Half-Life 2: Episode 3 Was Announced 10 Years Ago This Week

The waiting is the hardest part.

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A decade ago, Valve officially announced Half-Life 2: Episode Three. Gamers are still waiting for Valve to deliver.

Polygon reminds us that on May 24, 2006, Valve confirmed that the third Half-Life 2 episode update was in development. At the time, it only said that it would be the last "in a trilogy...that will conclude by Christmas of 2007."

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Half-Life has been dormant for more than seven years now, with Half-Life 2: Episode Two having been released in 2007. Fans have been awaiting news of a sequel for years, but with Valve's propensity for taking its time--not to mention the lack of any official indication that a new Half-Life is in development--it's unclear what the franchise's status is.

In 2012, Valve boss attempted to explain the wait for the next Half-Life game.

"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 said at the time.

Valve added support for the Oculus Rift VR headset to Half-Life 2 in 2013. In March this year, HTC chairwoman Cher Wang offered an ambiguous statement: "We are cooperating with Half-Life, and I think... I hope, you know, it will be on it." She quickly walked back that comment, saying , "I misspoke when I referred to our working together with Valve on a particular game," according to the BBC.

For now, fan videos like the one here and this frustratingly excellent unofficial trailer are all we have to hold us over. You can also read Polygon's rundown of what's been said about the long-dormant new Half-Life episode here .

Are you still holding out hope for a new Half-Life? Let us know in the comments below!

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slackrabbit

This sums it up!

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JimmyCos

There's a whole new generation of kids now that haven't even played Half-Life. Man, i'm old.

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waelse1

Sheridan: "But I can hope."

Lorien: "Hope is all we have."

- Babylon 5

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skemaal

There will never be an episode 3. If there anything from HL2 left it will be implemented in HL3......if it ever comes out.

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bookfan8780

I think they've missed the boat. All this hype for HL 1 and 2 will mean nothing to people like me who never played those games back when they were relevant. I wouldn't play them NOW unless they were graphically remastered. I'm not a complete graphics snob, but there are some games, even from the early to mid 2000s, which do NOT age well, and I think HL 1 and 2 would be such games.

So I think the question becomes, if they release HL 3, would it give them a return on investment?

I think the smart thing to do would be to release a remastered collection of HL 1 and 2 with updated graphics to help rebuild the hype for a new generation of gamers, THEN announce and release HL 3. Or better yet, bundle a remastered HL 1 and 2 WITH a collector's edition of HL 3, so gamers like me can play the whole trilogy with just one purchase.

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skippert

Dont feed the hypetrain. Hypetrains ruin games. What is this Half-Life you speak of?

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jyml8582

"Why spend money developing an uncertainty when we're already raking in millions of dollars from Steam?" a member from Valve's board of directors said.

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Nabinator

If it hasn't happened already, then it's not releasing at all. And if Valve truly do release it years down the line, then that's just shitty on their part. It would show they're disorganized. Which is why I doubt it is coming. That ship has sailed.

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couly

The Orange Box is probably the greatest ever release. Such a shame there is no news on HL3

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JimmyCos

@couly: amazing compilation, the last physical game i bought

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SkyHighGam3r

@couly: Why? It's just a compilation disc. They've been doing that since the NES.

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yogibbear

@skyhighgam3r: Wrong. Orange Box was the original release of Half-Life 2 Ep 2, Portal & Team Fortress 2 on PC. They were not sold separately until later.

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SkyHighGam3r

@yogibbear: Ok? That doesn't make what I said wrong at all. It's still a compilation disc.

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couly

@skyhighgam3r: yeah but I never played any at the time.

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Badsleepwalker

At this time, they probably need to release remasters of hl1, blueshift,opposing force , hl2 and the episodes in the new engine that hl3 is possibly being developed in. To get the newer younger audiences in the loop of freemans adventure from being a new lab assistant to being used by fate or the g-man to stop invasions/rifts from the combine and xen universe.

Edit: even though blueshift and opposing force didn't directly involve Freeman, they were still great and tied in well enough.

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luert

@badsleepwalker: in my opinion valve simply don't care about half life anymore because it's a far too touchy argument, considering they own steam wich is having quite nice games for sale if we count the ones wich sells a lot, and the money they make out of dota, why in the nice hells would they take the time to make another game wich is on a touchy zone, I'd love to get half life back, but it's quite hopeless, this is the kind of games that goes in cesspole(however you write it) because it takes more effort than it's actually worth it, it's like gothic as the game, piranha is keeping the copyright so no one can try a remake to fix it, it's really bad when you gather a lot of fans on a game and you don't have ideas of your own or don't need to keep up as you do this more for the money than for the passion, simply put valve purpose is different than making games at the moment, this is MY IDEA but I don't think my ideas is far off from the truth as I haven't seen valve trying to make new different games instead of supporting the already existing ones + steam of course, this is also something wich can happen when a team becomes a larger company wich run things on it's own and no longer needs to worry about expire date or such because they have a stable income from other sources (=

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SkyHighGam3r

@badsleepwalker: As long as they actually explain some of the story.

