Valve: There Is No Half-Life 3

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Valve: There Is No Half-Life 3

Valve community manager doesn't want the community to continue trolling itself.

After years of meme-level jokes about the lack of a Half-Life game in 8 years - especially since the series was supposed to be "episodic" - the collective internet began to rumble this month. There was that guy with the Half-Life 3 tee-shirt at a Valve party, and the appearance of a phantom website with the logo clearly emblazoned upon it. A poster on Valve's official forums even claimed there was an arcane clue hidden in Wheatley's speech for Game Character of the Year at Spike's VGAs. Later in the thread, though, an official Valve community manager dispelled any illusion Gabe Newell is cooking up some secret ARG leading up to a HL3 reveal. Apparently, we are just trolling ourselves.

Here is the supposed "evidence" of Half-Life 3 hidden in the video to the right which was originally posted at Vividgamer:

  • A series of Cyrillic symbols (СПУТНИК НАБЛЮДЕНИЯ <<ЛАНТАНУМ>>) can be seen above Wheatley. Translated, the message reads: Observation Satellite "Lanthanum". Lanthanum is a periodic element in Group 3.
  • Translated to Greek, "Lanthanum" reads λανθανω. Note the lambda symbol, a gaming icon that screams Half-Life.
  • Numerous constellations can be drawn in the stars behind Wheatley, all forming lambda symbols.
  • Wheatley finishes his speech by attempting to give coordinates of his location in space. He only has time to say "1, 1, 1″ before being cut off. 1 + 1 + 1 = 3
  • The atomic number of Lanthanum is 57. 5 and 7 are the starting and ending dates in July for next years E3. 5 + 7 = 12. 6/5/12 - 6/7/12.

Wait, what? Really?

"You are being trolled. There is no ARG. Wheatley's speech was set in Portal 2 fiction - that is all," posted Chetf from Valve. "There has been no directive from Gabe to leak anything. That is all false."

In case that wasn't clear, Chetf states for the record that there is no HL3 announcement incoming. "I just want to say this so there is no confusion. 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," he said.

Of course, you know what this means? It's all obfuscation! Smoke and mirrors! Half-Life 3 must be dropping soon, if they are making official posts to tell us to stop looking for clues in meaningless symbols!

Valve fanboys, redouble your efforts! You are definitely on to something.

Source: Valve forums

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I'm honestly, truly starting to wonder if we will see another Half-Life game BEFORE Half Life 2's 10-year anniversary. 'Tis a troubling thought. :/

Sigh. I really hope HL3 doesn't go the way of Duke. After all this build up now I really doubt it can live up to my hopes.

MiracleOfSound:
Sigh. I really hope HL3 doesn't go the way of Duke.

I hope you aren't hinting that HL3 will go the way of Duke as in "vaporware and shit" rather than just "vaporware".

Whew, I'm glad they made this announcement. I was starting to worry that Half Life 3 might actually come out sometime in the next couple years. Thank goodness they let us know that we're still going to be waiting for a long time. Thanks, Valve!

MiracleOfSound:
Sigh. I really hope HL3 doesn't go the way of Duke. After all this build up now I really doubt it can live up to my hopes.

Already has. I stopped caring after HL2 EP2 came out. Valve is making so much money with TF2 and Steam, that people need to realize that we'll probably never see another Half life game ever again. Want half life 3? Mod it! Make it yourself! We do have Gmod and the ability to make our own levels! Why hasn't someone made a fan-made HL3 mod yet?

You guys think Valve just kinda forgot what Half Life is?

And when we keep bothering them about it, they're actually quite frightened because they have no idea what we're talking about.

Wait, isn't Chetf one of the L4D guys?

Welp, guess we know their big "3" announcement is now =\

Um "directive from Gabe to leak anything" I notice you didn't actually deny that there isn't anything to BE leaked.

Maybe they wouldn't have these kinds of problems if they actually acknowledged a Half-Life sequel was in the works?

If we add up the numbers in the E3 dates (6/5/12 and 6/7/12) 6+5+12=23. 2+3=5. 6+7+12=25. 2+5=7. 5+7=12. 1+2=3!! Clearly it can only mean one thing! That if you look for patterns in random data you can probably find it even if it isn't really there.

