For one of the longest games in development, Half-Life 3 still eludes us. But something recently discovered by the Steam Database Twitter, an update to Dota 2 has teased the return of Gordon Freeman. In the update, there's a text document called 'hl3.txt' which has the following lines:
- "NPCs that are in the same squad (i.e. have matching squad names) will share information about enemies, and will take turns attacking and covering each other."
- "A permanent squad member cannot leave the player's squad unless killed or explicity removed by entity I/O. Only use this if you're sure you want to override the default AI."
- "If you want your citizens to squad with the player but not obey commands the player gives to move the squad, put a concept here and this citizen will speak the concept instead of obeying the order."
Half-Life 3 confirmed? Not quite.