HL2: Episode Three isn’t Valve’s big surprise, says Newell

Monday, 7th June 2010 14:18 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Episode Two

The dream: gone. Heartbroken. Am cry.

Valve boss Gabe Newell has said that whatever Valve’s surprise is for E3 next week is not (reiterate: not) Half Life 2: Episode Three.

In an email reply to a user from fansite, Newell said the surprise “isn’t Ep 3″.

He went on to add in a later email that the teaser image that was discovered at the end of last week, which seemed to show that something was cooking regarding the final chapter of the HL2 saga, was “fake”.

Valve announced last week it had canceled its E3 event, which would have shown off Portal 2 for the first time, to instead be replaced by said surprise.

Half Life 3, then?

Thanks, CVG.



  1. JonFE

    Right now I could live with HL2: Ep3 being Valve’s *small* surprise Mr. Newell…


    #1 5 years ago
  2. mojo

    well if they realy are going to announce hl3 the internet will melt.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. mington

    yeah! well. it should be!

    #3 5 years ago
  4. mington

    i think releasing HL2 ep3 after all this time would be a bit silly really

    could it be HL3!?!

    If they announce any new games that isn’t half life related the whole audience should scream GTFO!!!1

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Bulk Slash

    As Valve have learned with Left for Dead 2, why release low-priced DLC when you can release it as a full priced sequel at retail?

    #5 5 years ago
  6. f1r3storm

    Well, he technically just said that the picture is a fake.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Razor

    PS3 game innit.

    That would be a surprise.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Raining_Upwards

    No Episode 3 huh?

    And so the world keeps spinning.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. YoungZer0

    How stupid of you to think Valve would actually care about Half-Life.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    HL3 then? Maybe they’ll tie up Episode 3 in the beginning somehow? or make HL2:E3 DLC for HL3…

    #10 5 years ago
  11. NGCes26294BIV

    Valve are starting to take the piss now.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Yoshi

    Left4Dead 3 XD

    Anyways this is a little annoying, although it wouldn’t surprise me if it was HL3.
    HL2 released 2005
    HL2-EP1 released 2006
    HL2-EP2 released 2007
    That’s 3 years to create a new engine and a complete game.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Erthazus

    You know, i think the surprise will be that Gabe and Valve: LOVE PS3

    I think this is the surprise. Come on, i know they want more money :)

    #13 5 years ago
  14. AHA-Lambda

    Playstation 4?!?!?!!
    Unrelated news but interesting and weird O_o

    Playstation 4?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Mike

    Half Life MMO

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Erthazus

    @14 Oh, cut the crap. It’s just PS3 promotion video of new 3D thing for Japan. Sheesh.

    you just need to tease people with some simple stuff and they are going apeshit all over the internet.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Yoshi

    Half Life MMO that actually could be likely lol
    Just think about it the Half Life world is giant!

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Raining_Upwards

    @12 Agreed. When HL:Ep 3 finally gets released and if it turns out to be ‘Source-powered’ again, I will puke.

    Literally puke.

    Oh and don’t anyone use Left 4 Dead as an example of what the Source engine can do, it suits it purpose there; nothing more.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Blerk

    Half Life Wii, with MotionPlus crowbar.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Yoshi

    @18 Agreed if this is EP3 or HL3 they better have made a new engine and not just a little upgrade to the Source engine!

    #20 5 years ago
  21. rainer

    Could be a new franchise.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Boris Fett

    Still doesn’t discount the possibility of Half Life 3.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. The Hindle

    Maybe its an updated Counter strike, Half life 3 will be needing a new full fledged engine and they take years.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Raining_Upwards

    …Or he could just be lying.


    #24 5 years ago
  25. Erthazus

    @23 Probably Counter-Strike. People asked Valve to do Counter-Strike at some point.
    They even had a poll: Portal 2 or Counter-Strike?

