Our E3 surprise isn't Half-Life 2: Episode 3, says Valve

Valve's chief mucky-muck Gabe Newell reportedly lays to rest rumors the company's E3 "surprise" is Half-Life 2: Episode 3.

Half-Life 2: Episode 3 will not be debuting at E3

Half-Life 2: Episode 3 will not be debuting at E3

No, digital distribution maven and Half-Life publisher Valve won't be unfurling Half-Life 2: Episode 3 at its zombie-press-infested games booth during next week's E3 trade show. That's straight from the computer of Valve's own managing director Gabe Newell, who, if we assume this Gmail screen capture is authentic, answered a fan request for confirmation of either Episode 3 or Left 4 Dead 3 at E3 next week with four simple worlds:

"It isn't ep 3."

The folks at fan-site HalfLife2.net followed up with Newell, asking about a mysterious image that sprang up in recent days. The image, set against a black backdrop, shows the lowercase Greek letter lambda -- appropriated by Valve as their logo for the Half-Life games -- with the words "Freeman" and "June 14th" below. Newell's response?

"Fake."

Valve's been teasing fans and press alike in recent days. We received an email last week announcement the cancellation of a June 14 "Portal 2" event. Portal 2 -- announced in March -- would be the (presumable) sequel to Portal, Valve's topsy-turvy first-person Euclidean geometry-bender. In the email, that event was "replaced by a surprise."

"And even though the cancellation of the event certainly counts as a surprise," teased Valve, "we are pleased to further announce that the cancellation of the event is not THE surprise."

Other things that (probably) aren't the surprise: Half-Life 3, Left 4 Dead 3, Steam 2: Steamier, or Valve changing its name to Stopcock.

Join the newsletter!

Or
Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Matt Peckham

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Essentials

James Cook University - Master of Data Science Online Course

Learn more >

Mobile

Sansai 6-Outlet Power Board + 4-Port USB Charging Station

Learn more >

Exec

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?