Valve, pioneers who revolutionized the gaming world with some of the worlds GREATEST games to date, the Counter-Strike series is a roaring success even today on the PC, Left 4 Dead 1 and 2 bought a lot of new thing to the table in terms of zombie slaying FPS games and of course the legendary Half-Life series has forever been made immortal in the hearts of PC gamers every where one of my favorite games is Portal which even today I consider one of the greatest games on the PC and I count the days until Portal 2 will hit steam and I can pre purchase it.
Valve has had its ups and downs in the past few years, for a VERY LONG TIME NOW fans who have ended the infamous Half-Life 2 Episode Two are still waiting for the conclusion to the series in Episode 3 but alas it has been MORE then 3 years and there has not been a SINGLE word as to the release date or even announcement of Episode 3. Valve continued to work on other projects instead such as Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead 1 & 2 and not to mention the recent addition of Steam for the MAC. In the latest issue of PC Gamer magazine it was reported that Valve made an announcement of 3 new surprises for the next 12 months. We know it can’t possibly be Portal 2 because now the game is more then official, so my speculation is that Valve is going to send fans into a victory howl celebration by FINALLY releasing Half Life 2 Episode 3 or maybe a new Left 4 Dead, but knowing the current state of Valve I think the latter is definitely more probable.
3 new games for 12 months means that the games will be divided into 4 month period i.e
Q1 (Jan – Apr) Game 1
Q2 (May – Aug) Game 2
Q3 (Sep – Dec) Game 3
Let’s hope this is worth the wait I am frankly tired of Left 4 Dead and I consider Left 4 Dead 2 more then enough for now and I really hope Valve is working on Episode 3. Oh well I guess all we can do is wait.
“I can guarantee you people are going to be surprised at stuff we do,” Valve boss Gabe Newell teased in the latest issue of PC Gamer. “That isn’t going to stop any time soon. I’m just laughing because… people will be shocked again.”
He then added that “three pretty big surprises” are in store for gamers in the next twelve months.
“With biometrics, rather than guessing [player states], we can actually use a variety of things like gaze tracking, skin galvanic response, pulse rate and so on,” he explained. “Through combining those pieces of information, we can get a much more accurate indication of player state, so that’s something we’re super interested in.”
Source: Tom’s Hardware