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Valve Hints to Half-Life 3; Calling it Ricochet 2?

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Gabe Newell talks about Ricochet 2 in the latest Seven Day Cooldown podcast, but is reportedly referring to Half-Life 3 instead.

There's speculation that Valve's Software boss Gabe Newell was talking about Half-Life 3 during an interview in the latest Seven Day Cooldown podcast, unofficially addressing the sequel's uncertain state by referring to it as Ricochet 2. In a nutshell, Valve wants to be super-transparent about the third installment, and right now silence is better because gamers aren't exposed to the numerous changes that are taking place in the game's development at this stage.

"In terms of Ricochet 2, we always have this problem that when we talk about things too far in advance, we end up changing our minds as we're going through and developing stuff," he said. "So as we're thinking through the giant story arc which is Ricochet 2, you might get to a point where you're saying something is surprising us in a positive way and something is surprising us in a negative way, and, you know, we'd like to be super-transparent about the future of Ricochet 2."

"The problem is, we think that the twists and turns that we're 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," he added.

One example of the need for intentional silence points to 2011 in which Valve reportedly went through "unexpected concept changes" which led to the delay in the Half-Life 3 project. We unofficially know that something is indeed in the works, as over the years we've seen little clues pointing to Half-Life 3 or Half-Life 2: Episode 3 including the Valve employee attending a function wearing a Half-Life 3 T-shirt.

Of course, Newell could definitely be talking about a Ricochet sequel, but highly unlikely: Ricochet was a multiplayer mod for the original Half-Life, developed by Valve and released back in November 2000 (June 2002 via Steam). But the Seven Day Cooldown interviewer framed the question to Newell in a manner that suggested he was discussing Half-Life 3.

The last Half-Life game released by Valve was back in 2007: Half-Life 2: Episode 2. Since then, Valve has released Portal, Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2, Alien Swarm, Portal 2 and DOTA 2. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is due to launch on the PC, Mac, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this summer.

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    alidan , April 24, 2012 9:37 AM
    MiddlemanI'm 31, Gabe. I grew up with Half-Life. I was in high school when the original came out. At this pace, however, I'm going to be too GD old for video games by the time you release HL3, or Episode 3, or whatever the hell you're calling it now. Stop dicking us around, and release the game already, while it's still relevant to your fans. Otherwise, move onto a new IP for the next generation of fans, and knock off the proverbial dicktease.


    the day im to old for a video game is the day i die.
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    hellfire24 , April 24, 2012 7:37 AM
    Half Life>all COD!
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    amuffin , April 24, 2012 6:38 AM
    Valve can't...can't count to three!!!!!!
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    amuffin , April 24, 2012 6:38 AM
    Valve can't...can't count to three!!!!!!
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    Darkerson , April 24, 2012 6:42 AM
    I honestly dont care when they bring it out. Im sure whenever it does release, it will be awesome. Until then, there are plenty of other games to play!
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    hardcore_gamer , April 24, 2012 7:12 AM
    I hope it is HL3. We don't want another multiplayer game from valve; CS:GO will do for now.
    I'd like to see a new engine or a huge improvement to the current source engine. Portal 2 graphics looked outdated although the gameplay was sublime.
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    hellfire24 , April 24, 2012 7:37 AM
    Half Life>all COD!
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    proxy711 , April 24, 2012 7:40 AM
    Gabe ate the number 3.
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    IQ11110002 , April 24, 2012 7:49 AM
    Half Life 3 please, And if it isn't then get to it anyway!
    And don't cater to the console hardware first, Make it purely for the best pc tech out there and then filter it down to other markets, Not the other way around where we get some crap console port.
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    damianrobertjones , April 24, 2012 8:20 AM
    "Ricochet 2"

    Finally an update to the BBC Micro game! (...Realises that, probably, 98% of readers won't know what I'm going on about)
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    dreadlokz , April 24, 2012 8:38 AM
    Just have the feeling they dropped the ball after counter-strike! Maybe Portal, but nothing that good!
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    Middleman , April 24, 2012 9:17 AM
    I'm 31, Gabe. I grew up with Half-Life. I was in high school when the original came out. At this pace, however, I'm going to be too GD old for video games by the time you release HL3, or Episode 3, or whatever the hell you're calling it now.

