Ten years. Multiply that by twenty-three, and you get 230. Add the three digits together – two plus three plus zero – and Half-Life 2: Episode 3 is not ever coming out. It’s time to move on, everybody.
According to a report over on Eurogamer citing its original 22 May 2006 press release, Episode 3 was expected to launch by the end of 2007.
“Valve, developer of the blockbuster series Half-Life and Counter-Strike, announced Half-Life 2: Episode One has gone gold. Episode One is the first in a trilogy of episodes that will conclude by Christmas of 2007,” it pinky-swears. “Half-Life 2: Episode One advances the 15-million unit selling franchise and launches the first in a new, three-part series that leads far beyond City 17. Half-Life 2: Episode One does not require Half-Life 2 to play, and will be available via Steam and at retail stores in North America for just $19.95 on June 1st. Also included in Episode One is a first look at Episode Two, which will ship by year’s end.”
(… But didn’t. It was out almost a year later.)
And a year or three after that, Valve’s official position on the project gradually shifted from “yes, it’s totally in development” to “um, let’s talk about something else”. Check out this video compilation of interviews with Valve boss Gabe Newell by YouTuber CrowbCat, and see for yourself. Also, be prepared – the game doesn’t look as good as you remember and will make you feel super old.
In the meantime, the company has released Team Fortress 2 (2007), Left 4 Dead (2008), Left 4 Dead 2 (2009), Portal 2 (2011), Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (2012), and DOTA 2 (2013). That’s six games. Divide by half and you get three. Half-Life 3 confirmed? Probably not.