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Three “big announcements” from Valve in next 12 months, says Gabe

Wednesday, 1 September 2010 13:52 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Episode Two

Does one of them begin with E and end with pisode Three?

Valve boss Gabe Newell has said the developer has three “big announcements” coming in the next year.

Jebus prays for Ep Three.

“I can guarantee you people are going to be surprised at stuff we do. That isn’t going to stop any time soon,” Newell told PC Gamer.

“I’m just laughing because… people will be shocked again.”

He added: “We have three pretty big surprises in the next 12 months at least.”

Half-Life 2: Ep Three has been in development for a long time, with virtually nothing shown.

Valve said it had a massive surprise for E3 involving Portal 2, but had cancelled it before it took place, only to end up with Gabe appearing at Sony’s presser to announce the game for PS3.

Now, do it again, only sooner. And with Episode Three.

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45 Comments

  1. AHA-Lambda

    WOOOAH!!!

    ok ep3
    dota?

    what else? cs 2?

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Callum

    3 announcements? Hmmm…Portal 2 is already out there right? I hope one of them isnt to do with Team fortress 3 or what ever. EP3, L4D3 and a new unnanounced IP based on being a fairy??

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    Probably New Counter-Strike game. well that would be badass.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Patrick Garratt

    Half-Life 3′s one of them, surely?

    #4 5 years ago
  5. farmoore

    I bet its new/improved source engine along with hl3.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Michael O’Connor

    I think it’s pretty obvious at this point that Episode 3 isn’t going to happen, and that story will likely be finished off in a full blown sequel.

    I think it’s about time for a L4D3 announcement as well.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Aimless

    So, Episode Three now a Facebook exclusive?

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Freek

    @4 If not, there will probably be rioting, or atleast sweary e-mails.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Johnny Cullen

    If it’s not Episode Three or Half-Life 3, people are going to go raving bonkers.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Dralen

    If it’s Half-Life 3 or CS2 I will literally shit my pants.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. DarkElfa

    1. Gabe is a woman.

    2. TEA is actually Michael Pachter is actually Bobby Kotick is actually Michael O’Connor.

    3. HUH…

    4.

    5. Johnny Cullen is actually every registered user on the site except myself, TEA and Michael O’Connor.

    Pie.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Callum

    lol. You’ll find that garratt is actually all of the above. He is just trying to make the site seem popular!

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Callum

    p.s not played the half life games, didnt have a PC when they were released all them years ago! They still worth playing ?

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Erthazus

    @13 LOL? Are you serious? *blown away*

    Start from the first game right now.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. LORANT92

    One of them will probably be Dota related.

    And I hope that at least one of the remaining two has something to do with Half-Life.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. No_PUDding

    In all honesty, Half Life is a challenge to go back to.

    It has aged about as well as the other PS one era videogames.

    If you’ve waited this long, then just wait for the Black Mesa Source mod.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. AHA-Lambda

    @13 – get the valve complete pack on steam

    NOW!!!

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Dralen

    @13 Dude! Get Half-life 2 right now!!!! Going back to half-life 1 would probably be hard because it’s really old now, but Half-life 2 and the episodes are frigging amazing.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. LOLshock94

    hopfuly it aint l4d3 maybe dlc for portal

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Erthazus

    Half-Life 1 is never old. Actually Without first part you are going to miss 50% of the whole story. First part is very important. It’s even more important than the second game with all episodes combined. In the first one you are going to Zen, they are showing you what happened in the Black Mesa. There is also a little history about G-Man.
    Not to mention about Opposing Force.

    I can’t understand people who will try to play any Half-Life game without the first ones.

    + Portal is also in the Half-Life universe. It’s also important.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. DSB

    Time for people to get all psyched up about Half-Life 3 or Episode 3, just so Gabe can turn them into whining ninnies again.

    I don’t get why people bother at this point, clearly he enjoys taking the piss.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. LOLshock94

    hopfully it is the first 1 cause i never get the story or the random stalker with the suit case

    #22 5 years ago
  23. freedoms_stain

    @16, Black Mesa? Beginning to think that’s a massive overly long running joke.

    I’m tired of waitin, ain’t gonna happen.

    P.S. I’m getting really freakin fed up of having to ctrl+c everything I type on this website.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Michael O’Connor

    @23 For me, simply pressing refresh works. It keeps it in memory and re-submits it.

