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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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