Everyone Wants That HL3.txt Reference in Dota to be About Half-Life 3

hl3.txt = confirmed?

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As discovered by the Steam Database Twitter, a recent update to Dota 2 included a number of files that reference things like an RPG, ziplines, and procedural spawning. The most intriguing file with obvious half-life implications is titled hl3.txt, which has lines like:

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  • "Attribute.prop_zipline.max_ride_speed"
  • "NPCs that are in the same squad (i.e. have matching squad names) will share information about enemies, and will take turns attacking and covering each other."
  • "A permanent squad member cannot leave the player\'s squad unless killed or explicity removed by entity I/O. Only use this if you\'re sure you want to override the default AI."
  • "If you want your citizens to squad with the player but not obey commands the player gives to move the squad, put a concept here and this citizen will speak the concept instead of obeying the order."

If you don't want to pull the files from Dota yourself, you can find the full uploads here:

Are any of this a reference to possible features in Half-Life 3, and were the files just "accidentally" dropped into a Dota 2 update?

Probably not.

But judging by the number of "It's Happening" (and "It's Not Happening") gifs on the Internet right now, everyone still wants to believe.

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come on this will never happen, at this point HL 3 has become a cult of some sort, but we know valve doesn't need to release the game anyhow and they've put it behind their back, with the games they have now I'm pretty sure they're doing quite well and having come to this point it makes me say this, why would they need to work on such a dangerous game when they already have evrything they need, why should they dirty their hands and risk getting bitten by the rapid dogs for almost nothing, so unless valve becomes sadistic, this will never happen

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**** Valve & ALLAH.

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crappy valve just want to promote more hype for HypleLife 3.

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the HL3 game will never get out.. maybe a book or comic to satisfy fans, but nothing more

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I think even Valve doesn't know what to do for a Half Life 3 game, I mean, with so much expectation and fake hype (because the game hasn't ever been announced) they can screw it up in epic proportions and be hated for the rest of their lives or become beloved and idolized when they finally announce it, this double edged weapon called Half Life 3 would require a lot of planning and an almost flawless execution (programming). I'm pretty sure Valve just doesn't feel like they would be able to pull off something like that.

Meanwhile, I stopped caring about these "IS IT REVEALED!!??" news since years ago, if they announce it I will be happy because I loved the hell out of the first 2 games and their expansions, but if they don't announce it ever (which seems most likely, given Valve's trend to stop all sequels after "2") it's like: well, bad luck. There are lot of games which should have sequels but they didn't and are now forgotten.

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Gabe said like last year that they weren't even working on it right now, they were in the past and it got scrapped.

So even if this was some sort of tease, HL3 wont be out for 3 years at least, probably even more with Valve Time.

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Again - who cares? No one.

Literally the only people who care about HL3 are people who never heard of Valve or Half-Life until 2004 and didn't play the original game in 1998 when it came out. The rest of us never cared about the game much in the first place other than its everlasting engine, which was the second coming of Jebus for PC gaming, same with the Source.

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@ughz: And again, but this time in English...

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@Slannmage: I'm sure you thought this comment was clever but, maybe you can try again?

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@ughz: You're a fucking moron, read your comment it makes no sense.

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@Slannmage: It actually makes perfect sense. I suggest getting hooked on phonics, sir.

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If Valve wants VR to be a hit they need to make HL3 for it and exclusive to Steam.

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This sounds like HL3 might actually be coming. Soon?

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Valve can't count past 2. They stop everything at two. Think about it. HL2, ep2, portal 2, left 4 dead 2, "dota 3 doesn't make sense", team fortress 2, day of defeat 2, counter strike 2... It's insane.

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@Intellijosh: They never made a Day of defeat 2 or counterstrike 2. Those had source interations with the word source tagged onto the end, but the games themselves weren't sequels nor did they make any changes. Unless you count removing all the good gameplay elements from DoD a change. And technically there are 5 counterstrikes.

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@ughz: DOD: Source was in a weird position.

CS: Source was a pure 1:1 conversion of the old game to the new engine

TF2 was a full sequel.

DOD: Source was both and neither at the same time. It changed elements of the original game, but there was also a lot more content in the original game.

