Posted on April 23, 2012, CJ Miozzi 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.
“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?