Valve staffers have refused to comment on whether Half-life 2: Episode 3 will ever be released.
Speaking to News.com.au, Valve writing team Chet Faliszek, Erik Wolpaw and Jay Pinkerton first said they weren't ready to talk about Episode 3's release date.
When asked flat out if the game would release at all, the three jokingly pretended the conference call had failed.
Speaking of jokes, Faliszek said that G-Man is Gordon freeman's future self, and the grandfather of Alyx.
"Sure it was a joke — OR WAS IT!?!?!" he later wrote.