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Valve Working on Secret TF2 Project; Fans Want HL3

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The Team Fortress 2 blog is hinting at a top secret project slated to hit Steam in 2012. Meanwhile, fans are actually demanding new Half-Life 3 news, protested on Saturday as a result.

The Team Fortress 2 blog reports that the team is currently working on a new "top secret" TF2 project slated to arrive sometime before the end of the world (December 21). This release will be in addition to Valve's upcoming DOTA 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive titles which are also scheduled to hit Steam this year.

"We can't tell you what it is, because [the team] won't tell us, but what they WILL say is that it isn't a hat, it isn't a map, and go away," reads the official Team Fortress blog. "From this we can only conclude that the TF2 team is working on some ungodly hat-map hybrid that you can wear on your head while you run around in it. You heard it here first. Also last, because they just told us it's not that either. But it's really cool."

Meanwhile, Valve fans protested Saturday, February 4. The reason? Because Valve hasn't coughed up any official news regarding Half-Life 3 and/or Half-Life 2: Episode 3 in a very long time. The protest consisted of merely playing Half-Life 2 for thirty minutes, but that also means 31,500 Steam members playing the game simultaneously -- talk about network overload. Has a world record been set for that yet? Maybe this is history in the making?

Nevertheless, here's the entire letter to Valve the non-confrontational protest:

The lack of communication between Valve and the Half-Life community has been a frustrating experience. While continued support for current and future products is greatly appreciated, fans of the Half-Life series have waited years for a word on when the franchise will return.

So, Instead of focusing efforts in a negative and disrespectful way, we have decided to gain Valve's attention by delivering a basic message:

Your oldest and longest running fanbase would like better communication.

Waiting patiently for over four years can be challenging as a fan, especially when E3 comes and goes without any sign of the Half-Life series and its continuation. Valve had stated that information was scheduled to be released towards the end of 2008, and we believe that if they have chosen to change those plans, fans should be acknowledged, regardless of developmental plans for the next Half-Life project.

The entire trilogy of episodes was scheduled to be completed and released by 2007, and if Valve have decided to do other things for the time being, that is fine; all that we ask for is a basic response on the matter, and to let fans know whether or not the current story arc is scheduled to conclude at another point in time.

In addition: This message is in no way, shape or form attempting to rush the development of the Half-Life series; in fact, most members agree that Valve should take the time needed to deliver a complete and polished product.

If you agree with the above message and statements, please join this group and share your support constructively.

Hopefully such attention will be recognized by Valve, and the community's voice will be heard.

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    ananthu123 , February 5, 2012 4:05 AM
    We want HL3! #OccupyValve
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    thechief73 , February 5, 2012 5:22 AM
    OMG Tom's, Thanks for deleting my post after logging in. :fou: GRRR! Anyways I'll try to retype it if my tired mind can manage to do so.

    I am proud to say that I took part in the event Saturday morning by starting a new play-trough of HL:2 and we did manage to get into the top 11th spot for the most played games on Saturday. Although I am sorry to says Tom's that once again you have made a major error in your information. I have no idea where you got the number of 31,500!?! But, we did manage to get a max of 13,216 simutainious players on Saturday and the group that organized the event "A Call for Communication (Half-Life) (HL-CFC)" has 50,045 Members at the time of writing this.

    Please Tom's(and Mr. Kevin Parrish) give Half Life the respect it deserves and correct your hasty mistakes. The correct information is even in the link you provided in your own article. FYI - This was not a protest, it was a call for communication ( go figure eh, :lol:  ) and the event was from 11am PST until you or your schedule didn't allow for your to continue playing, there was never a 30min. window.
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  • 31 Hide
    ananthu123 , February 5, 2012 4:05 AM
    We want HL3! #OccupyValve
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    maigo , February 5, 2012 4:12 AM
    Valve kept HL2 secret totally for how many years?
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    alidan , February 5, 2012 4:23 AM
    wow, they dont want a game, they just want you to talk to them... follow up on info... damn... most respectfull protest so far... and this comes on how douchey valve is treating its half life fans, teaseing things all the time... only to yell a big nope every time to every rumor and to every sign...

