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Steam Group Seeks Communication

A Call for Communication (Half-Life) on the Steam Community (thanks Brett) now has over 6,000 members, seeking to coerce Valve into spilling some beans about their plans for the Half-Life series:

Your oldest and longest running fanbase would like some form of communication.

Waiting patiently for over four years is a daunting task, especially when E3 comes and goes without any beat of a Half-Life pulse, time and time again. Valve had stated that information was scheduled to be released towards the end of 2008, and we believe that if they have chosen, for whatever reason, to withhold this information, fans should at least be acknowledged in some way, regardless of developmental plans for the next Half-Life project. The entire trilogy of episodes was supposed to be completed and released by 2007, and if Valve have decided to do other things for the time being, that is fine; all that we ask for is a basic response on the matter, and to let fans know whether or not the Half-Life 2 story arc is scheduled to conclude at another point in time.

In addition: This message is in no way, shape or form attempting to rush the development of the Half-Life series; in fact, most members agree that Valve should take the time needed to deliver a complete and polished product.

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16. Re: Steam Group Seeks Communication Jan 12, 2012, 08:03 Beamer
 
Kastagir wrote on Jan 12, 2012, 02:39:
I met Gabe Newell back in 1998. He was half the man he is now.

If this group has 6000 signatures, that won't be meaningless, especially if they get press. I'll enjoy seeing Valve get scrutinized for their response. They've been given a free pass for far too long in my opinion.

Aside from your stupid fat joke your post is idiotic. "Given a free pass?" By whom? People whine about HL constantly. Constantly.

And do you know why Valve says nothing? Well, according to Dev it's because they're too busy making Left4DeadVille, but Dev is wearing some tinfoil hats. Like, several of them.
They don't say anything because it's a lose-lose situation. If they say something, then they get delayed, or they discuss a feature that gets cut (Mr. Friendly?), they get a huge fan backlash. Suddenly everything they do is under a microscope. And even if they just say "we're working on it" then they get a billion questions about it (right now the question is just a standard "where is it" which is by now done more out of obligation.) And if they say anything at all now people will bitch about them "hyping" their game, a pathetically vague term.

Valve doesn't announce games until they're close to shipping. Ever since the TF2 debacle and the HL2 fiasco they've done it this way. They typically ship 4-6 months after announcement. Want HL3 announced? Wait until 6 months before it's in your hands.
 
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