Valve E3 Surprise: Not Episode 3
The internet’s been all abuzz all weekend over the rumor that Valve could be announcing Half-Life 2 Episode 3 at E3. There was speculation fueled by an image depicting the lambda sign along with the word “Freeman,” and there was even in-depth examination of a Team Fortress 2 image that appeared to have a lambda sign hidden in a popped vein on a character’s bicep.
Well, it looks like all that unfounded speculation was just that: unfounded. According to fansite Halflife2.net, Gabe Newell has confirmed to them via email (which you can see here that the “Freeman 14th” image is in fact a fake.
Of course, this won’t stop the speculation or the rumors. I’m sure that someone on a forum somewhere right now is pointing out that Gabe called the image fake, but didn’t say that Episode 3 is not being announced. Here’s a message to that guy: STOP IT. This year’s E3 rumor mongering is setting a new record for annoying.
We’ll find out next week what the surprise is. It could in fact be Episode 3. It could also be something completely unrelated to Half-Life. No matter what it is, you can be sure of two things. It will be good, and it will sell like hotcakes, just like everything else Valve touches.