Above: Say farewell to City 17, as this is the last outing for the grim metropolis
But that doesn't necessarily equate to a lowering of standards. "Everything we do, the goal is to get Game of the Year. No one is allowed to have a goal other than that, because if they do, they're not working at the level of quality that we hold ourselves to. We're using this Half-Life 2 trilogy as an experiment. We're waiting to see what gamers say, to see if we were right," he adds, looking ever-so-slightly anxious.
But having already played through Episode One, we don't think he has anything to worry about. Check back for Half-Life 2: Episode One goodness tomorrow.