Gabe Newell and Half-Life Writer Deny Existence of Valve ARG

Remember that speculation about a Valve ARG that started after the VGAs Saturday? If Mark Laidlaw, the writer behind the Half-Life games, is to be believed, it’s all baseless.

ValveARG.com is a site that has tracked Valve’s Alternate Reality Games in the past. With all the hoopla surrounding the video of Wheatley (watch it here) from the VGAs, the administrator of ValveARG.com decided to email Valve for more information. He got a couple of notable denials.

First, Laidlaw said, “There is no ARG at this time.” (see the email) Shortly afterwards, Gabe Newell himself made similar statement, saying, “We are not running an arg.” (see that email) Looks like there’s no ARG ongoing, folks. Sorry.

Of course, people will be quick to point out that we can’t prove that these emails are legitimate, nor can we be certain that the folks at Valve aren’t telling us a little fib. Regardless, I’ve seen enough to make me believe that Half-Life 3 is still far on the horizon, no matter how much we would wish otherwise.

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26 Comments on Gabe Newell and Half-Life Writer Deny Existence of Valve ARG

trolololol

On December 14, 2011 at 1:20 pm

GABEN!

Red Menace

On December 14, 2011 at 1:58 pm

OR IS IT!?

Meyers07

On December 15, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Hmmm… because you said to deny it, doesn’t mean the ARG doesn’t exist, maybe this is just a suiously specific denial since this news came out when nothing interesting is going on right now…

Gabriel

On December 16, 2011 at 10:09 am

VALVE Y U NO LAUNCH EPISODE 3 SERIOUSLY IT’S SO DAMN HARD TO U???????
And yes i can write properly i just don’t want to…

Edgar

On December 16, 2011 at 1:10 pm

For a great waiting, this game need to be the Game of the year of the year that is released

Valvesanasshole

On December 18, 2011 at 8:58 am

So it’s rumored that they’re making half-life 3, the whole purpose of the episodes was to release half-life 3 in small segments so it would take like a decade to make it. Valve is now an , because they’ll have such a low fanbase soon, they’ll just cancel. I vote we use the source engine to create half-life 3 ourselves who’s with me?

Ilikevalve

On December 18, 2011 at 5:17 pm

yea we should make hl3 on our own.
but it will probly be better if valve makes it.

Jerry

On December 20, 2011 at 2:22 pm

valve, why dont you like making a third game to any series??????? I.E. Left for Dead *2* Half Life *2* Team Fortress *2* Half Life *2* Episode *2* CMON VALVE!!!

CMillzer

On December 20, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Maybe that they just have so much money that they can afford to say,”Ok,I am bored of making this game,lets try making a new game”.Thats how I would feel.

Chris

On December 21, 2011 at 1:33 pm

There’s renewed hope with the release of Songs to Test By Volume 3.
Valve CAN count to 3 after all.

But, yes, I’ll be dead before Half-Life 3 comes out.

Carl

On December 25, 2011 at 4:12 pm

I want episode 3!!! BEN

carywinton

On December 26, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Half-Life 3 is not going to be made, the franchise and production funds for it are non-existant. No capital investors , this means it’s a dead project, simple as that.

tommymartin2001

On December 30, 2011 at 2:21 am

i was almost crying
i been waiting 5 years and now it isnt coming out
I KNEW IT WAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH GABE

saf85

On December 30, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Dudes stfu with the Gabe bashing, ungreatful fools in emo, kiddy rage mode since you cannot have it now “But mommy I want it know!!!” Is all I can hear from these impatient fools.

As for HL3, probly will not be called Half life 3, maybe change name to Freeman chronicles etc lol, would be sweet if they tied in Gunman chronicles and HL series since it seemed hinted in gunman that it was same universe and time line as HL universe.

Heck I would settle for a Gunman chronicles remake or sequel.

But more than likely they will tie in Portal2 and HL2 episode 2, imagine gordon with the portal guns at his disposal :D Then again imagine one player as portal chick and other as Gordon in co-op game play!

Phox

On December 31, 2011 at 10:58 am

@Valvesan
That sounds like a terrific idea actually. Im with you 100% on that.

Phox

On December 31, 2011 at 10:59 am

If Valve makes a 3rd game of anything, the world will end. simple as that.

Sad

On January 2, 2012 at 3:39 am

I WANNA HL2 ep 3 NOW

BAD VALVE

NOOOOO!

On January 3, 2012 at 7:47 am

WE REALLY WANT HL2 EP3!!!!OR HL3!!!I CAN’T SLEEP LIKE THIS!!!!!!!!!

Axel Slayer

On January 4, 2012 at 9:00 am

VALVE Y NO MAKE EPISODE 3 NAO??? SERIOUSLY WA DA FAK

dakan45

On January 5, 2012 at 2:38 am

ENOUGH WITH EPISODE 3 Its not gonna happen, by now it should be half life 3, they clearly work on it. Its like when gabe was asked wherever there will be a counter strike 2 and was a like “noo nooooo no”

ALCH3MIST

On January 5, 2012 at 7:37 am

Valve will make HL3 when they want to. If you’ve even SOME idea of the effort it takes to develop a game, you won’t be whining here like little crybabies.

Ender

On January 12, 2012 at 2:58 pm

I don’t think we will see a HL3 until Valve has new ground braking software. They are in this industry to set standers, i seriously don’t think that’s changing any time soon. if you want to play a game with the same graphics and physics engines as games before it well there is always Mods witch Valve as more then supported.
These are just my thoughts obviously there are several other possibility’s as to of why we have yet to see a HL3, But i think there is still much hope for the future in Valve’s game productions even if we never see another HL.

Nyarr

On January 16, 2012 at 9:23 am

Well there is a third counterstrike. 1: Counter strike 2: Counter Strike:Source 3: Counter Strike: Global Offensive. All the VALVE CANT COUNT TO THREE people. Your argument is invalid.

Misfit

On January 16, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Are you guys serious, Half-life 3 wait for HL:2 Episode three first and wait thats right wouldnt the destroying of the borealis end all of it (maybe just theorie :P ) havnt you read the back of the orange box it said trilogy so you guys don’t know anything about valve and there games (well i know you do jesus if you didnt why were you here in the first place) On the back of the box of orangness: ‘Half-life 2 is metacritic’s highest rated pc game of all time and earned over 40 game of the year awards. Episode one, the first in the trilogy (<—— RIGHT THERE IN PLAIN BLACK) of episodes for half-life 2 , was named action game of the blah blah i dont care. See, lol you guys really hate me now :P cause your all like HL:3 and im all like no way and shoved episode three in your face.

Misfit

On January 16, 2012 at 9:43 pm

PS: GAMES ARNT THE EASIEST THINGS TO MAKE, TRUST ME IVE TRIED. Valve is a bit of a perfectionest so they dont stop till they thinks its perfect.

Misfit

On January 16, 2012 at 9:44 pm

@nyarr So so true