And just like that, the lovely folks at Valve have silenced the Half-Life hype machine and murdered current hope that we might be getting some news regarding their conspicuously absent FPS franchise.
Co-writer for Portal 2 and the last two Half-Life games Chet Faliszek, jumped onto the Steam forums to put everyone in the “Half-Life 3 announced ? black-aperture.com” thread out of their misery. The bottom line: the community is trolling the community. There is no Half-Life 3.
This all started back at the beginning of December when a Valve employee was spotted wearing a Half-Life 3 t-shirt. A few days later was the Spike TV Video Game Awards in which Portal 2’s Wheatley gave a speech that was systematically torn apart by the internet. People “discovered” (read: created) Half-Life 3 hints in the video. A week or so later, and that oh-so-glorious black-aperture.com website cropped up. Too bad that URL isn’t even registered to Valve, and it looks like all the content that was on it has since been removed.