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    Half-Life 3 / HL2 Episode three is an upcoming game from Valve software.

    Half-Life 2: Episode Three is the third and final instalment in a series of episodes following Half-Life 2. It is currently in development and Valve have said we may see something from it at the end of this year. The project has been labelled 'highly ambitious' by Doug Lombardi, and release is still a while off. We are most likely to see something from Valve at next years E3 conference.

    What we know, and what to expect?
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    We know the episode is going to be set in the northern reaches of the world of Half-Life (?), these will be cold places filled with ice and snow, oh and a Borealis.

    The Borealis is that great ship that disappeared during some experimentation by the same sort of scientists that caused the Resonance Cascade from the original Half-Life. From what we have seen from Portal and the previous Episodes the Borealis is a scientific ship that was involved in teleportation tests at the Aperture Science labs. Something went wrong which led to the ship disappearing completely from its original location. It is only during the events of Episode 2 that we find out that it has returned, this time in the coldest reaches of the world.

    Speculation
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    The question that will be answered (we hope) in Episode 3 is what happened to the ship, did it appear instantly after the experiment in the north? If that is so then why haven’t we heard about it until now? Is it simply down to the fact that the resistance couldn’t detect it?

    We also know the scientists on the Borealis performed their experiments and the ship got sent somewhere, maybe Xen? Or maybe it just disappeared out of the time loop? We know that during the course of Half-Life 2 Gordon takes seven days to travel from Nova Prospekt back to City 17, a 'slow teleport' according to Dr Kleiner.

    The Borealis contains something that Eli wishes Gordon to destroy for fear of a repeat of the events at Black Mesa, Dr Kleiner feels it is destined to be a useful asset in the future. The differing views between these two eminent scientists is intriguing. Is caution the best bet, or should Gordon use whatever he can find on the ship to aid in the destruction of the Combine once and for all?

    Flora, Fauna and Everything Else
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    Enough of this speculation, Episode 3 will be set in an area of snow and ice, this is going to pose some new gameplay challenges and maybe even some new aliens. Who knows whether Ant-lions can survive in the cold? Headcrabs and Zombies are a given, but many other creatures may be different.

    How will the death of such a key character as Eli impact on the story, and more importantly for some, on the relationship between Gordon and Alyx. What role is the G-Man going to play, he seems to be getting a bit impatient with things not progressing as he wants them to. His message he gives to Alyx, the same message he gave to Eli back in Black Mesa may be a sign that he foresees grave peril in the future, or maybe he is just toying with Alyx.

    How things are likely to develop...
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    When we find out about the Borealis in Episode 2 this is from the transmission Alyx intercepted from the Combine. Therefore we know the Combine have located the vessel. They were extremely aggressive and put a lot of resources into attempting to prevent this transmission getting back to the resistance and have hunted Alyx desperately since the interception. We can assume the combine want to use the Borealis and Aperture Science's possible developments in teleportation / portal technology to bring extra troops to Earth to recapture it or evacuate. The latter...seems unlikely!

    We have already seen some early concept art for the game. The image from the ‘Into The Pixel’ exhibition shows Gordon challenging a Combine Advisor in a heavily industrialised environment and earlier concept art from PC Gamer US shows further Advisors around the Borealis. So expect a hugely exciting episode 3 with the same fantastic Half-life formula with a mighty cold twist.
    Timeline:

    -May 9th, 2011: "We went through the episodes phase, and now we’re going towards shorter and even shorter cycles," Newell said in an interview published in Develop magazine. "For me, ‘entertainment as a service’ is a clear distillation of the episodic content model," he added. Here's the entire interview.

    -March, 2011: Video with Doug Lombardi

    -October 21st, 2010: Gabe Newell says in an IGN interview that it's always hard to predict where Valve's direction of development will go next. He said, "As I'm reminded of on an almost daily basis, we seemed to be really excited about that episodic thing with [Half-Life 2] Episode One and Episode Two, and then we've gone completely radio silent subsequently. Sometimes it's even dangerous for us to predict what we'll do next." Read more at the bottom of this page.

    -August 5th, 2010: "We hate to make you wait. But we have no announcements regarding Mr. Freeman or his ongoing adventures at this time", said Doug Lombardi. Noted in this CVG feature.

    -August 12th, 2009: Gabe Newell explains in a SteamCast podcast interview that he has nothing to discuss of Ep3 for the time being. He says right now the company is in an experimental stage (of release rhythms) of game development. Still no ETA for Episode 3.



