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Valve Employee Seen Wearing Half-Life 3 Shirt

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Is this a sign that Half-Life 3 might make an appearance at E3 2012?

Chandana Ekanayak, art director and executive producer at Uber Entertainment, jumped on Twitter ten hours ago and posted a picture of someone wearing a T-shirt donning an officially unannounced Half-Life 3 logo. Ekanayak claims that he spotted the shirt at a local game development event which was worn by an actual Valve employee.

Thing is, the supposed logo would theoretically be incorrect if it indeed represents the third Half-Life installment. Following the previous Half-Life 2 layout, it's assumed that the next sequel would feature a number "3" located in the tab, and the symbol located within the circle. The shirt's logo is reversed yet it clearly reads "Half-Life 3" underneath. Had it not been for the description, this logo could have easily been tied to the long-rumored Half-Life 2: Episode 3.

But as seen in the Twitter post, Ekanayak used the hashtag "#ValveTrolling," pointing out that Valve is likely trying to cause a few waves with the shirt -- which has obviously worked. We've seen enough early "leaks," lost devices and subtle hints to know that sudden appearances like this aren't coincidental -- it's a great way to keep people interested in your upcoming product, a good PR stunt.

That said, a reference to Half-Life 3 appeared earlier this year when voice actress Ellen McLain -- who provides the voice for Portal's GlaDOS -- was linked to Half-Life 3 by her husband, another voice actor who supplies his voice to Team Fortress 2's Sniper. Then there was the DOTA 2 beta client which was found to contain a folder called "ep3" and resources for new weapons.

Does that mean Episode 3 was expanded into Half-Life 3? It wouldn’t be the first time we've heard that theory, but right now it's all mere speculation. One thing is for certain: Valve's employee wearing the Half-Life 3 shirt obviously posed for the picture, knowing full well it would soon hit the internet and have us all babbling over a possible E3 2012 reveal.

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    fonzy , December 3, 2011 3:15 AM
    Well for God sake, something has to come eventually it's going on five years since Episode 2.
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    Parsian , December 3, 2011 3:13 AM
    I just hope this is true. I cant wait to see new HL3 on new source engine. Valve is very innovative and HL franchise is IMO one of the best out there.

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    boju , December 3, 2011 3:09 AM
    arggh not this again. Although it didnt take long to get on toms.

    This is all over the hl2 forums. One of the posters there contacted valve asking for gabe but was serviced by someone else and couldn’t give any concrete evidence it was anything official.
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    Parsian , December 3, 2011 3:13 AM
    I just hope this is true. I cant wait to see new HL3 on new source engine. Valve is very innovative and HL franchise is IMO one of the best out there.

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    fonzy , December 3, 2011 3:15 AM
    Well for God sake, something has to come eventually it's going on five years since Episode 2.
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    boju , December 3, 2011 3:17 AM
    ^^ very much so. I can't wait either, though would have been nice to get ep3 out of the way first. But if hl3 took its place and is what valve thinks best then i trust them.

    I was relaying the consensus from the hl2 forums because how long have we been waiting and just about every hr there’s a hoohaa speculation about hl2 ep3 or hl3. gets a bit old that.
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    AbdullahG , December 3, 2011 3:32 AM
    Valve...and the number 3?! What witchcraft is this?!
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    ksampanna , December 3, 2011 3:55 AM
    teasing stunts like these amount to cruelty & mental harrasment
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    the_krasno , December 3, 2011 4:07 AM
    VALVE, WHY YOU TROLL YOUR LOYAL FANS? ;_;
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    toastninja17 , December 3, 2011 4:09 AM
    Valve...PLEASE JUST PLEASEEEEE release something!! I retract that statement..take your time (though it's been long enough), I want to play again :( 

    Half-Life is my favorite game series/universe, alongside Halo.
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    Anonymous , December 3, 2011 4:31 AM
    Looks shopped.
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    Anonymous , December 3, 2011 4:48 AM
    Ellen McLain -- who provides the voice for Portal's GlaDOS -- was linked to Half-Life 3 by her husband, another voice actor who supplies his voice to Team Fortress 2's Sniper.

    so, the voice for GLADOS and the sniper are married?
    holy crap I want to hear them talk.
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    Anonymous , December 3, 2011 4:59 AM
    As much as I'd love to see HL3 or Episode 3 be officially announced, I'm thinking the photo was doctored or the shirt self made.
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    internetlad , December 3, 2011 5:09 AM
    it's for team fortress 3: festival of hats.
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    RogueKitsune , December 3, 2011 5:22 AM
    Hey if Duke can happen, yes i know it was a let down, Then surely HL2 EP3/ HL3 can happen... right?
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    NuclearShadow , December 3, 2011 5:28 AM
    The boys at Valve are pretty clever, you never know this could be a trick inside a trick. "Trick" people into thinking HL3 is in development then turn around and actually trick people into thinking it is trolling. When indeed they actually are making it. Then when they announce it and everyone is in shock, they will turn around and say something like "What are you shocked about? You saw the shirt already!" Or maybe this is just me hoping that is what is actually going on.

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    Ellen McLain -- who provides the voice for Portal's GlaDOS -- was linked to Half-Life 3 by her husband, another voice actor who supplies his voice to Team Fortress 2's Sniper.


    This is neat, and I was unaware of this fact. I would have never guessed these two people even knew each other never-mind being married.
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    theuniquegamer , December 3, 2011 5:35 AM
    Whats so new about it? Someone can have faked the logo on the t shirt. Is there any official confirmation on HL3 or HL episode 3. I am waiting to play the 3rd episode of series
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    rohitbaran , December 3, 2011 7:55 AM
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    Ekanayak used the hashtag "#ValveTrolling,

    That's what I believe too. HL E3 has been delayed too long, if it was ever in development. Valve is making its money from steam. Why would they bother?
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    pocketdrummer , December 3, 2011 8:07 AM
    I guess the only real disappointment is that Valve will likely release HL3 or HL2:Ep3 on the insanely dated source engine.

    Yes, I know L4D and L4D2 were great, but it's time for a new engine already! I'm hoping this is why it's taken them so long, but I really doubt it.
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    pocketdrummer , December 3, 2011 8:08 AM
    ShoppedLolLooks shopped.


    Your MOM shopped!

    ... for diapers, back when you were born ;-)
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    dontknownotsure , December 3, 2011 8:45 AM
    man, valve really are marketing genius
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    JeTJL , December 3, 2011 8:55 AM
    Would be hilarious if Valve called it Half Life 2: episode 2 -II or something equally retarded.

    At least valve has a problem with numbers greater than two. The Final Fantasy series are up to Final Fantasy XII-2


    Anyways Valve did release something with a 3 on it a while ago, Portal 2: Songs to Test by Album.
    So don't get all surprised because that boat left.

    Valve doesn't have to update the Source engine, sure they are using Dx9, but hey these games look
    amazing on our Modern Gaming Computers and even if we don't own high end gaming computer we can still run these games flawlessly.

    Though these updates that break games should stop, especially updates that say that the update fixes things but actually breaks even more things.
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