Massive rumor: Valve’s E3 “surprise” is Half-Life 2 centric [UPDATE]

Saturday, 5th June 2010 13:00 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Update: The plot thickens. Check out this post from back in March on the TF2 blog. Look at the comic cover.

Now go look at this. (thanks, Rob)

Original: The E3 2010 rumor mill is thicker with muck than we’ve seen it in years, but that won’t stop us from posting stuff just in case it’s real.

Case in point: The Half-Life related June 14 promotional image shown above that we’ve converted into negative format for your consideration.

Notice anything special about it? Freeman? As in Gordon Freeman?

If Half-Life 2: Episode 3 is the “special” reason that Valve canceled its press plans with Portal 2 – well, then, all is forgiven.

If not, that Python-esque mail it sent out will just be a bit, well, silly.

However, as Ripten points out, the photo posted up top that’s making its way around the net could easily have been faked.

Still, there it is for your consideration, just so in the off chance it is NOT a fake, we won’t be accused of not keeping you informed.

With that, we would like to make a request: no more E3 rumors internet.

Just the facts, ma’am. Please. For the love of Christ.



  1. Johnny Cullen

    /prays to Santa this is true.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. AbracadaverAK

    Oh dear God. I am excited about E3

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Stephany Nunneley

    @1 As opposed to “satin”?

    #3 5 years ago
  4. AHA-Lambda

    satin? Yeah i truly find that material relatable to santa aswell :P

    #4 5 years ago
  5. The Hindle

    In the UK hes called Father Christmas!!!!

    #5 5 years ago
  6. AHA-Lambda

    Ummm…steam forums make it sound fake tbh


    altho THAT could be fake too

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Hunam

    He didn’t say it wasn’t HL3 though.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. AHA-Lambda

    part of me wants it to be ep3 just cos its what we expect (after all trilogy of episodes was confirmed right?) but a full HL3 would be amazing :D

    Though wouldn’t they keep that for a new engine like HL2 though?

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Pyrix

    Please let it be true.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Hunam

    Maybe it is a new engine?

    #10 5 years ago
  11. AHA-Lambda

    why release portal 2 so close to it then under source? O_o

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Hunam

    Portal 2 is 2010 right? If they announce HL3, it’ll be late 2011 at the very earliest, possibly late 2012 as a realistic date.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Johnny Cullen

    Yeah, Portal 2′s this holiday season.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. AHA-Lambda

    yeah but its be strange for both to be announced at the same time imo when one would look so much better than the other. Kinda hurts the other one =/

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Hunam

    Portal 2 looks amazing. I doubt their new engine is going to look like Crysis. It’ll be better, but not a million miles better. They made all their money by selling to the most common PC type for each product. I’ve generally had the most common pc types myself and I’ve always been able to play Valve games maxed out. That wont change. At most it’ll be rewritten to support procedural loading and better support for consoles.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. AHA-Lambda

    yea ok good point. I never played HL2 when it came out so I assumed it really was almost like the doom 3/far cry/crysis of its day lol

    so in my mind if they made a new engine I would expect that but hey i’m probably wrong :P

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Hunam

    HL2 ran on a calculator even in 2004 :P

    Valve will never make a game people can’t play on their comps. That’s why they do all those surveys all the time, they want to know what people have and make a game for that system.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. David Sarkisjan

    Please Valve, blow my socks off!

    #18 5 years ago
  19. AHA-Lambda

    ok just that my pc was THAT bad even in 2004. I was so left out :(

    PS it looks like it is def fake now (unless valve is pulling double bluff but doubt it :P)

    #19 5 years ago
  20. xino

    it’s fake, but I’m hoping for Episode 3 debut this EEE3, since we haven’t seen Episode 3 since ages!!!

    also it should run on a new engine:/ Source engine is dead old!

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Happy Hardon Harry

    It’s a fake. Nothing to see here….moving on.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. AbracadaverAK

    They won’t be making a new engine. Source was built to upgrade, and the difference between the original build for HL2 and Episode 2 was drastic. Also, they’ve only recently gone to the effort of updating HL2 to this latest build, so they’re hardly likely to be working on a new engine at the same time!

    I still think it looks great at the Ep2 build. I imagine there have been upgrades to it which has contributed to the Ep3 delay as well.

    Lastly, there’s not a chance that that Gabe email is real. Valve are one of the most tight-lipped developers out there. I hardly think their founder and owner would reply to a pathetic email like that with a massive announcement (or anti-announcement, as the case may be).

    #22 5 years ago
  23. xino

    you do know that Source engine was used to power up Left4Dead…see how old those L4D games are lookging?:/

    #23 5 years ago
  24. daytripper

    left 4 dead 2 wasnt bad from a visual standpoint,

    #24 5 years ago
  25. manamana

    Engineblahblah – they nailed the mood. Thats what counts!

    #25 5 years ago
  26. ybfelix

    Actually it would be Populous 4! With God starring Himself, a.k.a Morgan Freeman.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. Boris Fett

    I’m still convinced this is going to be Half Life 3. Possibly with a new Source Engine.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. justiceblob

    That is actually hilarious. I think this could be one of those situations where us desperate fans are just craving for anything, and looking at the veins on a comic character to satisfy us.

    #28 5 years ago
  29. AHA-Lambda

    isnt that comic thing like REALLY old actually? O_o

    #29 5 years ago
  30. cookiejar

    Too funny.

    #30 5 years ago
  31. Stephany Nunneley

    @28 Exactly. Still, I have to point it out. I have no choice. You all would hate me if I didn’t. I am completely at your mercy :D

    #31 5 years ago
  32. DarkElfa

    Valve is known for doing junk like this so I wouldn’t find it unreasonable.

    #32 5 years ago
  33. Anders

    Or maybe they put it there just so they could laugh at us for thinking that HL3 will be announced anytime soon. Like poking an anthill with a stick.

    #33 5 years ago
  34. AHA-Lambda

    confirmed fake by gabe himself

    #34 5 years ago
  35. Johnny Cullen


    /still believes.

    #35 5 years ago
  36. frostquake

    Assuming Valve is Using a Brand New Engine…Then Me Very, as Ren and Stimpy would put it… Happy Happy Joy Joy!!!

    #36 5 years ago

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