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Valve: We Have a Surprise For You!

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Valve is ditching its big Portal 2 event at E3 2010 for a bigger, better surprise.

Tuesday evening we received a rather unusual email from Valve Software. On one hand , it shuffles in a bit of bad news for fans heading out to E3 2010 later this month. Apparently the developer is no longer planning its big Portal 2 reveal, but instead will showcase something it's keeping under wraps until the event. Given that Portal 2 is a huge release for Valve, setting it aside for something else has us wondering if Half-Life: Episode 3 will finally rear it's head.

Anyway, check out the mysterious email:

Dear Subject Name Here,

Aperture Science is pleased to inform you that we have partnered with Valve to announce the gala CANCELLATION of the June 14 Portal 2 event at the Regal Theater. The event will be replaced by a surprise. And even though the cancellation of the event certainly counts as a surprise, we are pleased to further announce that the cancellation of the event is not THE surprise. However, per International treaties regarding the definition of the word "surprise", of which both Aperture Science and Valve are signatories, the time, date and content of the actual surprise will only become available as you experience the surprise.

If you'd like to ask fruitless questions about the E3 Portal 2 surprise or, more fruitfully, schedule an appointment to attend a Portal 2 screening at the Valve booth during E3, please contact Valve's Special Envoy to Surprises.

Thank you for <<RECORD SCRATCH!!!>>

PS: The surprising record scratch is also not the surprise.

So what's the big surprise? Again, it may be Episode 3. The email itself is reminiscent of the Minerva episodic series created by Adam Foster, or at least, his method of writing. Foster announced almost two years ago that he joined Valve to work on the third episode, however details have been scarce ever since.

Could this be Half-Life 3? There's speculation. Tell us what you think... this could even be a brand new IP!

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    Anonymous , June 2, 2010 7:20 PM
    I suspect the surprise will be cake.
  • 31 Hide
    razercultmember1 , June 2, 2010 7:16 PM
    The next COUNTERSTRIKE!
  • 31 Hide
    ricardok , June 2, 2010 7:19 PM
    Hmmm.. Portal + Halflife = Halflife 3... :) 
    Now we will see APERTURE against BLACK MESA!! Yeah!!!
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  • 17 Hide
    thesupermedium , June 2, 2010 7:15 PM
    Portal 2!!!!! D:
  • 31 Hide
    razercultmember1 , June 2, 2010 7:16 PM
    The next COUNTERSTRIKE!
  • 31 Hide
    ricardok , June 2, 2010 7:19 PM
    Hmmm.. Portal + Halflife = Halflife 3... :) 
    Now we will see APERTURE against BLACK MESA!! Yeah!!!
  • 48 Hide
    Anonymous , June 2, 2010 7:20 PM
    I suspect the surprise will be cake.
  • 8 Hide
    Gin Fushicho , June 2, 2010 7:20 PM
    ...... Screw you Valve. I want Portal 2.
  • 21 Hide
    Ishkrish , June 2, 2010 7:21 PM
    I'm hoping that this will be Episode 3! I've been looking forward to continuing the legacy of Gordan Freeman!
  • 15 Hide
    anamaniac , June 2, 2010 7:22 PM
    Oh Valve, you better not be screwing with us!
  • 13 Hide
    dogofwars , June 2, 2010 7:23 PM
    Happy like a poppy if it's Episode 3
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    bipolargraph , June 2, 2010 7:24 PM
    gravity gun + Portal gun(maker)

    nades?
  • 12 Hide
    jeverson , June 2, 2010 7:26 PM
    Ep 3?.. Meh... $20-$40 for another 4-5 hours of game play that is well over a year too late... boring!!! HL3 would be better. Portal 2 would also be better. A completely new franchise woule be even better... provided it's good of course. A new DX11 engine would also be good.
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    myriad46 , June 2, 2010 7:27 PM
    The suprise will be that they have stopped working on Portal II so that they can relase Episode 3 in 2012. Then they will get with Blizzard and help them to finish Diablo 3 by 2014. Wasn't the point of episodic content to have it released more frequently. Big fail, Valve.
  • 4 Hide
    Pyroflea , June 2, 2010 7:27 PM
    I feel that it will be EP3, but I'd be equally happy with HL3 :) 
  • 4 Hide
    kencolestud69 , June 2, 2010 7:27 PM
    I will be so happy if it is a new version of counter strike!
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    micr0be , June 2, 2010 7:29 PM
    oh boy oh boy oh boy !!!!!111111oneoneoneone
  • 9 Hide
    tolham , June 2, 2010 7:30 PM
    it's ricochet 2!
  • 11 Hide
    MadAdmiral , June 2, 2010 7:32 PM
    I'd bet the surprise is that Portal 2 will be bundled with Episode 3. Either that or Valve will have a first look at Halflife 3.

    Whatever it is, it doesn't really matter. It's Valve so everyone knows it will be great and everyone knows they'll be buying it. What's the point in guessing?
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    zachary k , June 2, 2010 7:33 PM
    oh....god... portal 2 was big enough, what is bigger than portal 2? HL:EP3? HL3? TF3! CS2!? the possibilities are endless! valve is the best video game company ever, who cares about size and profit when you are this cool.
  • 17 Hide
    FATAL STR1K3 , June 2, 2010 7:35 PM
    but is the cake still a lie??
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    tolham , June 2, 2010 7:35 PM
    Quote:
    oh....god... portal 2 was big enough, what is bigger than portal 2? HL:EP3? HL3? TF3! CS2!? the possibilities are endless! valve is the best video game company ever, who cares about size and profit when you are this cool.

    i wouldn't be half surprised it they unveiled L4D3.
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