Gabe Newell Speaks Out About Half Life 3
Penny Arcarde recently sat down with Valve’s co-founder and managing director, Gabe Newell and asked him some questions about the gaming industry and the direction Valve is going in. They asked Gabe to take us through his typical day at Valve. During the interview Gabe talked about how Valve handles all of the new project ideas they come up with.
PA asked the following question:
Is there ever tension between all the different things that Valve is interested in doing?
Gabe Newell’s reply:
Oh absolutely. We’re acutely aware of how much we annoy our fans and it’s pretty frustrating to us when we put them into that situation. We try to go as fast as we can and we try to pick the things that we think are going to be most valuable to our customers and if there’s some magic way we can get more work done in a day then we’d love to hear about it, but we recognize that it’s been a long time whereas we have so many games that people really love–Counterstrike, Half Life, Portal, Left 4 Dead, not a whole lot of Ricochet enthusiasts out there, and at the same time we want to be making sure that those games and those stories and those characters are moving forward while also making sure that we don’t just get into terminal sequelitis.
But we’ve always somehow, you know, part of the reason that we backed off talking so much about what was happening in the future is that when we’ve done that in the past, you know, with Half Life 1 it was a year after we originally said it would be, Half Life 2 basically if you go and read the forum posts apparently took us fifty or sixty years to get done so we’re trying to be careful not to get people too excited and then have to go and disappoint them. So we’re sort of reacting in the other direction and saying “okay, well let’s have things a little more baked before we start getting people all excited about it.”
Unfortunately, Half Life fans are still left guessing if Half Life 3 is in development or not. According to this reply it sounds to me fans will not know about any new Half Life release until the game gets close to a release date. Valve appears to be working on other projects and exploring other methods to increase revenue. I think HL 3 is in the mindset of people over at Valve and eventually we shall see a third release. The real question is how far up on the priority list is Half Life 3?