Could Half-Life 3 be unveiled at Gamescom this week?

A certain PDF file has been making the rounds this morning. It’s from the website of German gaming convention Gamescom, and it lists the games expected to make an appearance at the show later this week. As Joystiq reports, folks have been particularly excited about one of the titles listed on the last page:

See it? Sixth from the bottom. Yes, it does say Half-Life 3.

Some are taking this as evidence of the game’s imminent unveiling. However, there are several good reasons not to get too excited about this info. The first one is the fine print at the top of the PDF file, which states, according to Google translate, "Please note the source: exhibitors, games media, internet, forums, blogs. Information subject to change." In other words, the information could have come from absolutely anywhere; there’s no guarantee it’s accurate.

Second, Gamescom’s organizers came out and told Eurogamers that the listings for Half-Life 3 and Dragon Age 3 were "a mistake." However, they refused to answer Eurogamer’s follow-up question about why the games were listed to begin with. Hmm.

Third, the guys at Lambda Generation pulled up the same PDF file in the LinkedIn profile of someone associated with Gamescom last month, and they actually got a statement from Valve’s Doug Lombardi. "We will have the Steam team there to meet with developers and publishers. No game showing planned," Lombardi said.

It’s still possible, despite everything, that Half-Life 3 will be announced at Gamescom this week. Perhaps, though the listings were put up accidentally, they aren’t inaccurate—only premature. Maybe the game won’t be showed at Gamescom, only announced there, making Lombardi’s statement true. The evidence seems to be against it, though.

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    • Malphas
    • 7 years ago

    For something as highly anticipated as HL3, even most of the Gamescom organisers would be left out of the loop as to what Valve was presenting, and official documents would probably only list the entry under some vague term or codename.

    • Jingles
    • 7 years ago

    Stop trolling us Cyril!

    • GeorgeMichael
    • 7 years ago

    Wait a minute, there’s going to be Dragon Age 3…HOLY SHI@#$$$%#$%@#%@ Sooooo HYPED

      • Madman
      • 7 years ago

      Not if it’s a console crap like DA2. DA1 was amazing, DA2 was crap.

      Then again, there will be Baldurs Gate 1 remake soon. That’s very DA1 like.

      • connerdmc
      • 7 years ago

      Bioware is working on Dragon Age 3. I have it from a reliable source.

        • Corrado
        • 7 years ago

        Bioware has lost a lot of street cred after the ME3 ending debacle.

          • SPOOFE
          • 7 years ago

          Bioware has made a lot of money despite the ME3 ending debacle.

    • DeadOfKnight
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Could Half-Life 3 be unveiled at Gamescom this week?[/quote<] No

    • brucethemoose
    • 7 years ago

    Valve will quietly release HL3 this week, then sit back as the chaos ensues.

      • kvndoom
      • 7 years ago

      If there’s one single game that would set sales records with zero advertising investment, this is it.

        • Madman
        • 7 years ago

        Why? Few people remember what HL2 was about.

        IIRC, it was half baked from story point of view, and released in the previous century. There are better retro game remakes coming up. Baldurs Gate being one of them.

        And from modern games, I think Far Cry 3 will be a lot more interesting.

          • Myrmecophagavir
          • 7 years ago

          Previous century?!

          • Pettytheft
          • 7 years ago

          Shhhh. Don’t blaspheme the Holy Church of Valve. I doubt they’ll hit Blizzard levels with sales. The game does have a very rabid, vocal fanbase though. All of which will buy the game multiple times through pre-orders, sales and bundled packs.

            • Bensam123
            • 7 years ago

            Yeah… Blizzard had a really big marketing budget though and so many people blindly bought SC2 and D3 simply because of WoW. Valve doesn’t have a WoW going for them… About the last notable thing they released was Portal 2 and that was sorta niche.

            • BobbinThreadbare
            • 7 years ago

            TF2 and Counterstrike are widely played.

            • Bensam123
            • 7 years ago

            Mm… but you believe the fanboism for Valve products is on the same level of Blizzard? Having tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of players playing your game each day isn’t the same as tens of millions.

          • Bensam123
          • 7 years ago

          Going to agree with this as far as the Why.

          HL may be legendary for people that know about it, but HL is quite old. Most people would learn about it through Steam just like every other game out there and they wouldn’t get new sales from people who don’t know about the HL series.

            • Madman
            • 7 years ago

            I kinda wonder if HL2 was actually better than HL1.

            I remember HL1 was amazing because marines had a great AI at that time, and the story was thought out. The expansions where you were playing as a marine were very funny, and merged with the main story very well.