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  3. Post #3

    April 2011
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    Why is there already another thread, the previous one was only 30 pages.

    Anyways, the most important news maybe that Red letter day event on saturday, and the HL CFC group...
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    oh ffs, a new thread even though the last one was full of shitposting idiots
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    Gate's Avatar
    April 2011
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    why not change the title to "half life general discussion"
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    May 2011
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    Looking forward to the Red Letter event on Saturday, time to give Water Hazard another go, and maybe Highway 17.
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    As I said in the last thread, Im really looking foward to Adrain Shepherd returning, either as a standalone character, a cameo, or even working alongside Freeman thanks to the Gman.

    Yes, Gearbox owned Shepherd, but since Barney ended up being a standalone character after HL1: Blue Shift, Why not?


    For those who are clueless on who Adrian Shepherd is:
    http://half-life.wikia.com/wiki/Adrian_Shephard
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    Ask me about my Guardians of the Galaxy fetish.
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    -snip-
    Never mind I googled it.
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    Looking forward to the Red Letter event on Saturday, time to give Water Hazard another go, and maybe Highway 17.
    Huh? Could someone elaborate? I haven't been keeping up
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    Huh? Could someone elaborate? I haven't been keeping up
    The Call for Communication group is getting as many people as possible to play HL2 on saturday, in attempt to get HL2 on the top played list so Valve will notice. (Or something like that)
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    The Call for Communication group is getting as many people as possible to play HL2 on saturday, in attempt to get HL2 on the top played list so Valve will notice. (Or something like that)
    I wonder when this whole "CFC" gimmick will blow over. Anyone who isn't blinded by hype would realize that just doing a bunch of stuff that says "WE REALLY LIKE HALF LIFE AND WANT TO HEAR SOME NEWS ON THE NEXT ONE" isn't going to make them reveal anything sooner. Realistically, I could maybe see someone at Valve going "Thanks for the support, and don't worry, we're working on it" just due to the number of people participating.
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  13. Post #13
    I do it all
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    Oh my thread got locked? :( bummer

    Thanks a lot Singo c:
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    I wonder when this whole "CFC" gimmick will blow over. Anyone who isn't blinded by hype would realize that just doing a bunch of stuff that says "WE REALLY LIKE HALF LIFE AND WANT TO HEAR SOME NEWS ON THE NEXT ONE" isn't going to make them reveal anything sooner. Realistically, I could maybe see someone at Valve going "Thanks for the support, and don't worry, we're working on it" just due to the number of people participating.
    Why do you care?
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    Why do you care?
    I just find it funny. It's not like I'm rising up against it, I'm just pointing out how silly it is in the long run.
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    May 2011
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    I wonder when this whole "CFC" gimmick will blow over. Anyone who isn't blinded by hype would realize that just doing a bunch of stuff that says "WE REALLY LIKE HALF LIFE AND WANT TO HEAR SOME NEWS ON THE NEXT ONE" isn't going to make them reveal anything sooner. Realistically, I could maybe see someone at Valve going "Thanks for the support, and don't worry, we're working on it" just due to the number of people participating.
    Funnily enough I was just thinking about this today. I agree, but I'm just taking part because I want a excuse to play my favourite parts again
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  17. Post #17
    Bring the Noise!
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    January 2007
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    V2? How the fuck can you guys fill up a thread about a game that hasn't even been announced?
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    V2? How the fuck can you guys fill up a thread about a game that hasn't even been announced?
    endless flood of shitposting
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    April 2011
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    Ep2 steam group beaten by CFC at 7:50 PM GMT
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    I wonder when this whole "CFC" gimmick will blow over. Anyone who isn't blinded by hype would realize that just doing a bunch of stuff that says "WE REALLY LIKE HALF LIFE AND WANT TO HEAR SOME NEWS ON THE NEXT ONE" isn't going to make them reveal anything sooner. Realistically, I could maybe see someone at Valve going "Thanks for the support, and don't worry, we're working on it" just due to the number of people participating.
    yeah, its kinda pointless if you ask me. But i joined up anyway, just to help those kids. And i'm curious to see what valve will say.

