Valve explains press conference cancellation

Doug Lombardi has confirmed there will be no press conference from Valve at this years E3

Valve put the final nail in the press conference coffin late last night, with an e-mail confirming that its press event at the Regal Theater on Monday has been completely cancelled. Definitely.

Those who head over to the theater expecting to see portals, Vortigaunts and iconic nerd goatees will be greeted with tumbleweed and the sad faces of the other few people who somehow missed the announcement.

Valve sent the rumour mill into overdrive last week when it sent out a cryptic email telling journalists that the planned Portal 2 event has been replaced with a 'surprise'

Gaming blogs had suggested that Half-Life 2: Episode 3 or even Half-Life 3 could be the new 'surprise' - but Valve boss Gabe Newell has poured cold water on the suggestions, confirming that the surprise is 'Portal 2-related'.

Fortunately, all is not lost though; Valve related activities will still be conducted during E3 and are open to those with an appointment.