In the news that shocked the world today, a Valve employee has alleged that Half-Life 3 has never actually been a thing, and that it’s probably not ever going to be a thing either, and that’s that, and you can cry into your headcrab plushie all night but it’s not going to make much difference.

In an interview with Game Informer that goes back to 2015 but has only been published now, the anonymous Valve employee clarified what exactly is going on. Or not going on.

“There is no such thing as Half-Life 3. Valve has never announced a Half-Life 3,” he or she told Andrew Reiner. “The closest they’ve come is after Half-Life 2, they said there would be three episodes. We only got two of those. That is arguably an unfulfilled promise. Anything else that we might think about as a full game or sequel has never been promised.”

Reiner points out that the information is, for the moment and most likely forever, not verified by any other employee at the company, because nobody else will talk about it. But it’s kind of hard to doubt it. I mean, it’s 2017, and there’s no Half-Life 3.

“I know at various times there have been different groups of people that have started things that they hoped and imagined would be Half-Life 3. I know over the years some of those things have had different degrees of awareness and involvement, whether it’s the inclusion of senior or principle members of Valve, including Gabe Newell”, they added.

‘There are also efforts that other people may not have known were going on. All of them are actual, valid things that are happening inside of the walls of Valve. To pick one thing and say, this was absolutely Half-Life 3, or this is Half-Life 3, that’s hard to do given the nature of how Valve works.”

I know what you’re thinking.

THERE’S STILL HOPE.

SOMETHING SOMETHING GABE.

GIEF HALF-LIFE 3.

But nuh-uh.

“I don’t think there will be any more. But at any given moment, they make decisions as they come. If some people within Valve make something that they collectively feel is exciting, then it will happen. That’s going to be hard for that to happen now. Every time a Half-Life project gets some gravity and then collapses, it becomes harder for the next one to start up,” the source explained.

“Because the business changes so much, and there are so many other things to do, it just gets harder and harder. It’s one of those things they’ll always have to accept. People are going to harass them for more Half-Life. The idea of delivering a third episode of Half-Life 2, that’s dead. There’s no universe where that will happen. I think there is a universe where a standalone thing could come together to fill in that hole, but that’s tough.”

The whole interview is an intriguing glimpse into the workings of a company that’s notably, uh, unconventional and totally worth reading in its entirety, but the real message is clear – Half-Life 3 confirmed. Sorry, no, not confirmed.