Half-Life 3 Confirmed!
April 1, 2013

Half-Life 3 Confirmed!

The following post was part of an April Fools Day prank and should not be taken as “truth.”

After five long years of silence from Valve, the time has finally come for the long-awaited Half-Life 2: Episode 3.

For years now, fans of Half-Life looking to gain a little bit of short-lived fame have forged several gameplay and concept art leaks. Some of the more impressive ‘leaks’ can be found here and here.

Last summer, a bunch of concept art also was leaked by Valve Time. It was claimed that the pictures were made by Valve in 2008. At first, they were received with some skepticism, but a few of Valve’s moderators replied to these pictures, confirming that they are legitimate concept art. If that doesn’t confirm the development of Episode 3, I don’t know what does.

But wait! There’s more!

A few days ago, a website using the URL http://wakeupdrfreeman.com went online. The website featured nothing but a simple countdown timer with the Half-Life logo posted on it that seemed to count down to June 12, 2013. After receiving massively heavy traffic from the gamer masses, the website was shut down on March 27.

At first glance, the URL may catch your eye. “Wake up, Dr. Freeman” was the first line from the opening cutscene of Half-Life 2: Episode 1. Half-Life 2: Episode 2 ended in darkness, just as it had begun, so this is a perfect tease for a new Half-Life game. Half-Life 2: Episode 2 was released in 2007, over five years ago. “Wake up, Dr. Freeman” could be a message for the fans to wake up and rejoice, because the long wait is finally over.

But what does the countdown mean?

For gaming aficionados, you may know that June 12 is the second day of E3 this year. For those who don’t know, E3 is a convention where all the biggest publishers and studios in the industry highlight their new projects, promote new games, and hold press conferences.

After Valve’s decision to participate little in E3 2012, it seems they may be setting up for something big come June. Gamers have been waiting years for the releases of Left 4 Dead 3, Half-Life 2: Episode 3, and Portal 3, and Valve has done nothing to even tease these games to the players until now.

My guess is that Valve not only introduces Half-Life Episode 3, but also Left 4 Dead 3, Portal 3, and Team Fortress 3. These groundbreaking series are all completely unique in their own rights, and building them up to release a torrent of content for the fans would be a perfect way to end this console generation, or kick off the new one.

Finally, the time has come so that we can stop holding our breath. You’ve waited for this for five years now. Valve has finally decided to man up, and prove to us that they can, indeed, count to three. Gamers rejoice, for the savior is coming! Let us repent from the uninventive annual releases of Call of Duty and turn our soul towards the long-awaited arrival of Half-Life 2: Episode 3.

Image Credit: Valve Software

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