    endless flood of shitposting
    Its the second time you say that in this thread. Just ignore it. saying "durr shitposts evrywhere in this thread hurr" is a shitpost itself.
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    V2? How the fuck can you guys fill up a thread about a game that hasn't even been announced?
    We can hope and discuss ideas or anything Half Life related
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    September 2010
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    We can hope and discuss ideas or anything Half Life related
    Or we can make constant crappy non-jokes about "Hurr I found a Lambda/3/Crowbar in X " while random people join up just to link us to some extremely fake site that we've proven to be fake a million times before
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    1.21 GIGAWATTS!
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    So, for a Product Design project I had to make a movie poster. This is what I ended up with:

    I have a massive A3 version if you're completely insane and want it on your wall.
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    April 2011
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    There is a fan made video I especially like, more than others, which use the "You Know My name", the "james bond theme" of casino royale, by Chris Cornell :


    With a little work, it could really make an incredible fake trailer for Ep 3.
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  25. Post #25
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    that piece of shit doesn't deserve 25,000 views in the slightest. that could literally be made in a day. he just slapped music on gameplay
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    I do it all
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    So, for a Product Design project I had to make a movie poster. This is what I ended up with:

    I have a massive A3 version if you're completely insane and want it on your wall.
    Using the lambda and black mesa symbol is a pretty good idea, good job
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    There is a fan made video I especially like, more than others, which use the "You Know My name", the "james bond theme" of casino royale, by Chris Cornell :


    With a little work, it could really make an incredible fake trailer for Ep 3.
    what the fuck that doesnt even fit in the slightest bit
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  28. Post #28

    April 2011
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    what the fuck that doesnt even fit in the slightest bit
    I think this "you know my name" theme, originally fit for an occidental movie legend, could fit very well with this video game legend. That's why.

    The main problem is the fact we can't show Gordon Freeman in "video", besides using cutscenes from Strider Mountain. Too bad, he's really a badass character in artworks or official drawings.
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    the problem with that is the fact that you know my name doesnt have the half-life ost vibe to it
    whether its the lyrics or the music, one of them doesnt fit and its most likely the music itself
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    I want to make a Half-Life trailer now. I think I'll do it during the Easter holidays.
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  31. Post #31
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    "Thanks for the support, and don't worry, we're working on it"
    Well it would be the first time in years that they would mention that they are actually working on it. I call that a win

    Since 2008 (I think) to this date they never said that they are working on half life... actually, we dont even know if it's in development or not!
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    we dont even know if it's in development or not!
    hnnnnnnnnnng
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    Well it would be the first time in years that they would mention that they are actually working on it. I call that a win

    Since 2008 (I think) to this date they never said that they are working on half life... actually, we dont even know if it's in development or not!
    You do realize that they even said in an early 2011 interview that they are working on it, right? Granted, they didn't say exactly that, but after they responded to a direct question like that, thinking that they "Might not be developing it yet" is naive as hell.
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    Reading the OP, I just had a thought occur to me.

    What if Valve did what I see quite a few games that are story-driven do nowadays, and they make us make a choice? Side with Eli and destroy the thing in the Borealis, or side with Kleiner and keep it intact to study and/or use? What would you guys do?
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    You do realize that they even said in an early 2011 interview that they are working on it, right? Granted, they didn't say exactly that, but after they responded to a direct question like that, thinking that they "Might not be developing it yet" is naive as hell.
    Sorry my bad then.
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    Reading the OP, I just had a thought occur to me.

    What if Valve did what I see quite a few games that are story-driven do nowadays, and they make us make a choice? Side with Eli and destroy the thing in the Borealis, or side with Kleiner and keep it intact to study and/or use? What would you guys do?
    no
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    Anyone seen this? I think this will go good in Episode 3:



    For those who dunno what it is, its a Panther Eye, a HL1 Beta alien that was Scrapped for some stupid reason, but it was actually a good idea IMO. Maybe it could be remade in EP3 or HL3.



       image shamelessly stolen from Half Life Wiki since google images is a bitch to use to find it    
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    Reading the OP, I just had a thought occur to me.

    What if Valve did what I see quite a few games that are story-driven do nowadays, and they make us make a choice? Side with Eli and destroy the thing in the Borealis, or side with Kleiner and keep it intact to study and/or use? What would you guys do?
       Eli is dead!   
    I have no idea what I'd choose. I'd need to know more about that thing in the Borealis to make a decision.
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    Super old gold
    One of the greatest inspirations of Half-life machinima for its time.
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