In 2007, Valve released The Orange Box. A single disc that featured five games; sure two of them were already out but it didn’t detract from the amazing product this was all around. It featured Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2 Episode 1 and 2, Team Fortress 2, and introduced us to Portal. Every game in this package was just as good as each other but all offered completely different experiences. Valve have always been great to its community, despite making them wait prolonged periods of time to see the release of their games. Although it has become a running joke surrounding Valve with people waiting for a third episode in Half-Life 2 Episode 3, or even just Half-Life 3, it got me thinking about the possible sequel to the best deal this generation.
It may sound farfetched just simply because there would be a massive audience that would pay double the price of a normal game just for Half-Life 3 but Valve are not known to ever rip-off their fans. There have also been a few bits of information that has come out that could be seen as chances for a second Orange Box.
Team Fortress 2 going free to play
The F2P model seems to be the way forward for games to stay strong and make money. At the same time, it can sometimes be used to make room for a new product. Last year, Valve decided to make their hat loving multiplayer shooter go free to play. Naturally this is another great thing Valve have done to give back to their fans by making the game free for everybody to enjoy.
But what if you were try to find something in this this decision. What if they are making this game free so it can make space for a new multiplayer shooter, be it Team Fortress 3 or something else entirely.
The inevitable return of Gordan Freeman
Any fan of Half-Life will say that it’s just been far too long since we’ve been on an adventure with the scientist tuned hero. Gabe Newell was talking on a podcast episode of Seven Day Cooldown and when asked about Ricochet 2, which obviously wasn’t a question about the game in question, he gave great insight into the development of Half-Life 3, he answered:
“In terms of Ricochet 2, we always have this problem that when we talk about things too far in advance,” 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.”
This open honesty from Newell shows that is more and more willing to talk about the series, which, as he said above doesn’t want to talk about things too far in advance, This could mean that Half-Life 3 is getting close enough that he can start talking about it, even if it is cryptically.
The hardware game
For months now, there have been many rumours surrounding Valve entering the hardware space, whether it be by themselves or with that small little company called Apple, even though Newell has come out and said that the meeting never happened. Either way, if Valve came out at E3 or even further down the road and announced a “Steambox”. A computer with the accessibility of a console with the power of a PC, that may get some people excited. What if they announced also announced The Orange Box 2? A package that featured Half-Life 3 among other things and that it will either be exclusively on the system or even just a timed-exclusive on the system. Honestly how many of you would run out and get the system then?
Valve are not one to exclude fans but this would make them stand out on their own, and using Steam as a sort of operating system means players can still connect to PC and MAC users. If the work around all those features, it’d be quite safe to say that Valve would be in a strong position to finally be considered one of the biggest players in the hardware market.
These are just a few of many more little bits of information that could point to The Orange Box 2. There are many reasons why and why not an Orange Box 2 would ever come about but because Valve keep tight lipped about all their projects, anything is a possibility with them. Would you like The Orange Box 2? What titles would you like to see in that package?