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Three Big Announcements Coming from Valve

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Not only is Valve experimenting with biometrics, but the company plans to reveal three big surprises over the next twelve months.

Although Valve didn't mention Half-Life 3 or Half-Life 2: Episode 3, the company recently said that gamers should expect "at least" three big surprises within the next 12 months. It was speculated back at E3 2010 that Valve's surprise event would reveal either of the two aforementioned games, however the company instead revealed Portal 2 coming to the PlayStation 3.

So without daring to take a guess, what should gamers expect? "I can guarantee you people are going to be surprised at stuff we do," Valve boss Gabe Newell teased in the latest issue of PC Gamer. "That isn't going to stop any time soon. I'm just laughing because... people will be shocked again."

He then added that "three pretty big surprises" are in store for gamers in the next twelve months.

Also in the works is support for biometrics. Valve has reportedly spent $50,000 on gaze-tracking technology to understand where game testers are looking during play. The company is also hooking up testers to biometric devices to not only track pulse rates, emotional reactions and more, but to give them a little jolt.

"With biometrics, rather than guessing [player states], we can actually use a variety of things like gaze tracking, skin galvanic response, pulse rate and so on," he explained. "Through combining those pieces of information, we can get a much more accurate indication of player state, so that's something we're super interested in."

To read more on Valve's master plan, check out the latest issue of PC Gamer.

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    2 billion penguins , 2 September 2010 02:35
    The announcements are a lie!

    No but really, I do hope one of those is at least hl3 or source 2
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    proletarian , 2 September 2010 02:40
    it won't be half life.
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    flaminggerbil , 2 September 2010 02:56
    over the next twelve months. we're going to be waiting for what will most likely be a large portion of a year before no more information is released on HL:E3.
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    kohvitass , 2 September 2010 03:29
    i hope they got "12 months" from their Valve Time Convertor....i really want to see half life 3 in my lifetime
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    mamac123 , 2 September 2010 03:38
    it will be episode 3 or hl3 wanna know why? the clue is in the statement itself "three pretty big surprises" okay so why "three"?
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    Waxed , 2 September 2010 04:00
    Because they didn't have four projects ready to finish. Episode 3 or HL3 would only be one (1) big surprise, but then again, will they really surprise us?
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    Rab1d-BDGR , 2 September 2010 04:32
    Surprise #1: Half-life 2: Episode 3 is scheduled for a "couple of years" time

    Surprise #2: Half-life 2: Episode 3 will be delayed from said date by a further 6 months

    Surprise #3: Half-life 2: Episode 3 will be further delayed by an additional 3 years while we update the source engine to keep it on a par with other games... again!
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    Waxed , 2 September 2010 04:49
    Not a surprise: Episode 3 will be the new "new duke nukem", forever to be waited for ..