Kinda sad they came out and said everything wasn't connected. I always like watching how deep people go with ARGs. Especially when they are apparently making it all up by themselves. Although this probably won't stop them from trying.

Screw HL3. I want Episode 3.

TLS14:

MiracleOfSound:
Sigh. I really hope HL3 doesn't go the way of Duke.

I hope you aren't hinting that HL3 will go the way of Duke as in "vaporware and shit" rather than just "vaporware".

No, I'm 'hinting' at what I said in the part of my post you cut out, actually.

"They wouldn't bother to deny it if it wasn't true."

Is that what I'm reading?

MiracleOfSound:
Sigh. I really hope HL3 doesn't go the way of Duke. After all this build up now I really doubt it can live up to my hopes.

I'm tellin' ya - HL3 is Valve's doomsday card. They'll play that hand only when Valve's financial state goes to hell.

The full title for HL3 should be HL3:DNF13

Figure that out.

You know, waiting for HL2 for 6 years was... kinda funny.

This isn't funny anymore.

But right, who needs a new shooter these days. Not us, not really, and certainly not Valve, with their STEAMroller of money machine.

Someone should just write a book to make the whole HL story coherent. Then make a movie. Done. Screw the games.

Hitchmeister:
"They wouldn't bother to deny it if it wasn't true."

Is that what I'm reading?

It's a conspiracy!

While we're talking of innovative sci-fi FPS games, I've been watching a bit of Resistance 3 gameplay. And hot dayum, the second time this year (the first being Dark Souls) I feel like I need to get a console.

Too bad I'm shit with gamepads when it comes to FPS.

MiracleOfSound:
Sigh. I really hope HL3 doesn't go the way of Duke. After all this build up now I really doubt it can live up to my hopes.

What buildup? All the hype has been purely from the fans. I honestly think Valve are just sitting there waiting to see how long the community will go on trolling their selves before everyone either stops caring or dies of old age.

Fuck... Why can't Valve at least say, yes we are working on the next Half-Life. That's all they need to say, no release date or anything, just some confirmation that they are NOT leaving us hanging forever with that semi-cliffhanger of an ending to Episode 2. GAAAAH

I still think that Valve is just waiting to make Source 2 or whatever their next major engine upgrade will be called before announcing Half Life 3.

I believe this fits here nicely.
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Daverson:
Wait, isn't Chetf one of the L4D guys?

Welp, guess we know their big "3" announcement is now =\

He's actually one of the everything guys. Chet Faliszek is a writer who worked on both HL2 episodes, both Portal games and both L4D games.

Hold on....I call foul.

Valve never said there wasn't a Half Life 3, they just said it wasn't part of Wheatley.

I think that it's all a smoke screen to distract us from the truth. HL3 will be announced as soon as someone solves the ARG.

Guys, It's obvious, there IS a Half-Life 3. Keep it up fanboys. Keep it up.

I keep getting a Stockholm Syndrome feeling here among those that are so convinced that it is coming out. If i comes out it comes out, if it doesn't it doesn't.

Honestly, is Valve afraid of money or something?

Dammit, "No Half-Life 3 ARG" does not mean "No Half-Life 3" This is how modern journalism works. For real news, go to the Steam Forums.

As some people I know about have pointed out...who needs HL3? What we want is *Episode* 3, which is not the same thing...and which nothing at *all* one way or another was said about.

"There has been no directive from Gabe to leak anything. That is all false."

That's probably a reference to Steamcast, a popular podcast which has been in contact with VALVe in the past (notably they helped make the PotatoFoolsDay ARG). They recently said Gabe had given them to go-ahead to leak details about "the next Half Life game". This does not bode well for them.

Maybe they alreayd made it, but lost the only copy somewhere, rather than telling everyone and looking stupid they are still searching for it.
And looking stupid.

This news is partly incorrect, while Chet said that there isn't any ARG going on, he didn't mention anything about hl3.
I'm not saying that we'll see it soon but no ARG =/= no hl3.

MiracleOfSound:
Sigh. I really hope HL3 doesn't go the way of Duke. After all this build up now I really doubt it can live up to my hopes.

The difference being they never set a release date for hl3

this is all the fault of crazy fanboys

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