    i dont like fps games much, only a few ever dragged me into them for long, and halflife and half life 2 werent one of them... mainly due to game breaking bugs with half life 2

    serious sam
    serious sam second encounter
    their hd counter parts
    battle field bad company 2 multiplayer
    black light tango down
    black light retribution (im in beta)
    painkiller
    golden eye
    perfect dark

    those are the only fps games that sucked me in, that i can remember... each of them i played for over 24 hours

    i tend to enjoy mindless killing to puzzle fps games i guess.
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    amuffin , February 5, 2012 4:31 AM
    Tf3?
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    stm1185 , February 5, 2012 4:41 AM
    If they were going to do Half Life 3 on the Source Engine I imagine they would have done it 3 years ago. So maybe this year they will release a Team Fortress 3 running on a new Engine, Source 2.0 if you will, and then release HL3 on it in late 2013.
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    Hax0r778 , February 5, 2012 5:03 AM
    stm1185If they were going to do Half Life 3 on the Source Engine I imagine they would have done it 3 years ago. So maybe this year they will release a Team Fortress 3 running on a new Engine, Source 2.0 if you will, and then release HL3 on it in late 2013.


    If you knew anything about the source engine you would realize that it is being constantly updated. It is meaningless to talk about source 1.0 or source 2.0. (http://www.develop-online.net/features/1191/Valve-on-Source-and-studio-culture)
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    _Pez_ , February 5, 2012 5:03 AM
    will be HFL3 with DX11.1 requirements 3way sli/crossfire to get 80FPS? or might be the same old engine DX9? or maybe they have just forgotten about the game?
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    thechief73 , February 5, 2012 5:22 AM
    OMG Tom's, Thanks for deleting my post after logging in. :fou: GRRR! Anyways I'll try to retype it if my tired mind can manage to do so.

    I am proud to say that I took part in the event Saturday morning by starting a new play-trough of HL:2 and we did manage to get into the top 11th spot for the most played games on Saturday. Although I am sorry to says Tom's that once again you have made a major error in your information. I have no idea where you got the number of 31,500!?! But, we did manage to get a max of 13,216 simutainious players on Saturday and the group that organized the event "A Call for Communication (Half-Life) (HL-CFC)" has 50,045 Members at the time of writing this.

    Please Tom's(and Mr. Kevin Parrish) give Half Life the respect it deserves and correct your hasty mistakes. The correct information is even in the link you provided in your own article. FYI - This was not a protest, it was a call for communication ( go figure eh, :lol:  ) and the event was from 11am PST until you or your schedule didn't allow for your to continue playing, there was never a 30min. window.
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    may1 , February 5, 2012 6:38 AM
    JOSHSKORNTF2 sucks. No wonder it's FtP. It's meant for teenagers.


    Though I agree to some extent, you've just set the fanboyz on fire.
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    the_krasno , February 5, 2012 7:14 AM
    TF2 was vaporware for the better part of a decade before being here. I trust that Valve will deliver HL3, and it will be awesome... for a few short minutes, right before the universe freezes completely.
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    anonymous32111 , February 5, 2012 7:45 AM
    "We can't tell you what it is, because [the team] won't tell us, but what they WILL say is that it isn't a hat, it isn't a map, and go away," reads the official Team Fortress blog. "From this we can only conclude that the TF2 team is working on some ungodly hat-map hybrid that you can wear on your head while you run around in it. You heard it here first. Also last, because they just told us it's not that either. But it's really cool."

    Hehehe, first time TomsRageware has made me laugh in a while.. good article. Although I disagree I think it WILL be the hat-map hybrid.

    In all seriousness now, I am still playing Team Fortress Classic.. TF2 is just too whimsical for me; please give us Half-Life, nobody cares about Team Fortress (even though i still love TFC).
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    theuniquegamer , February 5, 2012 10:22 AM
    so how many years to wait for HL3 or episode 3 whichever it is?
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    A Bad Day , February 5, 2012 11:06 AM
    theuniquegamerso how many years to wait for HL3 or episode 3 whichever it is?


    I have a feeling it will match Duke Nukem Forever in terms of development time...
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    magicandy , February 5, 2012 11:47 AM
    I really hope this call for communication works. Being teased here and there is nice and all and I can see why Valve employs the tactic, but I wish they would just give us straight info on their plans, for once. It's clearly what their fans want right now and they can't just continue to ignore it and go on with their teasing tactics.

