Valve could be using a less established franchise to prepare for other Source 2 games.
If you haven’t heard of Ricochet, we don’t blame you. The “game” has long been seen as a code name for Half Life 3 – which makes sense since it’d be weird if Valve spent time developing a franchise that isn’t Half Life or Left 4 Dead or Portal. After all, those all have in-built audiences that would assure success.
However, it’s being speculated that if Ricochet 2 does exist, it’s actually meant for a completely different purpose: to debut the new Source 2 engine. It’s being considered as a sort of test run, but we won’t know for sure till it’s out. While it might be odd to consider a game which most players have never heard of, it’s possible that Valve is just going with the franchise that has the least amount of expectations.
Now here’s the weird part. There’s also the belief that Ricochet 2 IS Half Life 3 and that sooner or later, Source 2 will come to light by way of an announcement. Valve could just go the other way and introduce Source 2 first, but then, considering how Half Life 2 and Source debuted together, it’s likely the same situation could repeat.
Will Half Life 3 really use Source 2, is there actually a sequel to a game most people haven’t played which will showcase the same? Only one of those seems likely, but we’d love to hear what you think below.