With E3 just weeks away, every armchair prognosticator is making bets on just what will debut at the show. Nintendo’s going to announce Devil World 2 as a Wii U launch title! EA is going to willingly surrender its exclusive rights to the NFL so other people can make football games again! Sony is going to actually give The Last Guardian a release date! None of these things are going to happen. They are impossible. The world is a black and cruel place!
Know what else isn’t going to happen at E3? Valve is not going to announce Half-Life 3.
Speaking with Joystiq on Wednesday, Valve’s Doug Lombardi dashed hopes by saying, “We have no product announcements planned for this year’s show.”
Valve founder Gabe Newell told a forum member at ValveTime.net earlier this week, “We are not announcing anything at E3. Really. We are not announcing Half-Life 3 or Portal 3 or Left 4 Dead 3.” He went on to say that Valve would be at the expo to show off new goods like Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2, but that big sequels are simply not going to happen.
Which begs the question: Why do you hate us, Valve? Did we kick your dog? Ruin your bar mitzvah? Is there a good reason that you set Gordon Freeman off on a grand adventure only to spit in our faces when we demand to know how it concludes? If there were any justice in the world, it would be off to the Hague with you, Newell. You can the rest of your cronies at your utopian business!
That’s a joke of course. At the end of the day, it is better that Valve take their time to release something great rather than rush something out that’s of sub-standard quality.
Who knows though; Newell may very well be lying. While Valve didn’t resort to subterfuge for its last shock announcement at E3, said announcement was a dramatic about face in light of past development policy. Gabe Newell himself walked out on stage during Sony’s press conference in 2010 to announce that the PlayStation 3 version of Portal 2 would incorporate Steam functionality and offer cross-platform play with anyone using the PC version of the game. This came just two and a half years after Newell savaged Sony’s system in the press, calling the system a “disaster.” “I think (PlayStation 3) is a waste of everybody’s time. There’s nothing there that you’re going to apply to anything else. You’re not going to gain anything except a hatred of the architecture they’ve created.”
Valve has changed their minds before! Maybe Half-Life 3 will be at E3.