"In an exclusive interview we at StuffWeLike.com have had official confirmation that there will be a Half Life 3.We are not talking about Half Life 2: Episode 3 but a Half Life title after that one.
Our confirmation comes after taking with Doug Lombardi the guy responsible for all those PR pieces you have seen and read recently about Half Life 2: Episode 2. While discussing the game mechanics that run the Orange Box Portal game the topics of future games came up. These interview pieces are below and we do have permission from Valve to release it to you guys. Even though its not much in terms of details even getting a confirmation that there will be another game is a first!
TS-SWL: With the ending of Episode 2 going directly to help the feeling of ďmust play Episode 3 nowĒ could you give the current estimated date for Episode 3ís release?
DL: We havenít announced a date for Ep Three just yet.
TS-SWL: Are there any current plans after Episode 3 to have a Half Life 3?
DL: We havenít announced anything specific, but Half-Life wonít end at Episode Three Ė hang on to your crowbars!
TS-SWL: For Portal, can you explain in laymanís terms how the engine allows the mechanics to make it so you can go from one point to another? Does it duplicate the room after a portal location is selected or is it something else?
DL: A portal is two planar rectangles in 3D space. When both portals are placed we build a mathematical formula that converts position and angle values from one portal to the other. Rendering the portal is done in a separate pass where we use that formula to covert the playerís view position and angles to the view they see through the portal.
We also generate special collision data to represent the portal hole by grabbing collision data near each portal, combining them, and carving a rectangular whole through the center. When the player is near the portal they use this collision data instead of the standard data, allowing them to pass through the wall. We then use the conversion formula to teleport the player to the proper position after theyíve gone more than halfway through the portal.
Itís of course a lot more complex than that, but thatís the basic idea."
linhail87on May 27 2010 10:43:47
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