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The HL2 Ep 3 you probably won't see (Gaming)

by Cody Miller @, Music of the Spheres - Never Forgot, Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 12:59 (448 days ago)
edited by Cody Miller, Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 13:09

So I can mention this now. I don't know if there are any Half Life fans here.

Disclaimer: This will probably never come to pass since writers Erik Wolpaw and Marc Laidlaw are both no longer at Valve, this appeared to be brainstorming / early development, and it was 6 years ago.

While working on the highly reviewed Portal 2 Official Strategy guide, we had to play the game at Valve's headquarters. They were pretty adamant that the game not leave the building, so I lived in Bellevue for about a month and a half coming into their offices every day to play the game. We had a room set up on the perimeter of the floor, and the rooms off the hallway were all completely vacant. So it was basically just us on that section of the floor.

One day I skipped breakfast, and so got something from the cafeteria. Walking from the cafeteria to our room, I entered the hallway from the other side. I went through the door thinking it was our room, only to find that is wasn't. It wasn't even empty. The room had index cards taped all over the wall, and papers everywhere. They described what appeared to be the next Half Life game.

Of course I was curious so I read the cards on the wall. Afterwards I let Valve know that this room was completely unlocked, since later that day press were going to be visiting, and they might not want them finding the potential plot to HL2 Ep 3. I've never seen the color drain out of anyone's face before, but that's what happened when I mentioned I'd wandered into the room. Turns out, Erik liked to move around for peace and quiet, and had moved to this room without telling anyone.

So, here's where the game was at in 2011. Going from memory:

It would have started almost immediately after Episode 2 ended. Eli is still dead, but you would find a pice of combine technology in the Borealis to reanimate him, and find Mossman. Revived, his memory is extremely shoddy and he isn't himself, but he is able to protect you from the psychic attacks of the Advisors. I don't remember how exactly, but you'd learn that there are means on the Combine Homeworld to fully reanimate Eli. You would then take him, and travel to the combine homeworld on a rocket through a portal that you open up. Alex and Gordon would have sex on a bluff. You'd revive Eli fully, but as he was explaining shit to you the Gman would come and kill him. You'd then flee and end up stuck on the Combine homeworld, and the Gman would remain a mystery. Another cliffhanger.

So yeah. I only recall those big strokes, and not many small details. I wonder if we will see any of this come to pass should the game be finally made. As far as I remember, no portal gun!

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When's Portal 3?

by CyberKN ⌂ @, Still has a line in the sand, Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 13:20 (448 days ago) @ Cody Miller

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When's Portal 3?

by Cody Miller @, Music of the Spheres - Never Forgot, Friday, June 30, 2017, 12:24 (446 days ago) @ CyberKN

Never. Chell dies from thirst in the middle of that field.

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The HL2 Ep 3 you probably won't see

by DiscipleN2k @, Edmond, OK, Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 13:21 (448 days ago) @ Cody Miller

As far as I remember, no portal gun!

Preorder cancelled.

Cool stuff, though. I really hope that we see some official conclusion to that story eventually. Maybe a surprise 10th anniversary remaster with bonus content coming in October?

Eh, maybe not.

-Disciple

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That reads like Miranda strapping a bomb to MC's back.

by Funkmon @, Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 14:13 (447 days ago) @ Cody Miller

I can't imagine sex in half life. And the plot seems far fetched. I would love to be on the Combine homeworld though.

The HL2 Ep 3 you probably won't see

by petetheduck, Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 16:35 (447 days ago) @ Cody Miller

So I can mention this now. I don't know if there are any Half Life fans here.

Disclaimer: This will probably never come to pass since writers Erik Wolpaw and Marc Laidlaw are both no longer at Valve, this appeared to be brainstorming / early development, and it was 6 years ago.

While working on the highly reviewed Portal 2 Official Strategy guide, we had to play the game at Valve's headquarters. They were pretty adamant that the game not leave the building, so I lived in Bellevue for about a month and a half coming into their offices every day to play the game. We had a room set up on the perimeter of the floor, and the rooms off the hallway were all completely vacant. So it was basically just us on that section of the floor.

One day I skipped breakfast, and so got something from the cafeteria. Walking from the cafeteria to our room, I entered the hallway from the other side. I went through the door thinking it was our room, only to find that is wasn't. It wasn't even empty. The room had index cards taped all over the wall, and papers everywhere. They described what appeared to be the next Half Life game.

Of course I was curious so I read the cards on the wall. Afterwards I let Valve know that this room was completely unlocked, since later that day press were going to be visiting, and they might not want them finding the potential plot to HL2 Ep 3. I've never seen the color drain out of anyone's face before, but that's what happened when I mentioned I'd wandered into the room. Turns out, Erik liked to move around for peace and quiet, and had moved to this room without telling anyone.

So, here's where the game was at in 2011. Going from memory:

It would have started almost immediately after Episode 2 ended. Eli is still dead, but you would find a pice of combine technology in the Borealis to reanimate him, and find Mossman. Revived, his memory is extremely shoddy and he isn't himself, but he is able to protect you from the psychic attacks of the Advisors. I don't remember how exactly, but you'd learn that there are means on the Combine Homeworld to fully reanimate Eli. You would then take him, and travel to the combine homeworld on a rocket through a portal that you open up. Alex and Gordon would have sex on a bluff. You'd revive Eli fully, but as he was explaining shit to you the Gman would come and kill him. You'd then flee and end up stuck on the Combine homeworld, and the Gman would remain a mystery. Another cliffhanger.

So yeah. I only recall those big strokes, and not many small details. I wonder if we will see any of this come to pass should the game be finally made. As far as I remember, no portal gun!

That sounds terrible. Preorder cancelled.

The HL2 Ep 3 you probably won't see

by Coaxkez, Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 20:44 (447 days ago) @ Cody Miller

While working on the highly reviewed Portal 2 Official Strategy guide

cody pls

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The HL2 Ep 3 you probably won't see

by ZackDark @, Not behind you. NO! Don't look., Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 21:27 (447 days ago) @ Cody Miller

Of course I was curious so I read the cards on the wall. Afterwards I let Valve know that this room was completely unlocked, since later that day press were going to be visiting, and they might not want them finding the potential plot to HL2 Ep 3. I've never seen the color drain out of anyone's face before, but that's what happened when I mentioned I'd wandered into the room.

Today I learned it's Cody's fault we're not getting ep3. Funny, I could swear it was Raga's. ;p

The HL2 Ep 3 you probably won't see

by Avateur @, Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 21:30 (447 days ago) @ Cody Miller

Haha, I remember that post of yours in 2013. Thanks for posting this. I've always been curious. I wonder if they're just done with the series.

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The HL2 Ep 3 you probably won't see

by SonofMacPhisto @, South Florida, Thursday, July 06, 2017, 03:59 (440 days ago) @ Avateur

Haha, I remember that post of yours in 2013. Thanks for posting this. I've always been curious. I wonder if they're just done with the series.

Probably.

And thanks, Cody.

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TIL - t1⁄2 is going to exist as long as the real thing.

by INSANEdrive, ಥ_ಥ|f(ಠ‿↼)z|ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ, Thursday, June 29, 2017, 10:25 (447 days ago) @ Cody Miller

Of what? My guess - Xenon-136. 'Cus I'm on the internet! :P

Hey Cody, in case you're interested

by Avateur @, Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 16:37 (427 days ago) @ Cody Miller

http://www.pcgamer.com/half-life-3-would-end-without-resolution-says-marc-laidlaw/

Dunno if you saw anything or spoke to anyone regarding this, but it doesn't seem like we'll ever get these games anyway.

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