Gabe Newell: We've moved beyond the episodic model

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  1. Feels Good Man
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    Feels Good Man GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

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    In a recent interview Gabe Newell states that Valve is beyond episodic content. And when there's no episodic content, there's no Episode 3 and when there's no more Episode 3? Half-Life 3.

    Here's a gist of the interview:

    http://www.develop-online.net/news/37625/N...-episodic-model
     
  2. emigre

    emigre Oh Jeremy Corbyn

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    About fucking time.
     
  3. ZaeZae64

    ZaeZae64 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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    Well, that's rather disapointing.
    So basically what he means is that rather then releasing a game through episodes the story will conitnue through updates?
    Sounds cool.
     
  4. Foxi4

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    Prepare for Half-Life 3, Act I, Scene I.
     
  5. SamAsh07

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    Lol finally about time. Yeah what Foxi4 said might be true [​IMG]
     
  6. Foxi4

    Foxi4 On the hunt...

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    Knowing life it's still going to be based on the Source engine, so this is just a cosmetic change. We'll see if the Quantity vs. Quality scale will be merciful on this one.
     
  7. FAST6191

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    There is a line of thought that when someone jumps the gap from one of the useful trades and uses full on business speak (and I think I might have just won buzzword bingo not to mention it screamed backpedalling) they cease to be useful.

    Well it is not like I ever really invested in Half life.

    "The ‘games as a service’ credo is to create games that are platforms in themselves; content that can be rapidly reconstructed through a series of updates"

    Lucasarts if think they just nabbed your old model (see SCUMMVM).
     
  8. Ikki

    Ikki GBATemp's grumpy panda.

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    I still need to play HL 2. Maybe when I finish it and its episodes there'll be 4 years left until this comes out.
     
  9. ProtoKun7

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    Well, at least there was some mention of it. [​IMG]

    I don't mind this; I just want to see a sequel out; I finally got around to finishing Episode Two a while ago. [​IMG]
    *continues to map the Valve Time Continuum*
     
  10. moose3

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    Or if it's like with L4D2, Buy Halflife 3 and we will give you bonus levels/scenarios for free as we put them out.
     
  11. cwstjdenobs

    cwstjdenobs Sodomy non sapiens

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    It's a complete mess down there man, I'd give up on it as a bad job.
     
  12. _Chaz_

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    Gabe lost the plans in his folds one too many times, so now they're just going on to Half-Life 3.
     
  13. DarkWay

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    But there could be a catch with this.
    We might end up paying per update to get the rest of the story (unlikely but still the miniscule chance is there).
     
  14. Maz7006

    Maz7006 iSEXu

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    why did it take them/ is it taking them so long anyway ?

    i really don't understand.
     
  15. Ergo

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    Brilliant summation. (No, that is not sarcasm: the bolded is pretty much 100% spot-on.)
     
  16. DSGamer64

    DSGamer64 Canadian, Eh?

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    Well I think it boils down to whether or not they are going to charge for these dynamic game updating services. I mean, you can't just put out a partial amount of the game and try to evolve it through updates without breaking much of the older content or expecting people to pay for sub sections of the game just to finish it. Blizzard has been doing this for almost 6 years with World of WarCraft and the vast quantity of data that is coming out with every update is just bogging down players computers and making the game load slower. I'd hope that after the current expansion they move onto actually releasing a fresh new version of WoW with updated graphics engines and better physics, God knows they have the finances to do it, but with all the patch and update data the game has reached almost 30GB and it started at less than 4GB 6 years ago.

    Having dynamic game evolution would be fine so long as they are consistently releasing updates to a game and don't just kill it outright, not to mention the updates need to be reasonable in size in order for people to not exceed their bandwidth every few weeks when updates come out.
     
  17. injected11

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    Have you played Team Fortress 2? Or to a much lesser extent, the Left 4 Dead games? I highly doubt Valve is going to start charging for updates when they're known for giving free updates.
     
  18. ShadowSoldier

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    Half Life 2 episode 3 = around the $20.00 or less mark.

    With this decision:
    Half Life 3 = $60.00.

    Great.
     
  19. Fear Zoa

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    Free on pc, but they usually cost money on consoles
     
  20. injected11

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    Only on the 360, and that's Microsoft's doing.