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We May Know Valve's Big Super Secret

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 63 comments

More talk about what Valve plans to reveal.

Recently we reported that Valve Software sent the press an unusual email announcing that the Portal 2 pre-E3 press event was canceled. Instead, Valve would reveal a big surprise that's left many fans and journalists speculating.

Some of us assumed that the company would finally reveal Half-Life 2: Episode 3, the long-awaited installment that feels a bit more like vaporware at this point. However that's not the case--the possibility was shot down by head honcho Gabe Newell.

A mysterious image soon appeared, supposedly from the actual E3 pamphlet. The image sported the Half-Life logo with "Freeman" and "June 14" centered underneath. Newell also nuked any possibilities of what the image would indicate, claiming that it was a fake. Again, we were left wondering just what Valve was up to.

Now rumors have surfaced that Valve will introduce Source Engine 2. An anonymous source said that it's possible Valve will actually show Half-Life 3 running on the new engine, backing up our belief that Valve may have turned Episode 3 into a full-fledged sequel.

Yet if Gordon Freeman isn't part of the June 14 equation, then Valve may simply announce just the engine alone. We tried to get to the bottom of the matter, however Valve has yet to return our emails.

It's reported that Valve's big surprise will not take place before Microsoft (June 14) or Sony (June 15) press conferences. It may be that Valve plans to reveal its surprise at one or both events next week.

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    Pyroflea , June 9, 2010 6:01 PM
    I am so excited. New Engine = Win. HL3 would be nice as well :D 
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    spikey_monkey , June 9, 2010 6:03 PM
    If it is Source 2 I pray it follows in the footsteps of the first Source engine. In my opinion Source rivals the scalability of Blizzard's creations. It's simply amazing how well my ancient computer could run HL2, CS:S, DoD:S and TF2.
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    bikeracer4487 , June 9, 2010 6:12 PM
    Oh God...that would be awesome beyond words...just thinking about Half-Life 3 put a big, stupid grin on my face...
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  • 28 Hide
    Pyroflea , June 9, 2010 6:01 PM
    I am so excited. New Engine = Win. HL3 would be nice as well :D 
  • 27 Hide
    spikey_monkey , June 9, 2010 6:03 PM
    If it is Source 2 I pray it follows in the footsteps of the first Source engine. In my opinion Source rivals the scalability of Blizzard's creations. It's simply amazing how well my ancient computer could run HL2, CS:S, DoD:S and TF2.
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    TunaSoda , June 9, 2010 6:05 PM
    What if they announce a Steam/Apple merger?
    SUCK!
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    aznguy0028 , June 9, 2010 6:06 PM
    Woo! New engine is definitely a win! dunno if it's just me but I'm pretty excited about the possibility of a new CounterStrike (along with HL3 too of course) xD
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    CoryInJapan , June 9, 2010 6:09 PM
    HECK YEEAAAAAHHHHHH.I mean this is not a confirmation, but even though they said no episode 3...They never said no source engine 2 or half life 3...Which is what Ive been thinking they were doing for a while now.I hope and almost feel like Im right.

    WOOOOT more gordan and a crow bar. =) hopefully
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    enderwiggen , June 9, 2010 6:10 PM
    I'm going to crap my pants from pure joy if HL3 is announced!
  • 17 Hide
    bikeracer4487 , June 9, 2010 6:12 PM
    Oh God...that would be awesome beyond words...just thinking about Half-Life 3 put a big, stupid grin on my face...
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    borisof007 , June 9, 2010 6:15 PM
    /scream like a little girl, I can't wait!
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    Transmaniacon , June 9, 2010 6:16 PM
    Maybe this is why Portal 2 is not being announced, because doing so would then reveal the new engine...
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    Strider-Hiryu_79 , June 9, 2010 6:16 PM
    If it's Half-Life 3 with source engine 2....that also means new counter-strike too right?

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    Transmaniacon , June 9, 2010 6:17 PM
    And LFD5 and TF3 and Portal 2
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    amrsss , June 9, 2010 6:18 PM
    i thought, that there "was" a picture showing 61810 with Duke Nukem in background, on Source2 engin or that's just another hoax... just like "Freeman" picture.. :) 
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    Transmaniacon , June 9, 2010 6:22 PM
    LFD3***
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    Anonymous , June 9, 2010 6:30 PM
    How about an orange box part deux?
    HL3 + TF3 + Portal 2 on Source 2
    Pure gaming bliss!
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    zachary k , June 9, 2010 6:30 PM
    STOP TAUNTING US!!! can we just leave it along and not talk about it until they tell us at 3E? this is killing me!
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    sliem , June 9, 2010 6:32 PM
    I want LFD that is more than 4 vs 4, which demands more undead types, melee weapons, firearms and other gadgets.
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    deathmustard , June 9, 2010 6:32 PM
    They have said the suprise is about portal 2. So not anything to do with source 2 or half life. http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/109/1095881p1.html
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    bustapr , June 9, 2010 6:33 PM
    No engine reveal would be bigger than Portal 2. The guy said it wont be Ep 3, so the next thing bigger than portal 2 would obviously be HL3. Thats even better than an Ep 3 announcement. But no, no company would call off the press for their biggest game to announce an engine.
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    tokenz , June 9, 2010 6:35 PM
    TunaSodaWhat if they announce a Steam/Apple merger?SUCK!


    Steam for ipad now featuring Farmville for all your rts needs.
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    Transmaniacon , June 9, 2010 6:43 PM
    The new source engine is relevant to Portal 2, but like bustapr said, and I have to agree, the new engine won't be bigger than the Portal game, so if its not Portal 2, and its not Half Life 2: Episode 3, then it has to be Half Life 3 (with source engine 2). If this is the case then its safe to assume Portal 2 will be using the new engine, and they may even tell us about L4D3 and TF3.
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