This week Valve has soft-launched Source 2, also known as Source Engine 2, or the next generation of their engine for video games. This software is the base for the next generation of Valve games, very possibly ready for titles like Left 4 Dead 3, Team Fortress 3, and - though it may seem like a long-lost dream, Half-Life 3.
Counter-Strike co-creator Minh ‘Gooseman’ Le has done the unthinkable this week: he’s (sort of) confirmed Half-Life 3. Speaking on a goRGNtv interview - also embedded below - Gooseman was asked if he had any confirmation of Half-Life 3. As if this was a question that he’d simply be able to answer like it was no big deal.
It was expected that Portal would be released for NVIDIA SHIELD today on Android through the Google Play app store. It was not expected that NVIDIA and Valve would also release Half-Life 2. While NVIDIA did tease the possibility of Half-Life 2 for SHIELD last week, a grand effort appears to have been made to keep the game’s release to the mobile platform a secret.
Today NVIDIA has sent us a crowbar. This crowbar is green, and it has the text "What would Gordon do?" It has the Half-Life 2 logo on one side, and the NVIDIA SHIELD logo on the other - this means that Half-Life 2 is coming to NVIDIA SHIELD soon. We must assume that this has been in the works for some time - and that Valve’s Source Engine is working with ports of high-powered games very, very well.
If they didn't have the lock on the name before today, Valve certainly does now: Half-Life 3 has been entered in to trademark application with the European Union's Office of Harmonization for the Internal Market, for real. For those of you unfamiliar with the title, Half-Life 3 is a game that's been long-awaited, having seen massive success in its 2nd generation release and seeing so much legendary suggestion behind its release that it in itself has become an event worth waiting for. We've had tips on Half-Life 3 flowing in for years, if you'd like to know, while only the very smallest cross-section of rumors come to fruition. This is one of those times.
Fans of the Half-Life franchise have lived in a state of anguish for quite awhile now, ever-hoping for a game that seems to have become nothing more than mythos. Though some keep dropping teasing suggestions that Half-Life 3 has been confirmed, one faithful Valve voice actor has come forward to dash hopes and set the record straight: the game isn't being developed right now, he says.
In the latest update to Valve's classic sci-fi first-person shooter Half-Life 2, the developer added official support for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, making it the second game from Valve to support the new VR device, with Team Fortress 2 being the first game that received the green light.
During the keynote at the 2013 DICE Summit today, director J.J. Abrams and Valve CEO Gabe Newell sat on stage and discussed storytelling in video games and movies. However, what started off as a friendly critique of each others' work ended with the announcement that they are in talks to make a movie together based on either the Half-Life or Portal series.
The Internet loves a good Half-Life rumor, and this next one seems about as good as any. New images from the ill-fated Half-Life 2: Episode 4, otherwise known as Return to Ravenholm, have surfaced today, years and years after the game was canned. The title was in development at Arkane Studios, but in 2007, the project was left in the dust, so we're seeing these new images almost six years after the fact.
We've already been treated with Portal gun replicas, which are definitely amazing to say the least, but now it's time for some Half-Life goodies, and it turns out that the same toy company behind the Portal gun, Neca Online, is making Gravity Gun replicas as well. These will be 1:1 scale replicas and are said to release sometime in the spring of 2013.