    Tell us something, Valve. Even if you're not working on HL3 at the moment, at least tell us when you plan to do so. Don't just ignore the pleas for information from your fans. It's been almost 5 years since HL2 Episode 2. Throw us a bone already. SOMETHING.
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    tpi2007 , February 5, 2012 11:54 AM
    thechief73OMG Tom's, Thanks for deleting my post after logging in. GRRR! Anyways I'll try to retype it if my tired mind can manage to do so.I am proud to say that I took part in the event Saturday morning by starting a new play-trough of HL:2 and we did manage to get into the top 11th spot for the most played games on Saturday. Although I am sorry to says Tom's that once again you have made a major error in your information. I have no idea where you got the number of 31,500!?! But, we did manage to get a max of 13,216 simutainious players on Saturday and the group that organized the event "A Call for Communication (Half-Life) (HL-CFC)" has 50,045 Members at the time of writing this.Please Tom's(and Mr. Kevin Parrish) give Half Life the respect it deserves and correct your hasty mistakes. The correct information is even in the link you provided in your own article. FYI - This was not a protest, it was a call for communication ( go figure eh, ) and the event was from 11am PST until you or your schedule didn't allow for your to continue playing, there was never a 30min. window.



    I can't stress enough what thechief73 said, Mr. Kevin Parrish. Correct your factual mistakes. Did you even read the text you quoted ? What a sensationalistic sub-headline you made there: "fans are actually demanding new Half-Life 3 news, protested on Saturday as a result". You didn't even check how many concurrent players the top games on Steam have when you ask if some type of world record had been set or talked about network overload (on a single-player game, really ?). Unless you were being sarcastic, in which case it's bad taste making fun of the community.

    We aren't demanding anything, and the playing at the same time wasn't a protest.

    You know what a demand is ? And a protest ? No, you dedinitely didn't read the text you quoted and didn't read the posts Surf has been making in the community since it started.

    I was proud to be a part of the experience yesterday and I will do it again if there are more fun things organised by the community. Getting together in the community and playing at the same time yesterday means there are still many people who care about the Half-Life franchise and not just those that go along with the newest hyped game on the market, not having heard of or played any of the previous games. And you know what, just like Surf said, in the post you obviously didn't read, even if Valve doesn't say anything, the experience was worth it on its own.
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    matt_b , February 5, 2012 12:31 PM
    The race to dethrone Duke Nukem: Forever has begun!

    I remember finding Half-Life as a kid and saying to myself that I'd give it a try because it looked cool; one of the best games I had played at the time. Time passed by (a lot), and then HL 2 popped up and it took me a bit to remember what the series was it had been so long. Again, patience for episode 3 of the series is growing thin for me and interest is fading.

    The only news I know of that is on the way is the meet the pyro update in development. Really hope this is not the "secret" mentioned here!
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    Star72 , February 5, 2012 1:48 PM
    Hi Valve. I remember a friend of mine telling me about TFC. I decided to try it & loved it & played it for quite a while. Funny thing is, I never really tried HL. Then HL2 & TF2 came along. I bought TF2 by itself & again loved it (didn't try HL2). Then you decided to go & *%&$ with a game (TF2) that was already much fun. The next thing we knew we had some retarded weapon ideas & the all important, game-breaking.........hats. Yep, that sealed the deal for me, won't even worry if a #3 comes out. But if it's going to, at least hurry up & let those who are waiting know & quit making them all wonder & teasing them. Eventually even the diehard fans will get tired of the games.
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    thehidecheck , February 5, 2012 1:54 PM
    thechief73I am proud to say that I took part in the event Saturday morning by starting a new play-trough of HL:2 and we did manage to get into the top 11th spot for the most played games on Saturday. Although I am sorry to says Tom's that once again you have made a major error in your information. I have no idea where you got the number of 31,500!?! But, we did manage to get a max of 13,216 simutainious players on Saturday and the group that organized the event "A Call for Communication (Half-Life) (HL-CFC)" has 50,045 Members at the time of writing this.

    This, I was actually disappointed in the number of members but the low number of players during the event.
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    cpitts1 , February 5, 2012 2:27 PM
    Remember everybody, Valve and Blizzard have their own orientation of time.
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