Valve’s Half Life 3 is one of the most anticipated PC games in memory, and there is pretty much no information on the title. We’ve not had a new Half Life release since Episode 2, which was released way back in 2007. That’s a long time to not have a fix of Gordon Freeman. It’s possible that we have a few answers why Half Life 3 is being delayed.
A piece of software, by the name of Jira is used by companies (especially in software development) as a project manager and bug fixing system. Valve Software had an issue with their Jira system, and as a result their internal ticket system was left wide open for the public to view.
Valvetime.net has since received various screenshots from anonymous sources, which show off various internal valve projects. Left 4 Dead 3 main mailing list for example, contains 68 people. A secondary sub group, contains around the 40 mark. There is 42 employees in the Half Life 3 group. Interestingly enough, there’s also several groups dedicated to a project – by the name of Source 2. The Source engine was of course used in Half Life 2 (along with both episodes 1 and 2). It has been modified several times, adding new features, such as HDR lighting. But now is getting a little old.
It’s likely that valve are delaying the release of HL3 for a new and shiny engine to better show case its title. There were a number of other titles shown off too – including “Return to Ravenholm” (Ravenholm is one of the most acclaimed Hl2 chapters). Episode 3 / Episode 3 movie.
There is also mention of the Steam Box, and various references to a SteamMMO.
Just how far along these projects are, and if they’re more than simple ideas on the drawing board it’s hard to say. Some of them could have been long abandoned. But we do know that it’s current info.
Paul Pepera joined Valve in 2013 March, after he left Bungie.
More info from ValveTime.net