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In an interview with GTTV, Gabe Newell shares some information about Episode Three and an “Oranger Box”:

GTTV: Episode 3. What do we know about it? What can you tell us?

Gabe: From our point of view there’s enough newness in there that we want to sort of spring it on people and say “here’s a bunch of things you’ve never seen before” — we have multiple of those.

GTTV: And that’s graphically, or in terms of the gameplay, or…

Gabe: There’s stuff that visually hasn’t been in games before and there’s certainly a bunch of game elements on the order of Portal, that have never been done before.

GTTV: So even better than the portal gun?

Gabe: Oh yeah.

GTTV: Really? New gameplay paradigms?

Gabe: Uh-huh. I think that we’re really happy with how the Orange Box did, and we’d do an Oranger Box next time, certainly.


There will be no new Half-Life in 2010 according to the February edition of Game Informer magazine. Specifically they said: “Everyone wants to know when the next installment of Valve’s Half-Life is coming out, but answering that question isn’t easy. Loose Talk has learned that there won’t be any game from the franchise in 2010, and what will finally come out is still unknown. Will it be Half-Life 2: Episode Three? Or will it be a full-on Half-Life 3? If it’s the latter, we suspect that it might be a few years.”

A lambda shaped vein and a “3” shaped hand is visible in a Team Fortress 2 Saxton Hale Comic from 2009. The graphic also says a few things that could hypothetically apply to Half-Life: “All your questions answered!”, “The comic the government demanded we publish!”, and “The comic they told us should be Free!” [as in Freeman] These could all be coincidences but after years of no official information, it’s easy to see things that may not really be there.

In an interview with Edge magazine, Gabe says “I feel like we’ve gotten away from genuinely scaring the player more than I’d like, and it’s something we need to think about, in addition to broadening the emotional palette we can draw on.”

In another interview with Edge magazine, Gabe mentions that he wants Gordon Freeman to remain as “an arm and a crowbar” and has no good reason to make him speak.

Steam User’s Forum member StickZer0 discovers Episode Three code in the Alien Swarm SDK. The code includes: “Ep3 Blob Shake Position”, “Ep3 Blob Fire Cover Position”, “Ep3 Blob Brain Cover Position”, “Ep3 Blob Brain Regenerate Position”, “Ep3 Blob Spit Position”, “Ep3 Blob Spawn Regenerator Position”, and “Aperture: Nest”.

In an interview published by CVG, Valve’s VP of Marketing Doug Lombardi stated: “We hate to make you wait. But we have no announcements regarding Mr. Freeman or his ongoing adventures at this time”

Valve’s Doug Lombardi confirms more Half-Life is coming. “We are not done with Gordon Freeman’s adventures. I have nothing other than that to tell you today, but hang in there with us.” He also says: “We’ve been really, really fortunate and been able to work on things that we truly are interested in working on. We haven’t sort of ever, you know, flip the bit and said ‘well, let’s just make fancier versions of Half-Life for the rest of our lives and collect all the money.’ We’ve actually done the opposite – sometimes to our fans chagrin.” (@11m)

Journalist Geoff Keighley reveals “Portal 2 will probably be Valve’s last game with an isolated single-player experience,” and “What this all means is something [Gabe] Newell is still trying to figure out.” in “The Final Hours Of Portal 2”.

Gabe clarifies that “no more single player games” means “single-player plus” with added social features. (@11m13s)

It's been XXXX days since Gordon was last seen. #WhereIsGordon

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