            But HL2 seemed like a motorboat/buggy game with no story.

            [url<]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slRsexrhbG8[/url<]

            • SPOOFE
            • 7 years ago

            [quote<]But HL2 seemed like a motorboat/buggy game with no story.[/quote<] Please, there's more story in the graffiti dotting HL2's levels than there is in the entirety of 90% of modern games combined.

    • danny e.
    • 7 years ago

    The real question is: Will Duke Nukem Forever be released sometime this decade?

      • Meadows
      • 7 years ago

      Pardon me?

      • Scrotos
      • 7 years ago

      But will Duke Nukem run Crysis?!?

      • internetsandman
      • 7 years ago

      Yes it will, and until HL3 gets released it’ll be the most popular and highly reviewed game of all time, meeting or exceeding every expectation of every fanboy and critic alike

      Unless you live in reality, that is

      • Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
      • 7 years ago

      The 2000’s called, they want their running gag back.

    • DeadOfKnight
    • 7 years ago

    Double post.

    • DeadOfKnight
    • 7 years ago

    I find it hard to believe that HL3 would be shown while DOTA 2 and CS:GO would not be.

    • muontrack
    • 7 years ago

    I would have thought episode 3 would be out before half life 3…. Woo!?

      • superjawes
      • 7 years ago

      If HL3 is indeed on a release track, then it will pick up where HL2:E2 left off (mainly because it has been so damn long since E2).

      • Farting Bob
      • 7 years ago

      Valve put itself into a tough situation as it’s scared of the number 3 but whatever HL game is coming next is probably going to have to include a 3 in there somewhere. This makes Gabe uncomfortable.

        • superjawes
        • 7 years ago

        Oh wow…very nice observation there, but it goes beyond HL, as all the major Valve games (Team Fortress, Left 4 Dead, Portal) are stuck in Number 2 purgatory (::snicker::).

        Almost makes you want them to release a quick, lackluster E3 to follow up with a good HL3…

          • BobbinThreadbare
          • 7 years ago

          They avoided this by only having one numbered CS and it was 1.6.

            • superjawes
            • 7 years ago

            True, I forgot about CS…never played it, either.

          • AustinW
          • 7 years ago

          Maybe they’re working on an epic Team Fortress/Half-Life/Portal/L4D crossover simply titled “3”.

          One can always dream, no?

            • superjawes
            • 7 years ago

            Left 4 Dead with portal guns, gravity guns, and hats?

            OH MY GOD.

        • Chrispy_
        • 7 years ago

        If they get sequelophobia they can do what EA do and call it Half life: Modern Warfare

          • Scrotos
          • 7 years ago

          Call of Half-Life Warfare: Modern Duty!

      • Krogoth
      • 7 years ago

      Ep3 became HL3.

      It is painfully obvious. Valve has been working on it all this time. Portal, L4D and TF2 are just PR fronts that were helping to prevent details on HL3 from being leaked out.

    • yogibbear
    • 7 years ago

    Clearly… JUST DANCE 4 … OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG I HAVE WAITED TOOOOOO LONG TO TASTE THE SWEET NECTAR OF YOUR BEAUTY AND AMAZING QUITENSENTIAL AWESOMENESSS!!!!!!

      • Farting Bob
      • 7 years ago

      Hip Hop Dance Experience is going to be way better!!!

    • Philldoe
    • 7 years ago

    Well I was visiting my future self in hell yesterday, it did feel a bit on the cold side…

    • Mourmain
    • 7 years ago

    *FAINTS*

    I can’t believe that, finally, Just Dance 4 is coming out!

    • chµck
    • 7 years ago

    Is it just me or does it look slightly misaligned? It’s a little too close to the top of it’s box.

      • Shambles
      • 7 years ago

      Agreed, the other capital L’s look more centred.

    • Deanjo
    • 7 years ago

    Let’s just hope with Gabe’s new found love for linux that Valve simultaneously releases HL3 for all the platforms. It is the only way that a person is going to get a good idea of what the various platform markets look like.

      • nico1982
      • 7 years ago

      Yeah, I can’t wait to have Xcode on one screen and HL3 running on the other 😛

        • PenGun
        • 7 years ago

        What will that do for you?

      • torquer
      • 7 years ago

      I loved Half Life and Half Life 2, but HL3 has been in development so long I hope it doesn’t end up like another Duke Nukem.

      Anyone else tired of the “its ready when its ready” stuff? Yeah make a quality product but maybe spend less time offering opinions on OS development and making funny hats in TF2.

