Half-Life 2: Episode 3 still being worked on, Valve confirms

Friday, 14th August 2009 12:05 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Don’t panic. Valve boss Gabe Newell says in the latest GTTV programe that Episode 3 really is still on the way.

“Yes, of course we’re doing Episode 3,” said the exec in response to a reader question.

Presenter Geoff Keighley pushed a little and got, “Oh, absolutely” as an answer to, “But it is still being worked on?”

So there you go. When? You’re good to wait until 2032, right?



  1. Blerk

    Why would they have ‘stopped’ working on it? Sort it out, Keighley! :-D

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Gekidami

    Its understandable that people might think they’ve stoped working on it really, i mean this long on a 6 year old engine? Feet are being dragged.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. probertgoon


    #3 5 years ago
  4. Jadeskye

    This is what you get when you have a development team you can fit in a phone booth.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    HAHA….there’s our long awaited Episode 3 “update”….lmao. Now expect silence for the next 18 months…

    #5 5 years ago
  6. deftangel

    I would love to know what the hold up is and what Newell’s take on the success/failure of the episodic model has been. I’d venture it’s more expensive as well as longer.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Artheval_Pe

    I’d venture it’s more expensive as well as longer.
    One of the problems Valve probably didn’t expect was that they had to work on the engine more than expected. When they started doing episodes, they though they were going to deliver one every six month. It turns out that it took them way more time, so now every time they release one, there has to be a Source update with it.

    this long on a 6 year old engine?
    It’s a two year old engine. Source 2007 is vastly different from the first version of Source that came out it 2004

    #7 5 years ago
  8. SunKing

    It seems that Valve were trying to accomplish in 2006 what Bestheda has done with Fallout 3 in 2009. It was quite pioneering in hindsight.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. endgame

    i don’t understand what seems to be the problem. both tf2 and l4d use the source engine and they look awesome. so, what is it about the engine that u don’t like!?

    #9 5 years ago
  10. crippledhooba

    I wouldn’t care if is was being made on the original half life 2 source engine, I would still buy it for the story alone.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. deathclick

    It’s been long enough. They should do us all a favor for waiting this long and skip doing another piece of this episodic pacifier crap (this ain’t “sam and max”, sorry). The whole point of episodic game creation is that episodes have shorter time spans in between each game so that you don’t have to wait as long, well…. uh…. still waiting. Is Valve getting lazy? Are they bored of working on the title that put them on the map? Are the done with being one of the leaders in innovative game design? I’ve been a Valve fan since the beginning and now I have a request… Give us a fully blown, new engine, new look, cutting edge HALF LIFE 3 game, for the love of PETE GET WITH THE PROGRAM, YOU WROTE IT!

    #11 5 years ago
  12. K1ng

    valve could at least release a trailer or o gameplay video something :(….it is a game for god sake not a top secret file :|….im sick of waiting for this game…:(((…..please release a trailer / video something:)
    P.S sorry for my bad english

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Gekidami

    TF2 is saved somewhat by the cel-shading but L4D looks awesome?! Are you blind? Halo 2 on Xbox looked better or atleast equally as good and comparing their release dates thats just wrong.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. kampi

    Reading some of these comments, I don’t think many people understand the hard work – and therefore time – quality game development requires, or the effort Valve puts into its games. Quality game development takes a long time, regardless of how long people want to wait.

    If Valve rushes to appease all the impatient people out there who just want a game, now, chances are the game will not be of the same quality as those before it.

    It is much more important Valve takes their time and does the game right rather than rush and do a poor job.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Johnny Cullen

    Sorry, but I find that to be BS.

    Valve managed to get out a top quailty game in Episode Two within a year after Episode One. So it bewilders me why it’s taken two years just for a short expansion like Episode Three to take this long.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Phoenixblight

    Because they are busy making L4D, their team is rather small so they can only work with one to two games at a time in this case one game.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Gekidami

    And whose fault is that Phoenix? As opposed to the image Valve wants give they ARNT a small indie group. They’re a multi-million dollar company.
    If they dont want to spend all that money they’re making/saving by reusing an old engine and having EA pay a good part of their marketing on games to hire more devs thats their own fault.

    #17 5 years ago

    What with the wait for this I hope it’s developed into a full-blown HL game… a big epic finale please.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Phoenixblight


    I wasn’t defending the company just stating a fact. What valve does is their own business it may or may not have an effect on them. Look at Blizzard dragging their feet to release their titles, they prefer “quality” I see it as “We want to put our investment into something else”

    #19 5 years ago

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