Six years. Count ’em.
When Valve first revealed Half Life 2: Episode 1, its argument was that it would be able to roll out short, compact packages for the game rather than devoting all their time to a full retail experience. There was still a pretty sizable gap between the release of Episode 1 and 2, with the latter only releasing as part of The Orange Box, which also included Portal and the long-delayed Team Fortress 2.
However, when October 7th 2013 approaches, it will have been six years since the release of Half Life 2: Episode 2 and Half Life 3. That’s an even longer gap than that between Half Life 1 and 2.
Of course, Valve’s announcements last week weren’t even remotely related to Half Life 3, instead focusing on Steam Box, SteamOS and the new Steam Controller. Half Life 3 has seemingly fallen by the wayside but the state it’s in now – described as “bits and pieces” – it will be a long while yet until we see the third game.
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