    Still annoying though.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. freedoms_stain

    @24, on any modern browser yes, hell even my Android browser, but we’re rawkin IE6 old skool here at my place of employ and that sadly does not work.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Aimless

    @23 Funnily enough a short preview appeared yesterday. According to that the game’s pretty much built up to Xen, albeit with lots of tweaking still to be done.

    At least it’s showing some signs of life.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    O’Connors right. They should just announce Half-Life 3 with an entirely brand new engine at this point.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. spiderLAW

    @13
    Dont listen to whoever says to skip over Half-Life 1. Half-Life 1 is still a really good game and is very challenging. Half-Life was the first FPS to incorporate a story into the actual gameplay without the use of cutscenes or written summaries. I just played through the single player campaing about 6months ago or the 15th-20th time. I still play Half-Life deathmatch from time to time. Half-life 2 was just as epic as well. For a few years there wasnt any games that even came close to Hal-Life 2 in terms of graphics, gameplay, and physics (they were the first to use Havok). Like Erth said, Half-Life 1′s story is extremely important.

    @Erth! what is your steam account name. I want to add you. Maybe sometime we can play some Half-Life1 or 2 deathmatch.

    #28 5 years ago
  29. The Hindle

    E3 2011 count on it guys.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. Yoshi

    Left4Dead3, Left4Dead4 and Left4Dead5 LOL XD

    #30 5 years ago
  31. osric90

    1. Episode Three out for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 virtually and phisically.
    2. “PS3 is important to us” being demonstrated by “The Half-Life Experience” a pack that includes Half-Life: Source, Half-Life 2, Episode One, Episode Two and Episode Three plus Deathmatch for Source and 2.
    3. Half-Life Three announced for 2013.

    #31 5 years ago
  32. freedoms_stain

    @26, it wouldn’t be the 1st time they’d done something like that. They like to dribble out some media every 12-18 months.

    #32 5 years ago
  33. spiderLAW

    Black Mesa Source wont be released untill 2020 at the rate they are going. By then it will be irrelevant.

    #33 5 years ago
  34. Callum

    *hangs head in shame* I will purchase them all on steam today, and play them over the weekend. I am sorry if I have let anyone down.

    #34 5 years ago
  35. DUFFKING

    Good stuff sir.

    Opposing Force is also pretty good, Blue Shift is ok but too short.

    I still think HL1 is a little better than HL2 as well, but they’re still the best FPS games on the market.

    #35 5 years ago
  36. spiderLAW

    Oh yeah! Opposing Force! was a great addition to Half-Life. Like Duffking said, Blue shift was okay but too short.

    #36 5 years ago
  37. Rudderless

    One of them’s a Wii game. That’d be a pretty big surprise.

    #37 5 years ago
  38. Callum

    @ Rudderless, omg a Wii port of the origional portal. epic.

    #38 5 years ago
  39. mojo

    bring hl3 and cs2. else, gtfo tbh

    #39 5 years ago
  40. mojo

    oh wait
    “people will be shocked”

    cs (2) on consoles.
    cant imagine a bigger shock

    it will errupt

    #40 5 years ago
  41. Clashback

    It’s gotta be episode 3. I got the feeling that the last ‘surprise/announcement’ went the wrong way since everybody went nuts over a possible announcement of Ep3.

    They probably wont make the same mistake twice I guess… Else, indeed gtfo

    #41 4 years ago
  42. Michael O’Connor

    Episode 3 is not going to happen. They’re going to end up making a Half Life 3 to continue the story. I would think that would be obvious by now.

    #42 4 years ago
  43. Bond James Bond

    Half-Life 2: EP 3 PC exclusive…

    #43 4 years ago
  44. spiderLAW

    Im with Michael on this one.
    Half-Life 3 will be one, Left for Dead 3 (or 1 and 2 on PS3), and Counter Strike 2 (to get in on the COD money)

    All of the above announced and i will have a fucking heart attack

    #44 4 years ago
  45. themadjock

    I think Portal and Half-life will merge as the whole aperture science theme is in both. A gravity/portal gun in HL3 would just be incredible. They said before near HL2Ep2 time that that wouldn’t happen due to the problems involved using the portal gun in the open-ish HL universe. Given the time with NO news on Ep3 I wouldn’t be so sure they haven’t been working on this but just keeping it hush hush. I would rather they tell us nothing than some ass hack their servers again and steal the game further delaying the end product because god knows Valve like to take their sweet time .. a bit like Blizzard but I think we all agree it’s worth it in the end :)

