Leaked Half-Life VR Code Spotted In Steam And DOTA 2 Updates

Written by Jon Sutton on Tue, Oct 11, 2016 11:35 AM
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I, like any person hoping to retain their sanity, have come to terms with the knowledge that Half-Life 3 will ever see the light of day. Because let’s face it, it won’t. But the flicker of hope has once more been reignited with a new update pushed to DOTA 2 which mentions HLVR, the oft-rumoured Half-Life virtual reality game.

So there’s a couple of places this suspicious naming has cropped up recently. Firstly, there was an update to Steam VR’s Destinations app at the end of September. Now this week we have the DOTA 2 update, which for some odd reason contains a bunch of Half-Life assets which to all intents and purposes look like the were created for a VR edition of Gordon’s Combine-baiting jaunts.

The files themselves are pretty incriminating as well, and evidently nothing whatsoever to do with DOTA 2. Choice picks include HLVRPropTripmine, C_HLVR_TeleportControllerm vr_draw_hand and HLVRPropFlashlight. Mmhmm. These are all files which have recently been updated as well, so there’s active work going on for them, but what they’re doing lurking in a DOTA 2 update is anybody’s guess.

If Valve is ever going to make a new Half-Life game it’s going to be to push an agenda. There’s not enough long-term money to be gained from pushing out a bog-standard single-player shooter considering Valve skims 30% off every one of those released on Steam anyway. Since the announcement of the HTC Vive and SteamVR, the obvious answer was Half-Life VR. If there’s a game that can shift units and kickstart VR into the mainstream it’s most definitely a new Half-Life. I know many people’s first reaction will be to say they hate VR, but that’s exactly what the majority said about Steam back when it arrived with Half-Life 2 and look how that turned out.

Valve has been its usual coy self on the matter, although programmer Jeep Barnett did break cover last year to say “We’re not saying ‘no’ [to a new Half-Life] but we don’t know what the right things is.”

Does the idea of a VR-centric Half-Life experience sound good to you? Could it be the boost VR sorely needs?

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09:30 Oct-12-2016

After everything that's been happening with Value's games... now i don't want Half Life 3.

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03:50 Oct-12-2016

really? no one?...
HALF LIFE 3 CONFIRMED!

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02:14 Oct-13-2016

gonna have to grab a vr headset now, talk about killer app! hl3vr is in bb

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20:27 Oct-11-2016

I kinda think people are getting excited over nothing about HLVR.... my guess is that it's just a VR compatible update for the HL engine, which many of their games use.......in other words... not necessarily HLVR but CSGO VR.

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17:46 Oct-11-2016

"leaked" aka deliberately put there to get fans thinking.

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15:48 Oct-11-2016

I think they will never make it,because they know no matter what the game will never live up to the hype

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17:09 Oct-11-2016

Half life 3 that is

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12:15 Oct-11-2016

Another reason that justifies my purchase of the Vive :D

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12:00 Oct-11-2016

i still don't understand how half life coding ends up in dota 2.... like how much can one person miss place coding

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12:24 Oct-11-2016

Or maybe that's exactly what they WANT you to think. :D

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12:34 Oct-11-2016

ehh... I'd like to say that they just use the same tools, same engine, on different games.
Its kinda like GTA, where they still keeps a few minor assets from the previous game, just nonfunctional and unused.

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12:40 Oct-11-2016

I'm just saying its a possibility. I've personally heard crazier things.

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13:33 Oct-11-2016

I know, just giving him the most possible answer to his question.
Seriously though, Valve has no reason to release any new games, not even a new Counter Strike, Dota, or Team Fortress, not unless they make the items currently present compatible with the new game, Valve is already earning billions per year, and to be honest, I had a thought that they don't plan to release another Half Life game anytime soon, just because they are afraid/worried that Half life 3 will be a disappointment and will cause the company chaos, and in my theory the highest chance we'l get Half Life 3 is when the company starts to slow down when it comes to profits.
Not saying they shouldn't make a Half Life 3, since I too want it, but it was just a thought that can be possible.

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