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Valve's Chet Faliszek Nukes Rumors of Half-Life 3

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One t-shirt essentially started the Half-Life 3 rumor train that, for now, has come to an abrupt end.

Earlier this month, a Valve employee was spotted by Chandana Ekanayak, art director and executive producer at Uber Entertainment, at a local game development event wearing a Half-Life 3 T-shirt. While the logo itself was inconsistent with the design of the Half-Life 2 logo (reversed actually), the shirt clearly read "Half-Life 3" underneath the design.

Since then, numerous Half-Life 3 rumors have surfaced. One stems from a website located at www.black-aperture.com that, at this moment, features nothing but a blank, black page. But at one time it featured the correct Half-Life 3 logo, and the logos for Steam, Valve and Source lined along the bottom. A hidden Aperture Science logo was also reportedly seen within the Half-Life 3 symbol by slightly tilting the screen.

Then a source for Valve's supposed ARG, Doug Rattmann, reportedly tweeted a countdown for a possible Half-Life 3 announcement, writing "Min: 60 days, Max: Unknown." The tweet followed the release of the Wheatley acceptance speech video from the VGA's that supposedly had hidden Half-life 3 messages embedded within. What didn't help stifle the Half-Life 3 speculation was Rattmann's "It Begins" tweet following the video.

If that wasn't enough to get the Half-Life 3 wheels spinning (and for good reason), somewhere in the timeline, Valve boss Gabe Newell said to leak Half-Life 3 details in order to gain consumer interest. Getting a little tired of the trolling, Valve's Chet Faliszek finally jumped on the official Steam forums and laid to rest any question about the third installment being in production. Turns out Half-Life 3 may not be in development after all.

"You are being trolled," he writes. "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."

"I just want to say this so there is no confusion," he added. "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."

Bummer. See what happens when you wear a cool shirt to a party? All hell breaks loose.

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    jkflipflop98 , December 29, 2011 7:41 AM
    Last time I was in school, if you had a bunch of people with money in-hand asking you for something it was in your best interest to give it to them so you can profit.

    Apparently this isn't the case anymore.
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    Goldengoose , December 29, 2011 6:34 AM
    I'd rather be trolled and have hope than not at all :( 
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    stonedatheist , December 29, 2011 6:44 AM
    Just give the people what they want already: HL2 E3 of course :) 
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    Goldengoose , December 29, 2011 6:34 AM
    I'd rather be trolled and have hope than not at all :( 
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    ko2n777 , December 29, 2011 6:37 AM
    Then what are they developing? Better be Portal 3 lol.
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    stonedatheist , December 29, 2011 6:44 AM
    Just give the people what they want already: HL2 E3 of course :) 
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    alidan , December 29, 2011 6:49 AM
    watch it turn out to be team Fortress 3
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    anort3 , December 29, 2011 6:50 AM
    Waiting........So..........Long. Sigh, as long as they make a worthy successor. I suppose it will be worth the wait.. Must avenge Eli Vance !
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    dimar , December 29, 2011 7:27 AM
    Why not make it a double release. Half Life 2 Ep3 + Half Life 3. They'll get so much cash.
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    snowpeak , December 29, 2011 7:27 AM
    Considering how they completely failed at the quicker episodic releases it would be nice to hear something about whats going with the future of Half-Life. Last we heard, Valve was going to be releasing more Half Life at a faster pace in episodes, but this of course did not happen at all. So it would be great if we could hear something from Valve. Are they working on it or are they not working on it?

    People just want to hear something instead of being left in the dark. I would be happy to hear something even if was something like "we have 3 people working on HL3, it will be out in maybe 5 years."
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    zanny , December 29, 2011 7:38 AM
    We know from experience Gabe is allergic to the number 3. So they might be releasing Portal 2 Episode 2 or Left 4 Dead 2 Episode 1 or something lacking that quintessential 3 in its title.
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    jkflipflop98 , December 29, 2011 7:41 AM
    Last time I was in school, if you had a bunch of people with money in-hand asking you for something it was in your best interest to give it to them so you can profit.

    Apparently this isn't the case anymore.
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    JeTJL , December 29, 2011 7:55 AM
    Valve hasn't released Counter Strike: Global Offensive, and Defense of the Ancients 2 yet. They arn't announcing the next Half Life game because they are busy working on these two games.

    Just wait until they release these two games, we may see something come out from the Half Life Universe.
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    tomc100 , December 29, 2011 7:58 AM
    They need to work on Source 2 before they start working on Ep 3. The Source engine is too old for today's standards.
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    fonzy , December 29, 2011 8:21 AM
    Obviously they are developing it and at least since the end of Episode 2 (going on 5 year) So I highly doubt it would take that long to make Episode 3 so it is most likely Half-Life 3 or at the very least Episode 3 on a new engine.

