Valve On Half-Life 3 Rumors: ‘This Is The Community Trolling The Community’

Valve On Half-Life 3 Rumors: ‘This Is The Community Trolling The Community’

Every popular video game has its following of wishful thinkers, wannabe designers, and straight-up trolls. None has more hard at work on the next title than Half Life 3. And they’ve been very busy lately.

There is, of course, this total fakey-fake-mcfakerson website, a goldmine of cognitive dissonance that’s not even registered to Valve. Then there was this brilliantly unconfirmable pile of horse dung, later debunked and then disavowed by the friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend who heard from a friend at Valve that Gabe Newell had “authorized” certain people to start leaking about Half Life 3.

That hasn’t stopped the I-Want-to-Believe Crowd, so late last night, Valve’s Chet Faliszek, co-writer on the last two Half-Lifes (and of Portal 2) did the humane thing and took everyone’s hope out behind the woodpile and shot it.

“You are being trolled. There is no ARG,” Faliszek wrote. “There has been no directive from Gabe to leak anything. That is all false.”

Faliszek also specifically debunked the idea that this speech by Wheatley, the Portal 2 AI, in the Spike Video Game Awards a couple weeks ago, contained all sorts of hints and clues and teasers that Half-Life 3 was coming in 2012. “Wheatley’s speech was set in Portal 2 fiction — that is all.” he said.

Yeah, well, maybe Gabe authorised him to say that, right? Right? Well, Gaming Bolt pinged Gabe about it. (You can too, I guess; he answers his own email). Answer: No.

People have got to realise how far they’ve sunk to self-parody here — and I’m not talking about the trolls, I’m talking about the believers. Every year, it seems, we have some crackpot troll tell us he’s parsed some new sample of numerology and derived the date of the end of the world; and every year it never fucking happens. Not that I want it to, unlike Half-Life 3. But this process has an analogue in Half-Life 3. Every year people create bullshit websites and issue phony proclamations that the day is coming. And it never does.

“I just want to say this so there is no confusion,” Faliszek wrote. “This is the community trolling the community nothing more. While it is nice to see people excited about anything HL, I hate seeing people be trolled like this.”

Chet Faliszek from Valve puts an end to all Half-Life 3 Rumours [Gaming Bolt]


    • If the game was poorly made, had unlikable characters, terrible story, or simply wasn’t fun, I’m sure people could.

      Fact is it’s an amazing game and ended on one of the biggest cliffhangers in gaming history. Had it ended with HL2’s ending (with no link to Portal, with no teases about learning more of G-Man) I wouldn’t be anywhere near as desiring another entry in the series.

  • People read into things far more than they should. I wonder if Half Life 3 will ever be released, there’s just so much hype and a crushing amount of expectation behind it that I doubt it will ever live up to what anyone think it would be like.

    • I don’t think anyone has many expectations. Any fan of Half Life knows that the next installment will be like the previous. It may look better and play a little smoother but we aren’t gonna see drastic change (if it is released). They focus on getting the player to use his/her brain. Games like Portal, Demon/Dark Souls, Half Life, Elder Scrolls rarely revolutionizes the game but only provide a worthy successor to the but still keeping the same tight formula.

  • People just need to sit on the right level, somewhere between ‘Hell yes, I can’t wait to see HL3!’ and ‘It’s done, when it’s done’. There’s no point in trying to push a games release, just sit back, relax, and if it happens, it happens. P.S. I want to be headcrabbed as much as the next guy…

    • Hell yes! I want to see Half Life 3 when it’s done!
      Honestly, I think the extended development time is due to Valve biting the bullet and realising they want to have HL as their revolution machine.
      The source engine is ageing and I think they decided they could weither put out a good game and story on the current engine or build something more memorable and striking.
      They also had TF2 and Portal to develop to prove they were bigger than Half Life.

  • Of course theres a Ep3.
    And I guarantee that to some degree its in development. It has been since Ep2.
    Its all about timing.

  • Newell: “Yes that’s it, troll each other to death, and we crush your hopes and dreams and deny any leaks, then BAM CES 2012 we catch you off guard. Muahahaha”

  • “Stop Trolling Yourself! Stop Trolling Yourself! Stop Trolling Yourself!”

    – Gabe slapping a baby with the hands of said baby

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