake, I know. But I stand by my first comment.
  • MasterBhater - April 23, 2012 6:32 p.m.

    I'm wondering if a new Half-Life is even WORTH it at this point in time. Sure, I want a solid conclusion to the storyline as much as the next guy, but will it be another stellar Valve game or just a franchise that's drowned in it's own success and the stream of copycats that followed? I used to think "Yes, I'm very sure Half Life (episode?) 3 will be just as ground breaking as Half Life 2", but considering how Valve's other games (even the new Counter-Strike) have sort of kept the same first-person-shooting mechanics of games from ten years ago, will the next Half Life be released in time before it becomes as "yesterday's news" as Duke Nukem Forever was?
  • KnowYourPokemon - April 24, 2012 10:47 a.m.

    The difference being however that Duke Nukem Forever is everything a Duke Nukem game shouldn't be.
  • Redeater - April 23, 2012 6:18 p.m.

    Dear Gabe, shut up. I don't want to hear anything about HL3 until a FIRM release date has been given. We were promised episodic content because it would reduce the development time between Half-lifes. This game is becoming the new Duke Nukem Forever.
  • Redeater - April 23, 2012 6:23 p.m.

    It seems like he is intentionally withholding HL3 information so he can create speculation and excitement about any recent Steam development.
  • CrashmanX - April 23, 2012 9:48 p.m.

    What's that? With hold information to build up hype? Get people to lose hope and then suddenly make an announcement to maximize people's hopes and hype? Crazy talk!
  • Imgema - April 24, 2012 3:46 a.m.

    Or he just wants to finish the game before anyone notice and make a surprise release. imagine something like this: "First Halflife 3 pictures and videos! Game will be on stores in a few days!" I remember something similar back in the day i was reading N64 magazine. When Rare released the very first info and pictures for Diddy Kong Racing the game was almost complete. It almost came out of nowhere. It would be cool if everyone did the same thing.
  • ncurry2 - April 24, 2012 7:34 a.m.

    Ya those kinds of releases can be cool but by far the game release that I have ever been most excited about was Super Smash Brothers Brawl. I was a pretty big fan of melee but in no way a die hard. But the way they built it up by releasing exactly one nugget of information every weekday for a full year had me hyped beyond belief.
  • SpaceOdysseus - April 23, 2012 5:57 p.m.

    Since it was technically never cancelled, I'd like to see them release Prospero.

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