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.