    #45 4 years ago

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  • Mortal Kombat X live-action TV spot features the track Chop Suey

    The TV sport for Mortal Kombat X has been released, and not only does it contain a “spontaneous fight circle” taking over an entire city, but it features the System of a Down track Chop Suey. Mortal Kombat X will be released on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One April 14. The […]

  • Bloodborne Forbidden Woods progression bug caused by multiplayer summon

    A progression bug in Bloodborne is in the works, according to Sony and From Software. The issue occurs when players activate a multiplayer session in the Forbidden Woods using the Sinister Resonant Bell or Small Resonant Bell. It also appears the Lunarium Key won’t appear because of the multiplayer bug, and without the key you […]

  • Yo-Kai Watch game franchise has sold over 7 million copies

    The Yo-Kai Watch IP has sold over 7 million copies, according to developer Level-5. The figure included both physical and digital download sales. Yo-Kai Watch 3 will be unveiled during Level-5 Vision 2015 next month. The first title is in the works for the west but is still without a release window. Thanks, Gematsu.

  • Bloodborne trademark returned to Sony after accidentally losing it

    In case you were worried or anything, Sony has once again obtained the Bloodborne trademark. Earlier this week it was revealed that Sony mistakenly abandoned the Bloodborne trademark along with four others registered with US Patent and Trademark Office: Guns Up!, Kill Strain; How Games Were Made to Sound, and No Heroes Allows: No Puzzles […]

  • GTA 5 PC official trailer coming next week, 15 new screenshots released

    New PC screenshots of GTA 5 have been released along with word of a new trailer coming on Monday. The screens below are from the PC version and you can view them in 4K glory over on Rockstar Newswire. The PC version of GTA 5 releases on April 14.

  • PSN real-time server status page launching in Europe soon

    PlayStation users in Europe will soon have its own a PSN Service Status Indicator. It was released earlier this month in North America. The indicator makes it easier to check whether PlayStation services are down or running as planned. This includes account management, PlayStation Now, the store, social services, etc. Sony told Eurogamer the service […]

  • Exclusivity contract prevents Bioware from revealing Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC release on PS4

    Bioware is unable to discuss when the Jaws of Hakkon DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition will arrive on platforms other than PC and Xbox One. According to various tweets from executive producer Mark Darrah, due to the exclusivity contract between EA and Microsoft, the studio is unable to announce a release date for PlayStation 3 […]

  • LEGO Batman 3 demo, Namco Museum, more added to North American eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo for LEGO Batman 3, Namco Museum on Wii U Virtual Console, and various sales. Below is the full update. Nintendo eShop Dot Arcade – Wii U LEGO Ninjago – 3Ds LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Demo – Wii U Harvest Moon: The […]

  • Square Enix’s Easter Surprise bundle contains five mystery PC games

    Square Enix offering another mystery bundle to customers in the UK, which comes with five mystery PC games for £3.99. As before, customers will be unaware of the games they are purchasing in the mystery bundle, but the bundle contains triple-A titles worth £40 combined. One of Square’s previous mystery bundles contained Tomb Raider, Just […]

  • From Software’s PSone game Shadow Tower coming to PSN

    Shadow Tower, the first-person action-RPG developed for the original PlayStation by From Software, will be released on PlayStation Network. In the 1998 title, players took on the role of a mercenary who has returned home to the Holy Land of Zeptar to find the place has been sucked into the Underworld. He must use the […]

  • PlayStation TV gets price cut in the UK, now £44.99

    PlayStation TV has received a price cut in the UK. After several retailers started offering the console for less than the RRP of £84.99, users on DealSpwn began to wonder whether this is an official price cut, and not just regular deals or stock clearance. Sony later confirmed the new price of £44.99. “Starting from […]

  • Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is now available, for free

    You can download Forza Horizon 2 expansion Fast & Furious starting right now. Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is available to download now through Xbox Live for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The expansion is standalone, so you don’t need to own Forza Horizon 2 to play it. It’s also free from now […]

