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E3 2011's Most Anticipated: Half-Life 3 / Half-Life 2: Episode 3

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Game: Half-Life 3 / Half-Life 2 Episode 3
Publisher: Valve
Likelihood of E3 2011 showing: Unlikely

It's probably one of the most sought after sequels in video game history, but the story of Half-Life 3 (and, of course, Half-Life 2 Episode 3) on CVG is a simple one: we ask about the next Half-Life game and Valve refuse to answer; some faceless source says that a Half-Life 2 Episode 3 reveal is imminent and Valve says, "No it's not."

If Valve was a reluctant love interest, we'd have given up by now but, when it comes to Half-Life, we just can't seem to treat the developer mean.

So, we know as much about Half-Life 2: Episode 3 as we do Half-Life 14. We've been given nothing apart from the single, vague piece of artwork released by Valve in 2008 (and to think we were pushing the studio to make some progress on Freeman's next adventure back then!).

It's around this time that we start gearing up for the annual Half-Life anticipation ritual of being shot down by Valve. The lack of Half-Life was announced before E3 2008.

We managed to avoid getting slapped down again until 2010 when we made the mistake of asking when we might see the next Half-Life.That didn't stop the usual speculation just before E3, however, when Valve pulled Portal 2 from its conference and a cryptic Half-Life image emerged. "Could it be?" we all thought. "No it couldn't," said Valve's Gabe Newell.

And guess what? Valve isn't talking about Half-Life this year either, although we have seen some very strange messages surface with more than a hint of Half-Life about them.

At first glance, the firm's recent comment that it wasn't going to show any titles in June looked terminal, but let's keep that hope fizzling.... it never said that somebody, be it Sony or Microsoft, wouldn't be showing new Valve games on the studio's behalf, did it? Not much to go on, but by now, we just can't resist the element of tease.

Last year did bring at least some comment from Gabe Newell on the series, saying that protagonist Gordon Freeman will be the same man we know and love when he next turns up and that he wanted to give Half-Life a broader emotional palette, especially in terms of scaring players.

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