Tool's New Album to Be Released as Downloadable Content in Half-Life 3, Band Hints at 2016 Release

Danny Carrey listed as voice actor, Maynard might appear as the new G-Man, Valve co-founder Gabe Newell explains.

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The latest Tool announcement is bound to strike you as a double edged sword, since the band has officially confirmed that their new album will be released as downloadable content in the massively-anticipated "Half-Life 3" game. However, we might have to wait until 2016 to get our hands on it.

The unexpected fusion was announced during a special Valve press event, with co-founder Gabe Newell explaining how "Tool's unique expression serves as the perfect musical parallel to what we're planning to bring with Half-Life 3."

As Newell further noted, the company opted to include the group's new album in the package to "aid the struggling music industry." In Gabe's words, "the music industry has been seriously struggling for well over a decade now, whereas the gaming business keeps blooming.

"The statistics say it all - fans are willing to spend a significant amount of money to buy video games, but are way pickier when it comes to music. We did some research, and it turns out that they wouldn't mind paying additional $20 for a game with a music album included, but would hardly consider buying the album on its own for $20 and would rather download it. Go figure."

Tool's webmaster confirmed the news, noting that the release of the final product might take about two more years, along with a few other interesting hints. "The idea is that some of the songs will also be featured during the game, so in order for them to fit perfectly with the HL3 environment, adjustments will be made on both sides. The guys got really inspired with the whole concept and already started working on three new songs.

"From what I understood, the project will be postponed for about two years, but should result in the most amazing fusion of music and gaming ever. I can't really say much at the moment, keep up with the website updates for more info," the webmaster concluded.

Back to the Valve event, Newell dropped another interesting announcement, confirming that drummer Danny Carey was already "listed as one of the voice actors." As Gabe explained, "some of you might know that Danny was one of the voice actors in 'Free Birds' last year. The guy really has a talent for everything, so we figured we might as well use him on this one."

Without revealing any details, Newell also hinted that singer Maynard James Keenan might be featured as one of the game's NPCs. "Maynard's just such a unique person, he's perfect for a boss battle or maybe even the new G-Man! I'm just throwing ideas here, but we're definitely thinking in that direction," he said.

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    Tool, Wrench, Gordon uses a wrench, Half-Life 3 confirmed.
    This is literally the greatest article, fake or real, ever written. If only it were true... UG you guys made my day so much better. thank you.
    If your going to release serious news, don't do it on 4/1. April fools bitches! But I wish this was so true
    At this point, it really wouldn't surprise me if this was a true story disguised as an April Fool's prank!
    mat hazelwood
    I'm blaming me working nights and just getting off work for believing this news, I was seriously devastated for 35 seconds...thank god for comments section
    sad thing is that this reminds me of just how long Ive been waiting for both HL3 and Tool album...
    Might've believed this if you didn't already use it in your joke list of Top 10 predictions for 2014.
    It's funny how I've fallen for some April Fool's jokes but I knew a new Tool album release date was too good and instantly caught it as an April Fool's joke.
    you may have gotten me two years ago with the whole "Metallica is calling it quits" thing, but not this year, not by a long shot
    Damn. Reading this just gives me false hopes even though I know it's April Fools. It just hurts imagining how awesome this would be if it were true and then knowing it will never ever happen just kills it for me.
    Thats aprill fools guys, it will be relased with Starcraft 3 in 2017. Im telling u, protoss gonna land on earth with carriers and give terrans tool dvd.
    I was shocked at all the headlines today, but this was the one that made me actually check the date
    Fuck! I forgot it was April fools until I read the comments. Son of a bitch! Lol..I read this whole thing for nothing! Now if it is true!, well than that would still be awzome
    Very clever guys, love it! I actually believe Tool are formulating ways to maximise album sales and beat the pirates so I was half taken in by it.
    Yeah, of all people, Tool are the ones trying to sell a lot of copies....