Gabe Newell Dishes On Source 2, HL3 VR, More In AMA

By Nathan Grayson on March 5th, 2014 at 10:00 am.

Oh man Gabe, don't drink those bottled Starbucks lattes. They're super gross. You're better than that, man.

It’s finally happened. Gabe Newell broke his nigh-mythical cone of silence to take part in a long-promised Reddit AMA, and the results were… illuminating. Ish. Newell is not the most talkative man, but he is a fairly straight shooter. The whole thing’s a fascinating read, though truly “newsworthy” (whatever that even means any more) bits were scarce. But hey, if you’d like to know laughably bad company names that Valve nearly went with (like Rhino Scar, as we revealed in 2007) and also the main purpose of Source Engine 2, you’ve come to the right place. Newell even fielded a question about Half-Life 3, shockingly enough. Well, sorta.

So, right then, what’s the deal with Source Engine 2, which has drip-dropped into the collective consciousness after countless leaks? Is it actually real? Yes, yes, it is. Here’s the revered lord Newell on that:

“The biggest improvements [out of Source Engine 2] will be in increasing productivity of content creation. That focus is driven by the importance we see user-generated content having going forward. A professional developer at Valve will put up with a lot of pain that won’t work if users themselves have to create content.”

Inevitably, someone also asked the big question. When is Ricochet 2 – aka, Half-Life 3 – coming out? Surprisingly, Newell answered, but not with anything we didn’t already know:

“When we announced our products years in advance in the past and then were really late delivering them, it was pretty painful for both us and the community. We’d rather not repeat that.”

He did clarify, however, that Valve isn’t holding Half-Life 3 back to wait for widespread VR or anything like that. “We aren’t holding any game until VR is shipping. You don’t want to create that kind of dependency,” he explained.

There’s tons more where that came from. Apparently Newell and co are still working with JJ Abrams in some capacity, Valve is “making some progress” on lower priced Steam Boxes built primarily for streaming from existing hardware, and Newell started his infamous knife collection when he was just an itsy bitsy child, unaware of the majestic beard (and also software empire) that would one day be at his command.

Check out the full thread here. Apparently Newell, Erik Wolpaw, and a few other Valve masterminds are planning to return and answer more questions at some point. But you never know with Valve. Plus, if you include yesterday’s false start, that would make the next round of Q&A Reddit AMA Episode 3. Welp, so much for that one, then.

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  1. Terragot says:

    Q: GabeN, what are your specs?
    A: Well, I’m a handsome man with a charming personality.

    Keep being dreamy big fella’

  2. Svack says:

    I would actually find it hilarious if “Ricochet 2″ actually turns out to be Ricochet 2

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    Gap Gen says:

    That bottle on the desk is for jarate, right?

  4. RogB says:

    Staring eyes tag?

    indifferent eyes?, apathetic, uninterested eyes?

  5. LunyAlex says:

    “When we announced our products years in advance in the past ”

    “When we announced our products years in advance”

    “years in advance””


    • HisDivineOrder says:

      “When we announced our products years in advance in the past”

      “When we announced our products years in advance”

      “years in advance”





      Gabe has announced that they are pursuing Augmented Reality through a thinly veiled code. You read it here first!

    • Koozer says:

      Sooo when did people decide to do this really weird method of quoting?

      • almostDead says:

        I believe it’s a /b/ thing.

        • SillyWizard says:

          “I believe it’s a /b/ thing.”

          “it’s a /b/ thing.”


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          Jackablade says:

          Seems like we’ve got an infestation here. I’ll call the exterminators.

      • SuicideKing says:

        “Sooo when did people decide to do this really weird method of quoting?”

        “Sooo when did people decide to do this?”

        “Sooo when did people decide?”

        “Sooo when?”


  6. cunningmunki says:

    Q: “The year was 2011. The event was Blizzcon in Anaheim, California. I came up and asked for a picture. But ever since that day, I have yet to shower. Your musk keeps me warm on a cold winter’s eve. When is HL3 coming out?

    A: “That’s a long time not to shower.”

    “That’s a long time”
    “long time”

    • Urthman says:

      It’s the “Maybe I Can Trick Him Into Answering My Question If I Ask It Like Eric Wolpaw Would” strategy. A nice effort.