Valve Working on Secret TF2 Project; Fans Want HL3

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.

  • ananthu123
    We want HL3! #OccupyValve
  • maigo
    Valve kept HL2 secret totally for how many years?
  • alidan
    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)
    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.
  • amuffin
  • 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.
  • Hax0r778
    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. (
  • _Pez_
    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?
  • thechief73
    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.
    TF2 sucks. No wonder it's FtP. It's meant for teenagers.
  • may1
    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.