Half-Life 2: Episode Three Sets Dubious Record; HL3 Clue in Dota 2?

SteamDB notes the inclusion of a file called hl3.txt in the latest Dota 2 update (thanks VG247). This contains snippets of code, while the name of the file naturally inspires speculation that Valve is either hinting at something, or they've just taken to trolling us about their shooter series. On a somewhat related note, a thread from a couple of weeks ago on reddit recalls Valve's 2006 announcement that Half-Life 2: Episode One was gold (thanks Ant). Since this press release called Ep1 "the first in a trilogy of episodes that will conclude by Christmas of 2007," the thread takes that as the official announcement of Episode Three. They note this makes the seemingly forgotten continuation of the shooter series the new king of Valve Time, as it has surpassed the 3,417 day gap between the announcement and release of Team Fortress 2. Coincidentally, Episode Two was released on October 10, 2007, so it's almost exactly eight years since the series stalled.
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Oct 13, 2015, 11:35
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Oct 13, 2015, 11:35
 
ForgedReality wrote on Oct 12, 2015, 19:54:
This video from March mentions HL3 as part of the Rubikon (Havok's physics engine replacement) testing tools.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTC0V0LWeGI

Probably all this hl3.txt file refers to, as DOTA 2 is now on the Source 2 engine, which incorporates Rubikon.

i don't think any of us really thought this was referring to half life but that's a sharp catch
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Oct 13, 2015, 08:40
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Re: Half-Life 2: Episode Three Sets Dubious Record; HL3 Clue in Dota 2? Oct 13, 2015, 08:40
Oct 13, 2015, 08:40
 
They missed the window on HL3. That is unless they change their minds and make it a VR title after all.
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Oct 12, 2015, 19:54
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Oct 12, 2015, 19:54
 
This video from March mentions HL3 as part of the Rubikon (Havok's physics engine replacement) testing tools.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTC0V0LWeGI

Probably all this hl3.txt file refers to, as DOTA 2 is now on the Source 2 engine, which incorporates Rubikon.
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Oct 12, 2015, 18:28
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Re: Half-Life 2: Episode Three Sets Dubious Record; HL3 Clue in Dota 2? Oct 12, 2015, 18:28
Oct 12, 2015, 18:28
 
The easiest thing for Valve to do if they are story stagnate is to have a fan fiction contest about the next episode or HL3. Then choose the best fan story, allowing the fan to become part of the team or they could just hire Chris Avellone. Lighter Mwahaha
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Oct 12, 2015, 14:31
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Re: Half-Life 2: Episode Three Sets Dubious Record; HL3 Clue in Dota 2? Oct 12, 2015, 14:31
Oct 12, 2015, 14:31
 
I don't even see why this is news... HL3 is more of a meme than a game anymore.
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Re: Half-Life 2: Episode Three Sets Dubious Record; HL3 Clue in Dota 2?
Oct 12, 2015, 14:21
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Oct 12, 2015, 14:21
 
I give the whole HL3 broohaha a mere three dismissive wanks.
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Oct 12, 2015, 14:12
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Re: Half-Life 2: Episode Three Sets Dubious Record; HL3 Clue in Dota 2? Oct 12, 2015, 14:12
Oct 12, 2015, 14:12
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Oct 12, 2015, 13:54:
Wallshadows wrote on Oct 12, 2015, 13:16:
Half-Life isn't even a great series. I never understood the hype around it then and certainly not now...

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Well, I think HL1 deserves some credit for being the first real story-driven shooter with a AAA production budget, merging the gameplay and a rather spectacular cinematic feel at the time. Other shooters back then were mostly just that... shoot'em ups. Heck, id admitted that their MO was to create all the levels first and to think up a "story" connecting them later.

However, over the years we've seen many, many more story-driven shooters and today it's the norm. Even CoD and BF have campaigns with stories and then there is the good stuff, of course, like Deus Ex, Dishonored, BioShock, F.E.A.R and so on.
The world does not really need Gordon Freeman anymore and it is true that the HL story does not stand out as particularly interesting after all these years when compared to many other games that have come out in the meantime.

to each his own. i still like the idea of the accidental planemeld, humanity thrust into an ancient war against technological godheads that re-purpose every defeated race into a new set of tools; then the episodes made it a much more personal and character driven (for 2005) affair.

it's also still one of the few games i can think of where the heroes are scientists fighting toe-to-toe on the aliens own terms - technology and intellect. not some left-over military-styled infrastructure. though gordon freeman was apparently BORN to put aliens in the fucking ground.
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Oct 12, 2015, 14:04
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Re: Half-Life 2: Episode Three Sets Dubious Record; HL3 Clue in Dota 2? Oct 12, 2015, 14:04
Oct 12, 2015, 14:04
 
shouldn't this be indicative of a never released Ep3 ? Rather than HL3 ?
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Oct 12, 2015, 13:54
 
Wallshadows wrote on Oct 12, 2015, 13:16:
Half-Life isn't even a great series. I never understood the hype around it then and certainly not now...

