Gabe Newell cryptically confirms Half Life 3?

By on April 23, 2012

Uses ‘Ricochet 2′ as codename.

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Seven Day Cooldown‘s interview with Gabe Newell has a lot of quotes and little stories that is making news currently. There was one with the DoTA 2 being free, and Newell not being impressed with Origin. And now, there is another one, and by the looks of it, the most important one.

When asked about Half Life 3, Newell decided it was time to reveal Ricochet 2 and the game’s “giant story arc” that they are not really clear about.

“In terms of Ricochet 2, we always have this problem that when we talk about things too far in advance,” he said.

“We end up changing our minds as we’re going through and developing stuff, so as we’re thinking through the giant story arc which is Ricochet 2, you might get to a point where you’re saying something is surprising us in a positive way and something is surprising us in a negative way, and, you know, we’d like to be super-transparent about the future of Ricochet 2.”

“The problem is, we think that the twists and turns that we’re going through would probably drive people more crazy than just being silent about it, until we can be very crisp about what’s happening next.”

For those that did not get the hint, Newell is clearly referring to Half Life 3 albeit in a cryptic and cheeky way. Ricochet 2 is unlikely to happen, and if it were true, well, we would assume there would be a bigger announcement before Valve’s CEO randomly name-drops it in an interview.

Although it’s not an official confirmation, fans can take a breather knowing that, yes, Half Life 3 is indeed in the works. It’s just taking a bit of time.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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  • FireStar

    Ricochet was a multiplayer mod developed for the first Half – Life. Sounds pretty interesting if they use that as a code name for Half Life 3 unless they are in the process of actually writing a story for Ricochet. =)

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