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Tricky

    The Source engine was designed as a long-term engine that can be updated as they go. Compare HL2 (before the recent update) to Episode 2 and there was a large difference. Compare it to L4D2 and the difference is greater again.

    I don’t expect them to ever release a ‘new’ fully-fledged engine… well, maybe not ‘ever’ but Source and the way they’re upgrading it tells me that it’s got legs for a good while yet.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. FlyBoogy

    if it wont be anything with Half-life it will have something to do with IceFrog and Valve who are working together on somethingˇ(“surprise”?) with agrees with the “not werry interesting for ps3 and 360″ on CVG

    #27 5 years ago
  28. manamana

    @22 +1
    He has something up his sleeve and its not doughnut crumbs …

    #28 5 years ago
  29. mescalineeyes

    I’ll take Left 4 Dead 3 over Half Life 2 ep3 any day of the week, but especially thursdays.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. JimFear666

    left for dead 3

    #30 5 years ago
  31. fdelfino

    I’m telling you man, it’ a DLC for L4D2 that adds the gravity gun and the portal gun to the game… XP

    #31 5 years ago
  32. mington

    sad thing is, with the popularity of Modern warfare, an updated counter strike would probably be easier/cheaper to make and could probaly make them more money then the next half life.

    Considering Half life’s legacy the next installment has to be a game changer, they should wait and see what crysis 2 looks like before showing anything of the next HL

    #32 5 years ago
  33. Howie Feltersnatch


    #33 5 years ago
  34. Raining_Upwards

    Left 4 Dead 3 can fuck off too.

    It’s been less than year since the last one and i’m not sure I can deal with the same people bitching about it coming ‘so soon after the last game’, that was unleashed when L4D2 was announced.

    One would hope that Valve has learnt their lesson, especially in regards to creating a ‘sequel’ that looks every bit the DLC for its predecessor instead of a genuine advancement for the franchise.

    #34 5 years ago
  35. Tricky

    With just under 3 million copies sold on 360 (God knows how many on PC), I’d say Valve learnt their lesson just fine with L4D2 :-)

    #35 5 years ago
  36. Elven_Star

    I guess the surprise is the new game IceFrog has been working on. He’s the creator of DotA, for those who don’t know.

    #36 5 years ago
  37. Tricky

    Oooh I’d forgotten about him – that could be a good shout actually.

    #37 5 years ago
  38. Raining_Upwards

    @35 Don’t get me wrong, i’m certainly not discounting that possibility of Left 4 Dead 3; I just wish Valve’s not inconsiderable talents could be put to better use that’s all :)

    Sales figures are a silly metric when applied to brain-deprived masses anyway.

    #38 5 years ago
  39. LePlatypus


    #39 5 years ago
  40. Yoshi

    @39 XD If your doing that how i think your doing that then +1 to you sir :P

    #40 5 years ago
  41. LePlatypus


    not sure, just my opinion

    #41 5 years ago
  42. Jockie

    Maybe it will be the announcement of a series of mock online auctions that’s only available to US citizens, except those living in New York state.

    Either way, Valve now have expectations at an all time high with an unstoppable hype train, let’s just hope that it was intentional and people are going to get what they want (HL3 plz).

    #42 5 years ago
  43. loki


    #43 5 years ago
  44. DarkElfa

    He didn’t say it wasn’t HL3, he just said the pic was fake and it wasn’t Episode 3.

    #44 5 years ago
  45. Freek

    So how’s that Episodic development going Valve? Those shorter dev cycles, more foccused on content, timely releases. Going well? Getting some code in? Workin’ on some gameplay? Getting some characters in? Hmm? Yeah? Rounding out that nice big finale? Some nice levels? So, it’s comming along, right? Right.

    #45 5 years ago
  46. mathare92

    @19 +1

    #46 5 years ago
  47. rdrcheats

    These thoughts are undoubtedly the great one..But the idea rockstar brought introducing Red dead redemption cheats is awsome

    #47 4 years ago

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