The beginning of half-life 2 is completely baffling...

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Badsleepwalker

@skyhighgam3r: true, going into hl2 without playing through hl1 WOULD be baffling.

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luert

@badsleepwalker: Hl1 didn't explain evrything about this deal with the mysterious man, after having gone to half life 3 or 4 things would've become deeper and clearer but it all went apart with half life 2 failing due to having need of more time and resources than the game was letting them have

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XIntoTheBlue

@luert: Resources isn't the issue. Perhaps it was when HL2 was still new and shiny, but Steam has brought them well more than enough resources.

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luert

@XIntoTheBlue: yeah, though in the end it might've been better to have made an half life 3 together instead of 3 split up episodes, also they could still fix it up if they wanted to, but I doubt they care, as I said below they haven't produced any new games just supporting what they already have

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SkyHighGam3r

@badsleepwalker: What? Finishing HL1 didn't clear anything up at all lol.

Why are you just planted on this train? What is this city? Who are the combine? What's going on in the world? They don't explain anything at all!

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luert

@skyhighgam3r: you learn evrything you need to know later on as you speak to some other npc, I can understand the feeling of being at loss but it's also way not to spoil things ahead of time as it would give off a number of things wich will happen next

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Badsleepwalker

@skyhighgam3r: when I first played hl2, the opening sequence had the gman "waking gordan up as hes needed again" (end of hl1 ended in a flash, like how the gman moved around/portals opened)

Immediately off the bus, people say things like "hey, you're new here I didn't see you in the bus" . The lines and police state plus run down buildings with high tech alien looking locks, laser/force field walls give the game an immediate feeling of the need to fight back against whatever oppressor is doing this. Which you learn over time throughout the game.

My opinion on the start of the game though. Others may have not spent time like I did talking to every npc, teasing the combine soldiers into stun batoning you, reading the posters and stuff.

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bluebird08

I want portal 3.

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SkyHighGam3r

@bluebird08: Why can't I like this more than once???

Portal was so much fun...

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Badsleepwalker

@bluebird08: In VR!

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bluebird08

Half life is the single most over rated game series of all time. I played and really liked half life 2, but it is so over rated.

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skippert

@bluebird08: I think your mind would think differently if you were born just a little earlier and played these games when they first came out. I know I was amazed in 98 when I first played HL...

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carsomnyr

@bluebird08: You can pretty much tell that for every single classic if you look at them by todays standarts. Reality is Half Life took the genre to a whole new level.

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Mevrick

@bluebird08: Half Life isn't that impressive by today's standards, but back in 1998 it revolutionized every single aspect of action and storytelling in an action game.
Almost every shooter that came after it used the same mechanics as it did, making it genre defining.

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SkyHighGam3r

@bluebird08: In today's context. Yes.

It was pretty impressive when the first one came out, and then the second one was just as fun with some upgrade. I loved them, and their still good... but dear god people need to chill out about them haha.

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koospetoors

@bluebird08: k

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sebbysebbseb

@koospetoors: Gintama !

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aretilda

I wish they would at least just give us a remaster, remaster everything Half Life and put it into one box.

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rasterror

@aretilda: Especially an orange with two other great games.

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onionking108

The longer they wait, the harder it will be to live up to expectations...so I have pretty much given up. Still plenty of amazing games out there, so I won't stay sad for too long lol.

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Nero3068

@onionking108: Yeah, totally agree. Half Life's got a reputation so the longer it takes for the game to come out, the higher the expectation people will have of the game. I think at this point on, it is unlikely they can release a masterpiece sequel that the fans is hoping for. However, Half Life has never had a bad game before so if they do eventually come out with a sequel that will conclude the story from episode 2, I will be happy to play it. But like you, I am not waiting for it or anything because indeed, there are many great games out there. Back to Uncharted for me.

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onionking108

@nero3068: me too lol. I think I've just reached the end of the game. loved it so far

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rab103

I we've all realised by now that this will never happen no matter what.

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R4gn4r0k

Ain't happening

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Redrivar

no.

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SkyHighGam3r

I gave up on this years ago.

Valve made 2 great games over 10 years ago... buuuuuut that's basically it.

I'm not holding my breathe for more.

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onionking108

@skyhighgam3r: if you did you'd definitely be very dead,

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SkyHighGam3r

@onionking108: That's even worse than a little dead :P lol

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kingjeremy77

I gave up waiting for it years ago. We Gamers want it, but that doesn't mean well ever get it.

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carsomnyr

I am adding it to my will so when it comes out my great grand children can play it next to my grave..

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Exceed20XX

And the legend continues.
Jokes asides, Shenmue 3 and Doom happened after all this time. Hell, System Shock had its IP issues finally resolved and has a full remake and sequel underway. Seemingly impossible things can happen still so Half-Life 3/Ep.3 could still be a thing someday.

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smokerob79

i want half life 3.....not a episode