Half-Life 3 In The Works? Don’t Be So Sure (Rumor)

If you’ve spent anytime at all on the internet then you’ve heard rumors, friend of a friend confirmations, and “sources” leaking that Half-Life 3 is in the works. But, is it true? Maybe. Maybe not.

Mihn Le, the creator of the famous mod turned Valve title, Counter-Strike has said a few things on Twitch.tv that has just about every news source that reports on video games talking about it. Speaking on podcast goRGNtv, Le said,

“I don’t think I can talk about that, to be honest, but I think it’s kind of public knowledge, that people know that it is being worked on. I guess I could say that I did see something that looked kinda like in the Half-Life universe. And I mean it wouldn’t surprise anyone if I said they’re doing it, they’re working on it, yeah. So to go on a limb I’d say I did see some concept art for Half-Life 3.”

Now, I’m sure many of you will read this and start squealing like pre-teens at a Beiber concert of evidence that HL3 and L4D3 are on the way. But, how many times have we heard of these rumors before? Remember the trademark filing that turned out to be false?

We all know how secretive that Valve enjoys being about the development of their titles. Mihn Le most certainly knows this and yet he let something this profound just slip out? There are far too many questions about his statement to take it at face value. The biggest red flag for me is the “I guess I could say that I did see something that looked kinda like in the Half-Life universe,” that Le mentioned, which proves absolutely nothing about any HL3 development happening. “So to go on a limb I’d say I did see some concept art for Half-Life 3.” is another. Concept art does not equal evidence of development. It just means there’s some Half-Life’esque artwork that was designed. Portal is roughly in the Half-Life universe. For all we know, the artwork he saw was for a new Portal 3 or just new posters for the Valve store. He didn’t clarify enough for us to have any real evidence.

I understand that any third installment of a game series by Valve is big news. It’s become sort of a running gag in the video game industry to see hidden messages in various game titles. But, until we get an official response from Valve in some way, nothing that is said is fact and should be looked at with the utmost scrutiny. There have been far too many false alarms to take anything that’s said as fact. That anyone would cite this as absolute proof that HL3 and L4D3 exist boggles the mind. Statements like the one Mihn Le made deserve a level of incredulity, just as any other rumor that pops up on the Internet mentioning something so highly anticipated.

Could Half-Life 3 and Left 4 Dead 3 be in development? Absolutely. If these rumors about its development and public reaction to them show, they would become immediate top-sellers in any market they launched in. But, keep in mind that it’s been so long since the last Half-life game, that meeting the level of expectation and hype may be too much of a burden for any game to bear. I’m sure Valve is aware of this, too. We simply don’t know for sure what’s going on, and shouldn’t fall victim to any news that’s not from official sources that are directly involved with the projects.

That said, we’ve reached out to Valve for comment, and we’ll update this story with any response we receive.

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