  • Fire-based weapons come to PayDay 2 with the Butcher’s BBQ Pack

    The 20th DLC for PayDay 2, the Butcher’s BBQ Pack, is now available on Steam. The DLC will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: Piglet Grenade Launcher, 12G Steakout Shotgun and Mk1 Flamethrower Molotov cocktails and incendiary ammo Four new masks, patterns, materials and achievements The Butcher’s BBQ Pack is another co-development between Overkill and Croatian […]

  • Lords of the Fallen developer offers Hideo Kojima a job

    Amid the current turmoil between Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami, one studio has offered the legendary designer a position. Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13 took to Twitter to extend a job offer to Hideo Kojima. Dear Mr. @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN In case you are currently searching, we have an open position as Head of Game […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy MIDA Multi Tool?

    The question on every Destiny player’s lips today. And the answer, supplied by resident Destiny expert Paul Davies, is… Yes! We asked Paul whether or not he thought Xur’s Exotic weapon this week was worth the 23 Strange Coins. Here’s what he said: “It was already a great gun to own for PVP owing to […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has an all-male cast to make it “more approachable”

    According to Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, the main cast of the game is all-male because it makes the game “more approachable.” Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata spoke to Gamespot about the reason for his choice of making the core cast an all-male affair. “Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable […]

  • Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain is coming April 2

    Blizzard has given Hearthstone expansion Blackrock Mountain a solid release date. Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure pack will be released April 2 in the Americas region, and April 3 in Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Blackrock Depths is the first wing to be released, others will follow one week apart. Other than the 31 new cards, […]

  • Bloodborne: if you can’t load your save after installing firmware 2.50, this will help

    If you’re having issues loading your Bloodborne save after applying firmware update 2.50 to your PS4, this should help you out. Reddit user KBALLZZ encountered an issue after installing update 2.50 on his PlayStation 4. Bloodborne started reinstalling the day one patch again and when it was done he couldn’t continue his game or load […]

  • Use this code to get 10% off on PSN purchases

    Sony is offering a 10% discount coupon to anyone looking to buy games on PlayStation Store this weekend. Sony’s latest discount coupon code is here. You’ll receive 10% off your cart total when buying from the PSN Store. The offer is not valid on purchases made on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PSP, or in-game stores. […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin upgrade path announced, system specs revealed

    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will offer returning customers a chance to upgrade at a discounted price. Those who already own Dark Souls 2 on Steam and are interested in picking up the Scholar of the First Sin edition will be happy to know that publisher Bandai Namco is offering them an […]

  • Bloodborne: this is what happens when you have 40 Insight

    Insight is one of the currencies in Bloodborne, but it’s also a mechanic that affects the gameplay. There are MASSIVE SPOILERS below, so turn back now or one of Bloodborne’s gameplay mechanics will be SPOILED for you. Just like Blood Echoes in Bloodborne, Insight is used to purchase certain items from vendors in the game. […]

  • Phase two of Xbox One April update brings voice messages, dedicated servers for party chat, more

    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.

  • Destiny of Spirits will go offline starting next month

    Sony will be ending service for Destiny of Spirits starting next month, Sony has announced. The free-to-play Destiny of Spirits was released in late March 2014 on Vita, and tasked players with collecting supernatural forces appropriate to their geographical location, and then trading them with others online. Gravity Rush spirits were added to the game […]

  • MotoGP 15 is out this spring on PC, last and current-gen consoles

    MotoGP 15 will be released in June on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Milestone has announced. Bike, rider and team customization are part of the latest release in the franchise, along with time-trials and enhanced career options. The game features over 20 bike models divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto 2 […]

  • Cities: Skylines players should check out Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises

    Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises can now be yours in Cities: Skylines. Die Hard fans will be familiar with Nakatomi Plaza. Those who have never watched the first film and live in Los Angeles know it by its real-life name, FOX Plaza. It was created by Enos Shenk and is available through Steamworks. Those who […]

  • Call of Duty franchise has sold 175M copies, players have thrown 300B grenades

    With the Call of Duty Championship kicking off tomorrow, Activision has sent over a series infographic full of interesting figures such as the number of copies sold over 10 years and how many grenades players have tossed. According to the stats below, the Call of Duty franchise has sold 175 million copies across all platforms […]

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]