Joystiq is reporting that Game Informer has a source that claims that the next, and supposedly final entry in the single player Halflife campaign, will not be seeing a 2010 release.
Half-Life 2: Episode Three will not be released this year, despite the latest "episodic" Valve instalment having been released almost two and a half years ago.
That's according to the latest issue of US mag Game Informer, which states that there won't be any new Half-Life instalments in 2010. What's more, it's not even clear what form the next game will come in - episodic or full sequel - says the mag.
Late last year Valve's Chet Falisek visited the CVG office and when quizzed on the missing-in-action third HL2 instalment, was rather cagey.
"Until we have something we have to announce we tend not to talk about what we're working on," he said.
Will Episode Three ever come out? We've contacted Valve for comment.
Now this is just demoralizing. According to a report in the rumors section of the Feb. 2010 issue of Game Informer (which doesn't name its source) there won't be "any game from the [Half-Life] franchise in 2010." As if that weren't crushing enough, the magazine says it's not even sure there will be a Half-Life 2: Episode 3, postulating that the next Gordon Freeman adventure might be Half-Life 3 proper.
Alright, listen, Half-Life: You take as long as you need, but we know you're holding Portal 2 in there somewhere. Just let GLaDOS go unharmed and you can develop until 2020 for all we care. Please, if not for us, think of the preteens waiting to record painful cover versions of "I'm Still Alive (Again)" on YouTube.
I'm pretty annoyed to say the least. While I appreciate the time and effort that Valve puts into their games, I would be lying if I was annoyed to have to wait this many years for not a sequel, but for a "chunk of a full game". I guess we will all have to wait and see what form the final product will take, rumors of it being a full blown squeal sounds odd but interesting.