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No New Half-Life This Year? (Say It Isn't So!)

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Gordon Freeman to hang back for another year, it seems.

For those of us who have been playing Half-Life since the very beginning, we know that we have to wait for the sort of quality that the premiere PC developer delivers in its flagship series.

Half-Life 2 going episodic was supposed to allow for the developer to make smaller, shorter games that would be served more often. So, it's been more than two years since HL2: Episode Two's release on October 10, 2007, meaning that we're due for Episode Three sometime this year, right? Sadly, maybe not.

According to the February 2010 issue of Game Informer, as read by Cinema Blend, there will not be any new Half-Life games this year. It's unclear what the magazine's sources are, but we're awaiting a comment from Valve.

Of course, no new Half-Life game from Valve doesn't mean that we won't see anything at all from the developer. There's always the chance of another Team Fortress, Left 4 Dead, or Portal expansion.

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    kyeana , January 19, 2010 9:53 PM
    sinsearWhile this is true, one can also go too far in the opposite end of the spectrum *cough* Blizzard *cough*


    *cough* Duke Nukem Forever *cough*
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    Anonymous , January 19, 2010 9:35 PM
    I believe that Black Mesa should be done this year. It is a high quality remake of Half Life by fans! And it should be free if you own a Source game already!
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    waffletronic , January 19, 2010 10:08 PM
    *cough *cough* *cough*
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    Anonymous , January 19, 2010 9:35 PM
    I believe that Black Mesa should be done this year. It is a high quality remake of Half Life by fans! And it should be free if you own a Source game already!
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    sinsear , January 19, 2010 9:37 PM
    El_CapitanThat's great news! I don't want companies churning out half-ass games every year just to make more money. Make each game count and something special, or don't make it at all. There's too many games, and too little time to play them all.

    While this is true, one can also go too far in the opposite end of the spectrum *cough* Blizzard *cough*
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    JeanLuc , January 19, 2010 9:37 PM
    Come on Valve pull your fingers out your arse and give us Episode 3! By the end of this year it will have been 3 years since you released Episode 2!
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    Anonymous , January 19, 2010 9:38 PM
    Black Mesa should be finished this year *fingers crossed*. Plus it will be free if you already own a Source Engine game!
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    frozenlead , January 19, 2010 9:39 PM
    oooo portal expansion, please! I'd love to see what Valve can concoct to make it multiplayer!
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    leon2006 , January 19, 2010 9:49 PM
    Bring it on...
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    kyeana , January 19, 2010 9:53 PM
    sinsearWhile this is true, one can also go too far in the opposite end of the spectrum *cough* Blizzard *cough*


    *cough* Duke Nukem Forever *cough*
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    bustapr , January 19, 2010 10:01 PM
    El_CapitanThat's great news! I don't want companies churning out half-ass games every year just to make more money. Make each game count and something special, or don't make it at all. There's too many games, and too little time to play them all.

    *cough* Guitar Hero *cough*
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    waffletronic , January 19, 2010 10:08 PM
    *cough *cough* *cough*
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    sinsear , January 19, 2010 10:09 PM
    bustapr*cough* Guitar Hero *cough*

    *cough* All sports games *cough*
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    thegreathuntingdolphin , January 19, 2010 10:12 PM
    I think the reason is pretty clear: Left 4 Dead 2. This is why I didn't want L4D2 to be made this last year. (I did want it made tho, maybe in another year or two. Possibly with a new Source engine). I want HL2:E3 so that Valve can move on to new stuff and then come out with HL3 with a new, baller engine. The Source engine will really be showing its age in 2011, and Valve will probably NOT use a new engine for Episode 3.
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    Anonymous , January 19, 2010 10:18 PM
    Looks like another swine flu pandemic is on the way
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    acecombat , January 19, 2010 10:20 PM
    RobiosEraBlack Mesa should be finished this year *fingers crossed*. Plus it will be free if you already own a Source Engine game!

    *Put's on robotic singing voice* Maybe Black Mesa? That was a joke, haha fat chance.
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    ColMirage , January 19, 2010 10:32 PM
    EP2 had the Orange Box excuse.
    EP3 better have a good excuse, too!
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    siuol11 , January 19, 2010 11:04 PM
    1) The source engine is already showing its age. (see: constant patches for any Valve game released in the last 2 years)
    2) Valve, unfortunately, seems to be going the Infinity Ward route and will try to release poor re-hashes of its original franchises until it looses most of its customers.
    3) If more people complained (see: L4D2 boycott) about shitty coding, perhaps they would bother to make a new engine. And by "new engine", I don't mean "Source patch 1000,1000,1000.1".
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    tacoslave , January 19, 2010 11:18 PM
    When i read the title i felt like a rectal thermometer was being shoved up my ass and being spun wildly.
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    maigo , January 20, 2010 12:04 AM
    They're making HL3 and didn't want to tell us (again)
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    AgentJTP9 , January 20, 2010 12:24 AM
    *sigh* This was pulled from the rumors section of the GI this month, so I could hardly call this a reliable article. Yet the gaming press doesn't have the training of real journalism to actually check sources. We may not get it this year, but my gut feeling is (yes a gut feeling) we will get SOMETHING out of E3 this year (A teaser trailer perhaps).
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    aletoil , January 20, 2010 1:00 AM
    Well, with the quality valve cranks out, the delays they have are usually ok. Im still waiting for a remake of WWF No Mercy and Duke Nukem forever, so for me, anything that comes out is cool. BTW, source engine is oldish, but it still does the job while running on a ton of configs. I dont mind "last gen" graphics one bit.
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