    They are trolling people by saying "you are being Trolled" an announcement will be made soon I guarantee it, Valve is to big of an outfit and there is to much money to be made for valve to keep on the back burner to long.

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    evang , December 29, 2011 8:22 AM
    He's trolling.
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    unionoob , December 29, 2011 8:31 AM
    Well.. I would love to know what they have been doing for all those years? Sure they have released Portals 2 and Left 4 dead 2 but did those games really ate all there man power? did it really require so much man power to make TF2 hats? this is almost 5 years since Episode 2 and still no sign about episode 3 or hl3. Ok Valve now are developing CS:GO.. but to be honest that game looks disappointing.. its nothing new same old good CSS just with a bit better graphics and some new weapon models makes me ask what have Valve been doing for all those years...
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    leper84 , December 29, 2011 8:43 AM
    unionoobWell.. I would love to know what they have been doing for all those years? Sure they have released Portals 2 and Left 4 dead 2 but did those games really ate all there man power? did it really require so much man power to make TF2 hats? this is almost 5 years since Episode 2 and still no sign about episode 3 or hl3. Ok Valve now are developing CS:GO.. but to be honest that game looks disappointing.. its nothing new same old good CSS just with a bit better graphics and some new weapon models makes me ask what have Valve been doing for all those years...


    I would guess they've been pretty busy with steam... but then again that isn't much of an excuse. Going buy the massive piles of cash steam rakes in they could probably afford to hire a few more people to help out...

    I understand 'valve time' but hopefully they realize we the people who made them filthy rich in the first place want to buy more stuff and are getting somewhat impatient..
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    tpi2007 , December 29, 2011 9:15 AM
    It was an honor for me to have the Valve staff come to the thread I created over there :D .

    I however have to say that it seems to me that they are keeping hope alive, they were just forced to cool down the community because some trolls hyped things up in a way Valve can't manage because that hype probably wouldn't last until the real release date of the game. But they are certainly keeping hope alive. I mean, look at the Moderator coming a few posts after the Valve staff guy, remembering that he has a thread going on with Half-Life 3 hints discovered by him or other members.

    Also, watch Wheatley's acceptance speech (for the prize he actually didn't win) and notice the last sentence he says: "Well, maybe next year."

    Valve Releases Wheatley’s VGA 2011 “Character Of The Year” Never-Aired Acceptance Short – Hints Towards A Secret Valve Single-Player Game To Be Released In 2012?

    The Wheatley acceptance speech for the award he didn't win is telling - "Well, maybe next year.". As the article very well says, no award has ever been given to a multiplayer only character, so that leaves out Dota 2, CS: GO, and any eventual Left 4 Dead 3, or even Team Fortress 3 (but I think Valve already said they weren't going to release any TF sequel anytime soon). What does that leave us with ? HL2: EP3 or HL3 or Portal 3, but, while that is the most immediate conclusion you can take from the video, it doesn't seem likely Valve would release a third Portal game so soon. Given that the Half-Life universe and the Portal universe are connected, it makes perfect sense to interpret that as next year Half-Life 2: Episode 3 or Half-Life 3 will eventually have a nominated candidate for the award.
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    nottheking , December 29, 2011 10:02 AM
    evangHe's trolling.

    Yes, this certainly does beg the question: who's the one messing with people? There's a legitimate reason to believe either side. I suppose we'll find out, but at least it's entertaining for now.

    Personally, I'd be happy to see a PC-based FPS, that wasn't yet-another Call of Duty clone.
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    kettu , December 29, 2011 10:26 AM
    tomc100They need to work on Source 2 before they start working on Ep 3. The Source engine is too old for today's standards.


    It's perfectly fine. HL2 is still one of the best shooters around. Gameplay is much more important than fancy graphics.
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    digitalzom-b , December 29, 2011 10:40 AM
    kettuIt's perfectly fine. HL2 is still one of the best shooters around. Gameplay is much more important than fancy graphics.


    New engines can enhance gameplay quite a bit though by including better AI and physics. New graphics would be nice because the better it looks, the more immersive it is, for me at least. It's not a main factor, but brings the player in. I'd love to see a new engine from Valve to be honest.
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    Anonymous , December 29, 2011 12:06 PM
    Team Fortress 3? No way. The long development of TF2 is only been surpassed by one game. Duke nukem Forever. Another development project that long would kill me!
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