I’ve been a vocal opponent of Episodes almost from the beginning. I don’t like them and feel they have stifled the modding community by making modders unsure which engine they should make the mod for. (It’s my understand that the OB SDk solved that problem but I am not sure). I believe that Valve have publicly stated that they were reconsidered their stance on Episodes, although I couldn’t find a reference to it. It did find this though from Doug Lombardi: “we’re taking more time because it’s a more ambitious project”.
I am hoping that means the game will be longer.
Now, of course, long doesn’t automatically mean good but I would rather wait 5 years for a full game, even if it means dropping the Episode 3 title, than getting a game of more or less the same length as Ep1 or Ep2.
In my case it’s got nothing to do with the cost but rather the enjoyment. If they rleased Episodes every year I might be able to handle that but they don’t and in that case I’d rather wait the full term.
Back in October 2007 I asked the question Would you have preferred Half-Life 3 as a full game or as episodes? and it’s clear from the results that most PP readers who voted wanted the full game.
The question is Would you?