Two weeks ago we reported on the Half-Life community movement which was aiming to convince Valve through fan-love to open up and share a little official information regarding the future of the series and the much anticipated, long-rumored Half-Life 2: Episode Three/Half-Life 3.

10,000 fans had amassed on Steam in a matter of days and the movement earned the attention of gaming media outlets. Today the group sits at over 30,000 fans and they have begun planning fun events to draw more attention to the franchise.

On Saturday, members of the group are planning to get as many fans as possible onto Steam to play Half-Life 2. It’s a single-player game of course, but the idea is to get enough people playing it so that the game becomes one of the most active on Steam and earns the attention of Valve. It’s fun and if you dig replaying the classics, or missed out on Half-Life 2, it’s a neat way to join the community for a weekend gaming event.

The group was formed out of frustration that there’s been no word from Valve on a Half-Life 2: Episode Two follow-up, especially considering the success of the game, Valve’s Steam service and all of their games since. There have been countless rumors about Half-Life 3 but Valve has yet to discuss the game, and some fans are growing impatient.

They do now however, want to force Valve’s hand or rush development in any way. They just want to encourage the developers to communicate with the community and they’re talking a fun-loving, for-the-gamer approach to the situation which we can certainly appreciate in this day and age online. Here’s their mission statement from the ‘A Call For Communication‘ Steam Group page.

The lack of communication between Valve and the Half-Life community has been a frustrating experience. While continued support for current and future products is greatly appreciated, fans of the Half-Life series have waited years for a word on when the franchise will return.

So, Instead of focusing efforts in a negative and disrespectful way, we have decided to gain Valve’s attention by delivering a basic message:

Your oldest and longest running fanbase would like better communication.

Waiting patiently for over four years is a daunting task, especially when E3 comes and goes without any beat of a Half-Life pulse, time and time again. Valve had stated that information was scheduled to be released towards the end of 2008, and we believe that if they have chosen, for whatever reason, to withhold this information, fans should at least be acknowledged in some way, regardless of developmental plans for the next Half-Life project. 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; 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.

In addition: This message is in no way, shape or form attempting to rush the development of the Half-Life series; in fact, most members agree that Valve should take the time needed to deliver a complete and polished product.

If you agree with the above message and statements, please join this group and share your support constructively.

Hopefully such attention will be recognized by Valve, and the community’s voice will be heard.

If you’re interested in playing, or simply wish to support the cause, you can join the group here. The Half-Life 2 event begins at 11AM PST/2PM EST so join in, and help Gordon Freeman.

Anxious for news for the next Half-Life installment? Or is Valve taking years of time and not discussing it fine by you?

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Source: Message to Valve Steam Group (via PC Gamer)

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