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@R4gn4r0k: No, it actually wasn't. As someone who played CS beta and CS1.6 since the day they released, I'm telling you: Source isn't a 1:1 conversion.

They took out literally all game modes except CS and DE, for one thing. They also took out shields, and they took out vehicles. And most of the good maps.

DODS was and is a complete joke. They took out Paratrooper game mode, and brits and fallschirmjager along with it. MG34, Bar bipod, fg42, greasegun, bren, sten, webley, enfield, bren bipod, british grenade all going bye as well. They also kept the rocket launchers, which existed previously in DOD to blow up objectives on objective based maps. Valve took 100% of those maps out of the game when they released Source, yet left the rocket launchers in.

Then they shoved in shitty rehashes of the paratrooper maps like dod_jagd as if they were the same thing.

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@ughz: Not counting expansions, thought that would be obvious seeing as how their not main additions... 'sides, my point's been made.

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Half-Life 3 will require you to play an elderly, wheelchair-bound Gordon Freeman as he navigates the ever-increasingly handicapped unfriendly streets of City 17 to reach the Social Security office to pick up his check.

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IS IT REALLY happening HL3 is coming ....

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HL2 changed the game for FPS SP games.

Until Valve comes something that could be that influential, there's zero reason for them to assume the risk of a possible dud in HL3.

It's really that simple.

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@Richardthe3rd: So much this. Valve was at the front of FPS tech with HL2. The physics engine was nice. The gunplay was nice. It did things story wise that were new. Now? Valve took too long. Open world shooter? Already done. Open world shooter/rpg hybrid? Done. Story focused shooter? Done MUCH better than HL2. Graphics showcase shooter? Meet Crysis, Crysis 2, and Crysis 3.

Until Valve comes up with something good to make HL3 stand apart from the masses of FPS games that exist today, they won't make the game.

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@Donut0389: New things storywise? No.

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there was totally a halflife reference in what i just flushed down the toilet.

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Come on guys. Let's put down that torch we've all been carrying for HL3. Stop getting super excited every time someone "finds" and email about it, stop expecting it at every E3. We're only hurting ourselves. She's gone man, and she's never coming back.

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I haven't heard a plausible explanation for the content of those text files in DOTA 2 that doesn't involve Valve developing Half Life 3. So... ITS CONFIRMED!!

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LOL OMG he looks like Luke Skywalker !!!


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valve loves to trololololololol

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"Everyone Wants That HL3.txt Reference in Dota to be About Half-Life 3"

I don't.

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HL3 and L4D 3 are in development. Look closely. HL3 & L4D 3 in development using new Source engine..

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@soulfulDAGGER: This isn't an official group

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It's likely just Valve trolling everybody

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@Marky360: Nope.

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@soulfulDAGGER:

No it's definitely just Valve trolling everybody Half-Life 3 is no happening any time soon.

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Stop trolling us, Valve! It's not funny any more. It's downright tragic. Of course Valve doesn't owe anything to Half-Life fans, but would it be so hard to at least release a graphic novel or something to wrap up the story? Because I'm pretty sure HL-3 is vapourware (although it was never announced).

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@funkyzoom: Turns out Gordon was just hit in the head during the lambda incident. The aliens never invaded earth, the 7-hour war never happened, it was all inside Gordon's head.

The end.

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Nice one! You managed to give the story a logical ending!

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@funkyzoom:

True that man I just wanna see what's next for Gardon Vance and Dr.Mossman especially with Eli meeting his unfortunate demise.

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@Marky360: I was unaware that HL had WWI content:

http://www.ancestry.ca/genealogy/ww1-canadian-soldiers/Gardon-Vance.html

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@Marky360:

You're right! I'm tried of this HL3 crap. Let them at least wind up the story and be done with it. We can always consider the series as an unfinished epic.

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valve doesn't give a damn about you or your hl3 dreams... get over it. valve is so far gone from being the developer they once were that they likely wouldn't even get their hands dirty with hl3 and would instead outsource it to turtle rock. how could a sequel even remotely live up to your expectations? even an above average game would result in bitter disappointment and resentment from the community. you know this. i know this. valve knows this. why bother?

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