Valve 'surprise' isn't Half-Life 2: Episode 3 - Gabe

Teaser image is fake, Valve boss tells fans

Valve has seemingly rubbished speculation that its promised E3 'surprise' will be a reveal for Half-Life 2: Episode 3.

According to fan site, Valve boss Gabe Newell fired off a private message to say simply, "it isn't Ep 3".

The PM was supposedly followed by another calling the supposed 'teaser' image that appeared online last week, "fake". Unless this is yet another impostor scam then, that's that rumour put to bed.

Valve e-mailed press last week to announce the cancellation of its schedule Portal 2 event, to be replaced by "a surprise". The internet went wild.

It's since been reported that a '360 and PS3 journalist' has been told by Valve that the 'surprise' at E3 won't be of great interest to them.

Whatever Valve's showing off at E3, we'll be there in force - ready to let you know exactly what's going down. Stay tuned. A big thanks and much kudos to CVG user Glenn Lawrence for the spot.