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

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 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.

  • Goldengoose
    I'd rather be trolled and have hope than not at all :(
  • ko2n777
    Then what are they developing? Better be Portal 3 lol.
  • stonedatheist
    Just give the people what they want already: HL2 E3 of course :)
  • alidan
    watch it turn out to be team Fortress 3
  • Waiting........So..........Long. Sigh, as long as they make a worthy successor. I suppose it will be worth the wait.. Must avenge Eli Vance !
  • dimar
    Why not make it a double release. Half Life 2 Ep3 + Half Life 3. They'll get so much cash.
  • snowpeak
    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."
  • zanny
    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.
  • jkflipflop98
    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.
  • JeTJL
    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.