    Stop dicking us around, and release the game already, while it's still relevant to your fans. Otherwise, move onto a new IP for the next generation of fans, and knock off the proverbial dicktease.
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    alidan , April 24, 2012 9:37 AM
    MiddlemanI'm 31, Gabe. I grew up with Half-Life. I was in high school when the original came out. At this pace, however, I'm going to be too GD old for video games by the time you release HL3, or Episode 3, or whatever the hell you're calling it now. Stop dicking us around, and release the game already, while it's still relevant to your fans. Otherwise, move onto a new IP for the next generation of fans, and knock off the proverbial dicktease.


    the day im to old for a video game is the day i die.
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    Anonymous , April 24, 2012 9:39 AM
    Top priority is to make sure that PC can handle Half-life 3 when it comes out! Must play it in all its glory!!!
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    alvine , April 24, 2012 11:53 AM
    valve is like blizzard with their diablo 3, we had to wait 7 years ...it will come eventually
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    Anonymous , April 24, 2012 12:02 PM
    @Middleman

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; We grow old because we stop playing."
    ~George Bernard Shaw
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    trumpeter1994 , April 24, 2012 12:30 PM
    looking at valve's development in recent years, I doubt they will be developing it for PC's. The source engine is getting a bit outdated, hopefully they can give it an update for HL3 and push the hardware. Then they can nerf it down and let whats left of it strangle the consoles to death. Although avoiding consoles altogether would probably be even better.
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    digitalgriffin , April 24, 2012 1:12 PM
    My Guess:

    Obviously it will be a massive online multi player co-op in the same vane as Left 4 Dead. But you have to complete mini objectives to reach the next level (similar to mini missions in WoW). Gordon will be an outside character you can't play because he leads the co-op resistence. And we will be his freedom fighters.

    It will be sad if they go that route.
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    stingstang , April 24, 2012 1:13 PM
    MiddlemanI'm 31, Gabe. I grew up with Half-Life. I was in high school when the original came out. At this pace, however, I'm going to be too GD old for video games by the time you release HL3, or Episode 3, or whatever the hell you're calling it now. Stop dicking us around, and release the game already, while it's still relevant to your fans. Otherwise, move onto a new IP for the next generation of fans, and knock off the proverbial dicktease.

    Lol....dicktease.
    'Nuff said, then.
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    alidan , April 24, 2012 1:30 PM
    greghomeThe day I'm too old for video games is when I have Parkinsons and can't control my limbs properly....


    i would duck tape my hands to it, and live with the wrong button presses, would ad a new level of challenge.
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    wooodoggies , April 24, 2012 1:52 PM
    thats right dumbasses, just sit on your couch and wait for a video game. it is amazing how people will find something to make them useless.
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    Pallimud , April 24, 2012 2:20 PM
    Article Error: Dota2 has not been released yet, it is private beta similar to CS:GO.
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    RabidFace , April 24, 2012 2:22 PM
    I just don't care anymore.....about news that isn't giving an actual time frame. We all know HL3 or Episode 3 is in the works, but we all know how tight lipped Valve likes to be. So, all I'm doing is waiting patiently when they officially announce it. Hell, (for people that know) Black Mesa: Source will be out before either Episode 3 or HL3. I JUST WANT ONE RIGHT NOW DAMN IT! ;) 

    I will say, this will be the reason I build another computer. Haven't had a rig in quite a few years and my current laptop plays Source games. I also won't play Max Payne 3 till I have a rig again either. They are the two game IPs that should never see a controller. CoD I don't care about anymore, so that is saying something from me. It was also a sad day when I bought BF3 for my PS3.
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