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NRA GOP Jul 31, 2014 @ 9:06pm
It would be hard for Valve to make Half Life 3
All their recent games were focused on coop or competitive multiplayer... I really don't think they can compete in the single player games market anymore. In order for Valve to make a Half Life 3 they have to make a game like the FPS games currently on the market, and to me that just seems silly. Imagine Valve making a Halo 3. I don't think they can do that. Not to mention that the graphics would probably look quite odd. A lot of the models in Half Life 2 looked really bizarre; for example, the Combine buglike vehicles and the aliens. I have trouble imagining what they will look like if they updated the graphics. It's like trying to draw a child's random sketches in a realistic way when you are grown up.

I'm not saying it is impossible but to me it seems very hard. The gaming industry has moved on and changed significantly since the release of Half Life 2, and Valve itself has changed a lot, moving towards multiplayer games. Especially considering all the hype Half Life 3 is getting, I think it would be really hard for Valve to live up to people's expectations.
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Ingsoc Aug 8, 2014 @ 6:30pm 
I really don't see how this is a valid concern. Compare the original Half-Life to Half-Life 2, where you see an enormous seachange in graphics quality; in that case, Valve were able to update models and such from one game to the next and really do them justice (compare the head crabs from both games, for example).

On the broader point about multiplayer, well, unless the entire staff at Valve have experienced some form of collective amnesia and literally forgotten what a single player game is...then, yeah, I really don't see this as a concern.

It's worth bearing in mind that although Half-Life 2: Episode Two came out a long time ago, games like Portal 2 (which was utterly sublime) have been released since then. Valve haven't forgotten how to make single player games, this just hasn't been their focus for a while, at least in terms of released content.

I am sure (and, in fact, we know by what Gabe has said) that Valve have been working on other stuff behind the scenes for quite some time, but that "stuff" has been through multiple changes in direction (and thus, Valve haven't spoken publicly about it).
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Date Posted: Jul 31, 2014 @ 9:06pm
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