        • Beelzebubba9
        • 7 years ago

        To be fair, it’s the ‘When it’s done’ mentality that got us the elegance and attention to detail of the original Half-Life and its successor. And Valve’s more recent games (L4D series, TF2, Portal, etc) have all been fantastic, so I have no reason to withhold my excitement for the next game they release.

          • Bensam123
          • 7 years ago

          L4D and L4D2 were bought and came out in a timely manner before the dev teams were indoctrinated.

          TF2 was bought, but it appears that the development team still has passion for it.

          Portal 2 is one of the few exceptions and it actually came out quite fast after Portal 1 (two years).

          The ‘when it’s done’ line of reasoning was done at Blizzard and it didn’t seem to make SC2 or D3 better. I personally think developers are just using it to be lazy, like the ‘our games failed because of piracy’ and ‘PC gaming is dead!’ scapegoats.

        • Sargent Duck
        • 7 years ago

        Just to clarify, Valve has NEVER actually come out and said “it’s in development”. Everything HL3 related is fanboys (and I’m a huge one) speculating/hoping/dreaming for HL3. As far as “official” development, they’ve never started it.

          • Farting Bob
          • 7 years ago

          Yea it could well be that they havent even started it (other than maybe a few storyboards and concept art), sequels dont start being in development the moment their predecessor hits the stores.

            • superjawes
            • 7 years ago

            Except for Call of Duty…

            • BobbinThreadbare
            • 7 years ago

            I think they always had two in development simultaneously with Treyarch and the other developer I can’t remember.

          • BobbinThreadbare
          • 7 years ago

          I’m pretty sure they said they started work on HL2:EP3 right after EP2.

          Now you can nit pick between EP3 and HL3, but I just want more Half-Life.

            • torquer
            • 7 years ago

            Same. Half-Life 2 started a really great story, and I’d like to see how it ends. The gameplay was good, but for me it was the plot that really held it all together for me.

            Saw a bumper sticker the other day with a pic of a crowbar that said “WWGFD” heh

          • LastQuestion
          • 7 years ago

          They’ve gone quite close to. Was this video for the KickStarter game Neal Stephenson is supporting where Gabe made an appearance and statement which inferred HL3 was in development.

      • Scrotos
      • 7 years ago

      Yeah, because that worked well for Loki.

        • Deanjo
        • 7 years ago

        Loki never had same day releases.

          • Scrotos
          • 7 years ago

          It’s really hard to find release dates of Loki products, but I thought Quake 3 was a same-day release, no? They were even selling collector’s tins? At least this guy asserts it to be thusly so: [url<]http://games.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3026593&cid=40879225[/url<] Yeah, this retail tin: [url<]http://www.amazon.com/Quake-3-Arena-Pc/dp/B000046Q56[/url<] Judging from the comments in here: [url<]http://games.slashdot.org/story/12/08/04/1752248/john-carmack-kudos-to-valve-but-linux-is-still-not-a-viable-gaming-market[/url<] ...there have been other Linux games ported in the years since Loki but nothing really successful or standing out. You may argue that this time it's different and perhaps you're right as the marketplace has changed, but I don't think a simultaneous release is really going to show Linux in any better light for gaming consumers than it has in the past. The existing Linux gamers already wait and pay for products that are ported to show support. Quicker porting isn't magically going to create more Linux gamers.

            • Deanjo
            • 7 years ago

            No the linux version in a tin came out much later then the Windows release. The client was available about 2 months afterwards but the boxed tin did not actually ship until almost a year later (which is why it sold less then a hundred copies).

      • Bensam123
      • 7 years ago

      And next year when Steam Survey is released… Nix will climb to 3% on the listing!

    • superjawes
    • 7 years ago

    I still cannot allow Valve to toy with my emotions!

    /shakesfist

    But FYI, that line in the PDF has already been removed if you follow the link. Regardless of what’s really happening, it’s getting buried quick.

    • kvndoom
    • 7 years ago

    By Any Means Necessary.

    • superjawes
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]...they aren't inaccurate—only premature.[/quote<] The gaming industry seems to have a problem with that, doesn't it?

    • maxxcool
    • 7 years ago

    /shaka-shake-shake/ “Very doubtful”

      • Firestarter
      • 7 years ago

      Again!

        • maxxcool
        • 7 years ago

        /shake-shaka-shake-shake/ “Reply hazy, try again”

      • chµck
      • 7 years ago

      [url<]http://i.imgur.com/4HY2n.jpg[/url<] shaka shaka

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