It wouldn’t be a proper year in the gaming industry without at least one rumor regarding Half-Life 3 and/or Half-Life 2: Episode 3, and this year we’ve had several.
Recently there’s been rumor that Valve was gearing up to kick off an ARG (alternate reality game) leading up to an announcement of Half-Life 3. Not only that, people picked apart Wheatley’s speech at the 2011 VGAs and found what they believed to be references to Half-Life 3. Unsurprisingly, a Valve employee recently confirmed that those rumors are false.
Valve writer Chet Faliszek took to the Steam forums and denied the recent Half-Life 3 rumors as well as Valve’s supposed plans to launch an ARG. Faliszek wrote in the post: “You are being trolled. There is no ARG. Wheatley’s speech was set in Portal 2 fiction – that is all. There has been no directive from Gabe to leak anything. That is all false.”
Faliszek continued: “I just want to say this so there is no confusion. This is the community trolling the community nothing more. While it is nice to see people excited about anything HL, I hate seeing people be trolled like this.”
Well, there you have it; Valve isn’t going to be talking about Half-Life 3 or Half-Life 2: Episode 3 anytime soon. There’s always next year!