A new style of protest(?) arrived this weekend in an effort to uncover information about the unfinished Half-Life series. The ‘Call for Communication Steam Group‘ has asked fans across the Internet to play some Half-Life 2 to show their support.
The group doesn’t aim to speed up development in any way or cause a disturbance, they are adamant the movement is to show Valve that there is still a large fan-base for old games. Instead of focusing their efforts in a negative or disrespectful way, members have decided to gain Valve’s attention by showing how keen they are on the series.
Since Half-Life 2: Episode 2, Valve has released a number of new games and their sequels such as, Portal 1 and 2, Left 4 Dead 1 and 2 and even Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has been announced.
With the last cliff hanger at the end of Episode 2 being over 4 years old now, Gordon Freeman isn’t in the same lot as Duke Nukem but one wonders if GearBox will be announcing anything in the next 10 years regarding Half-Life 3.
“The entire trilogy of episodes was supposed to be completed and released by 2007, and if Valve have decided to do other things for the time being, that is fine,” the group’s profile says. “All that we ask for is a basic response on the matter, and to let fans know whether or not the current story arc is scheduled to conclude at another point in time.”
I think after this time some sort of announcement is warranted to the community, however Valve has remained tight lipped on the issue as they do with most things.
The “Red Letter Day” began at 2:00 pm EST on February 4 and aims to run for as long as it can with more than 50,000 members showing support from across the globe. Even Markus Persson @Notch the creator of Minecraft got in on the event,
“Just spent 7.5 hours playing/streaming HL2 nonstop. Had to turn it down from Hard about 80% through the game due to striders.
So dust off the Orange Box and show some support. Do it for Alyx Vance and the G Man.