Rumour – Half-Life 3 confirmed, Episode Three and Four cancelled

Thursday, 16th June 2011 06:12 GMT By Brenna Hillier

As with everything related to the perennial whisper-fest that is Half-Life’s release schedule, take the following with a medically appropriate amount of salt. About a kilo, I’d say.

[Update] Yep, it’s bollocks.

Doug Lombardi issued a statement to Game Informer on this subject which seems pretty conclusive:

“This is fiction (aside from the fact that Mike D is a real person).”

So that’s that. You can see the tissue of lies below.

A user going by the handle of ryuuk made a post on the Steam forums – screengrabbed by Half-life fan site Lambda Generation – claiming to have had access to former Valve programmer Mike Dussault’s resumé through his work place. Dussault left Valve last year after a decade’s service.

“According to [Dussault's] resume, Episode Three was put on hold when Valve decided to move away from the episodic model in late 2007, right after Episode Two’s release,” ryuuk claimed.

“He was a techinal advisor on a cancelled Half-Life title, made outside of the company. Dussault’s work on Half-Life 3′s world programming, and the scripting system (between 2008 and 2010) is also mentioned in the resume.”

The post was almost immediately deleted, and ryuuk was slapped with a perma-ban, an action which has only heightened belief among conspiracy-theory lovers, as moderators usually let such threads stand. If the leak is genuine, ryuuk may well face consequences for breach of privacy and confidentiality if identified.

Rumours of an externally-developed Half-life episode surfaced last month, when it was claimed information harvested from the Deus Ex website hack included a CV outing Arkane Studios’ involvement. Concept art has been linked to this alleged project, which is believed to have been either Episode Three or Four.

Valve has repeatedly confirmed it is still actively working on the Half-Life series, but has gone quiet on the subject of what form the next instalment will take – and when it will surface.

Thanks, GameInformer.



  1. Mr Tom

    Makes sense after all this time I guess. Plus Episode 2 did end in a good jump-off point to a proper sequel.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. unacomn

    Doug Lombardi just about confirmed this three years ago in an interview, where he said Valve would be returning to the monolithic project structure, forsaking the episodic one, since it wasn’t really episodic.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Maximum Payne

    I really want to like just say:hey we are (not)working on it release date:when is finished.
    How Blizzard announced SC2 and Diablo 3 3 years before they release.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. polygem

    i don´t care how they call it i just can´t wait to finally play it. it would be nice to get some new information about it. this is probably a fall/winter 2012 release. i really hope they put all their power into this one because half life is such an amazing franchise (we all know)

    #4 4 years ago
  5. kupocake

    Everything in this is probably decent conjecture, but VG247 reports news posts made on minor fansites now? Hey look guys, GabeN just said that Half-Life 2 has gone gold over at !

    8 years older, none the wiser.

    #5 4 years ago

    I wonder if they’re waiting to release it in the next console generation…

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Blerk

    Rumoured. Confirmed. Denied! :-D

    #7 4 years ago
  8. StolenGlory

    I love the irony of a rumour confirming anything.


    #8 4 years ago
  9. RandomTiger

    @6 I hope so, we’ve waited this long, personally I would prefer it to be a step up from the previous games.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. xino

    why would anyone believe this sh?
    They just finished on Portal 2 so work on Half Life will begin now

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Blerk

    I rather suspect they have more than one team, xino.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Edo

    Heart attacks everywhere!!!!

    #12 4 years ago
  13. IL DUCE

    @10 pretty sure every1 developing games at valve was not working on portal 2 this whole time, I would say work on a new half life or counter-strike, whatever they are doing next, probably began at least a year ago…

    Idk, it may just be the conspiracy-theorist in me but I think if it was such a work of fiction that guy wouldn’t have been perma-banned, that’s a pretty serious punishment if it was just a bunch of made up shit…but anyway here’s to hoping we hear some legit facts about what Valve has up their sleeves next soon enough…

    #13 4 years ago

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