Zips up the flame suit

Well, I think HL1 deserves some credit for being the first real story-driven shooter with a AAA production budget, merging the gameplay and a rather spectacular cinematic feel at the time. Other shooters back then were mostly just that... shoot'em ups. Heck, id admitted that their MO was to create all the levels first and to think up a "story" connecting them later.

However, over the years we've seen many, many more story-driven shooters and today it's the norm. Even CoD and BF have campaigns with stories and then there is the good stuff, of course, like Deus Ex, Dishonored, BioShock, F.E.A.R and so on.
The world does not really need Gordon Freeman anymore and it is true that the HL story does not stand out as particularly interesting after all these years when compared to many other games that have come out in the meantime.
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Half-Life isn't even a great series. I never understood the hype around it then and certainly not now...

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Oct 12, 2015, 12:53
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ZeroPike1 wrote on Oct 12, 2015, 12:12:
I still want it. I liked Half Life 1, 2+episodes. But I'm not going to go crazy with hype anymore. Produce something then I might start waving the HL flag, but this hidden code stuff. Not hanging on to it anymore.

My sentiments exactly.
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Oct 12, 2015, 12:49
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CJ_Parker wrote on Oct 12, 2015, 12:33:
Very disappointing all around. If even the developer can not take their own series serious enough to bring it to its conclusion via the third episode then why the fuck am I supposed to care?
Even if they release Ep 3 or HL3 one day I'm only gonna buy it for $5 on a xmas sale. Fuck Valve.
I agree. I really want to play HL3 or EP3 or HL whatever. But the disrespect that we, the fans, have been shown will ensure when it comes it won't be a day 1 buy for me. I still believe at some point it will come.
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Linthat22 wrote on Oct 12, 2015, 12:36:
What if Half Life 3 came out and didn't even pick up where HL2: EP2 left off and it was set in a parallel time frame from another person's perspective?
What if HL2Ep3 and HL3 were already released in a parallel time frame? Well, following modern theories ... somewhere there is a world where HL3 DOES exist. Its just not ours
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Oct 12, 2015, 12:36
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Oct 12, 2015, 12:36
 
What if Half Life 3 came out and didn't even pick up where HL2: EP2 left off and it was set in a parallel time frame from another person's perspective?
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Oct 12, 2015, 12:33
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Oct 12, 2015, 12:33
 
Very disappointing all around. If even the developer can not take their own series serious enough to bring it to its conclusion via the third episode then why the fuck am I supposed to care?
Even if they release Ep 3 or HL3 one day I'm only gonna buy it for $5 on a xmas sale. Fuck Valve.
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Oct 12, 2015, 12:12
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Oct 12, 2015, 12:12
 
I still want it. I liked Half Life 1, 2+episodes. But I'm not going to go crazy with hype anymore. Produce something then I might start waving the HL flag, but this hidden code stuff. Not hanging on to it anymore.
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nin wrote on Oct 12, 2015, 09:18:
I didn't think either the the episodes were that impressive, compared to HL2. Can they just pretend those didn't happen and move on? Or if they don't want to do it, or can't come up with anything, let someone else pitch the product for them.

I didn't think Half-Life 2 was all that impressive compared to HL1.

I've never played the episodes, either.
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Oct 12, 2015, 10:41
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Beyond caring at this point.
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Oct 12, 2015, 10:30
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Oct 12, 2015, 10:30
 
Kajetan wrote on Oct 12, 2015, 09:30:
I am sure that Gabe is giving away free Vegas weekends (or the Valve equivalent) to employees, who come up with new ways for trolling the world about HL3 or anything related.
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Dagnamit wrote on Oct 12, 2015, 09:34:
Episode two, was more consistently good throughout but lacked any standout parts.

Except for that damn ending.....

You know, if it wasn't for that total cliffhanger ending and just leaving it like that, I wouldn't care less about Half Life 3 not coming out. (and the fact that Aperture labs was tied in as well - le sigh)

I just want the story ended even if its Game of Thrones style where everyone dies horribly, then we can stop all this Half Life malarky..

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