Gabe Newell was recently honored with the Academy Fellowship at BAFTA for his contributions to the game industry. You could say that ushering in a digital era with the Steam platform would give interviewers plenty of ammunition to speak with Gabe about, but instead, the conversation turned to the usual. When asked about Half Life 3, presumably for one millionth time, no confetti rained down on the audience, nor did Gabe change his answer about the game. (5:00 minute mark for Half Life 3 talk)
“We don’t have anything to say about it,” said Newell. No hints, no clues, no new information for Half Life fans.
Though Newell did share his thoughts on where gaming is heading in the next five years. He believes that the players of games and their communities will be the ones responsible for a lot of the great content that comes to games.
“More and more of the experience is going to be created by the people who are participating in those experiences. How do you give an award for best game design when its a community of ten million people that are building the experience.”
As for Half Life 3, we’ve heard literally nothing about the game for years. With the developments in Steam’s console efforts with the Steam Box, it wouldn’t be a wild prediction to think that Valve may want to leverage the popular franchise in some way with any hardware they are creating.