Valve Discusses “Ricochet 2;” Codename for Half-Life 3?

Speaking on the Seven Day Cooldown podcast, Valve’s Gabe Newell may have been indirectly talking about Half-Life 3 when speaking about Ricochet 2, an apparent sequel to a Half-Life 2 mod released in November 2000.

Newell said:

“We end up changing our minds as we’re going through and developing stuff, so as we’re thinking through the giant story arc which is Ricochet 2, you might get to a point where you’re saying something is surprising us in a positive way and something is surprising us in a negative way, and, you know, we’d like to be super-transparent about the future of Ricochet 2.″

Giant story arc? Ricochet was a simple, arcade deathmatch game.

The plot thickens, as Newell goes on:

“We always have this problem that when we talk about things too far in advance. The problem is, we think that the twists and turns that we’re going through would probably drive people more crazy than just being silent about it, until we can be very crisp about what’s happening next.”

Ricochet wasn’t a huge hit for Valve; it’s not among the titles they’re most proud of. The thought that such consternation would arise over the sequel to a fun little mod is absurd.

The possibilities exist here; either Valve is putting an undue amount of effort into the sequel to a mod that is over a decade old and hardly has any populated servers left, or Newell was delivering a message about HL3 with a nod and a wink to fans. Which is less unlikely?

via RPS

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3 Comments on Valve Discusses “Ricochet 2;” Codename for Half-Life 3?


On April 23, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Unfortunately, the idea that he is talking about HL3 is less likely.


On June 8, 2012 at 12:32 pm

I believe Kyle is Correct. Besides, DOTA was just a Third Party mod of Warcraft III, Counter-Strike was a third party mod of Half-Life 1, Why not give Ricochet a shot? Besides, they have been waiting for a sequel longer then anyone if anyone out there is even still waiting. I believe Valve is going back and making Sequels to older games first. They may come back around to do Episode 3 or HL3. Personally, I am the biggest HL fan of all time, and own every piece of merch. for HL, and most of it for all of Valves other games, and I can wait for HL3/Episode 3 because, I want Valve to take their time on it and do it right, and not rush them into developing a crappy game.


On December 5, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Might be a play off of a video by Silvermania, where they parodied Gabe Newell, and at the end of the video, Gape “Snowdog” Newell announces Ricochet 2 as his closing statement. That would prove so much so that Gabe is a regular person who browses youtube just as the rest of us.