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What is Valve up to? (someone please ask them at E3)

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There has been some discussion about Valve next move, something like Valve going for a Left4Dead 2. I dont really know if that is a good idea, the game is still fairly "new" and just because it worked out the first time I dont really see the need for something more than a good patch (just like they are doing with TF2).
I would aslo feel someway robbed if they want to undergo production for a new Left4Dead... they should support more the actual game that is selling pretty well. So I dont really see them developing a new Left4Dead and I hope they are not, at least right now.

But the silence is so great around the Episode 3 of Half Life 2 that I found myself ashamed that I havent said anything yet about the final Episode of the Half Life 2 saga. Lets remember that Half Life 2 Episodes were supossed to be Half Life 3. Gabe Newell didnt want to wait 10 more years for another Half Life, so Valve come up with the Episode thing. On a personal note I can say that I dont dislike the idea since each Episode is not only brillant but has met the queality of the Valve games, but Im not a huge fan of series and "episodes", and I dont like waiting.
And wait is something we have done a lot.
On the other side the Episodes were not even released on a year to year basis, I mean, Episode 2 was released with the Orange Box and that was a very good deal since you were getting a LOT plus the Episode 2. So what is on store for Episode 3?

Once they were asked and they replied (but this was way back in 2008):
“We don’t know entirely what’s happening in the next episode, but we’re gonna figure it out!” he laughed.
“There are always things we want to do that we can’t because of the constraints of either the story or the arc we’ve laid out for the gameplay - or just time. So we shelve them and carry on. Ideas fly around here quite a bit, so we have this huge laundry list of things to try [from previous Half-Life 2 games] for the next thing… [Half-Life 2: Episode 3].”


The true is that we know nothing. Maybe Valve will hint something and I would ask them about it on E3 if I were going. I want to know what is going to happen. What are their plans for Episode 3? Is taking so long because they want more like a full game than a 6-8 hours episode? They want to go with a bang and then leave us another decade without a sequel?

Also Valve knows that the Source engine is finished, is time to move on with new technology and since they are a company on the edge of technology they are probably allready working with an alpha of the next engine. Is this going to be used for a Half Life 4? For all we know they can change their minds, scrap the Episode 3 idea and release it as Half Life 3 with a new engine.

At the end of the day I feel is going to be good anyway, the dedication and love that this company pours into their games is incredible.



Yeah, I know. I just feel that this post needs something else rather than just plain "words" that noone is going to read anyway.
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About Veltone of us since 11:54 PM on 05.31.2007

Iam a gammer from the harsh uruguayan jungle (we dont even have a jungle down here, too cold, go and do some wikipedia of Uruguay). I used to do a podcast in spanish about videogames at Radio LevelUp but I dont do it anymore... anyway those guys are there still making it so you can give it a try if you understand spanish
And i can say "�aca �aca �aca" and i know how to pronoaunce it well since im a spanish speaker, so Im a superior race.
A couple of idiots may find funny that I dont have good english grammar, but again, they are probably idiots since they only speak/write one language...

Most of my time in the internet is because of games. I love videogames so much that i sleep with my girlfriend and my ds, at the same time... i call that a "threesome" and my humor doesnt get anything better than that.
Mostly im a PC gamer, i was going to buy a 360 but faulty crappy hardware told me not to since if it goes RRoD here I would have lost my money, and as a man Im entitled to the sweat of my brow. I want to fuck the Wii and I believe the PS3 is going to be the first console in space.

In the "real" life (come on, internet now is part of our lives anyway...), I study medicine (takes a lot of time and I cant spend enough of my time playing videogames). Is not what you would call a marriage made in heaven, if I wanted to game more I should have sutdy something related to pc�s, but I grown surrounded by computers and stuff so I chose the bio stuff instead. Anyway, little time to play video games if you dont want my biographical shit.

And the main reasson I play games for the story behind them. I love well written stories like Half Life series, of course Portal (kind of a Valve fan). Other great games include World Of Warcraft (not currently playing, actually I was never hardcore, but I enjoyed the experience a lot), and of course the classics like System Shock 2. Other great titles had stuck with me over the years, classics adventure games like Monkey Island, Indiana Jones and Grim Fandango.

So, best game experiences:
Half Life 2 (and the original Half Life of course).
System Shock 2
Grim Fandango
Indiana Jones and the Fate Of Atlantis
Monkey Island

Links:
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My videogame blog in spanish
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