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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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23. Re: Steam Group Seeks Communication Jan 12, 2012, 10:20 Dev
Beamer wrote on Jan 12, 2012, 08:03:
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.
Nope, left 4 dead series is one of those that seems mostly to have been left alone now. I mentioned what they are working on in a post yesterday. dota and TF2 stuff. Just because its my OPINION they aren't working on hl3/ep3 doesn't mean I'm ignoring facts.

I agree though that game companies get screwed either way if they say something too far out or don't say anything.

4-6 months though is NOT accurate for valve's recent activities. They announced dota 2 over a year ago. L4D1 was announced about 2 years in advance. L4D2 was indeed about that time, but likely because it was only decided to make a separate game around that time, and announcing it sooner would have put it right after l4d1 release and killed its sales.
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