One of Valve's main writers, Chet Faliszek, has reached out the company's fanbase to debunk the recent rumours of a possible Half Life 3 release.
With the recent showing of a video featuring Wheatley, one of the main characters from Portal 2, discussing his nomination at the VGAs, many people did the usual Valve alternate reality game (ARG) thing and pulled various details from it - leading to some claiming that Half Life 3 could be just around the corner. Those hopes have been somewhat dashed by Mr Faliszek who's made it quite clear that anything within the Wheatley video that hinted this, wasn't what it seemed.
"You are being trolled.
There is no ARG.
Wheatley's speech was set in Portal 2 fiction - that is all.
There has been no directive from Gabe to leak anything. That is all false.
I just want to say this so there is no confusion. This is the community trolling the community nothing more. While it is nice to see people excited about anything HL, I hate seeing people be trolled like this.
Gaming Bolt also has a screenshot of an email from head of Valve, Gabe Newell. He also denies that the current swathe of Half Life 2: Episode 3 and Half Life 3 rumours have nothing to them.
Some of the hints in the original video included Wheatley repeating the number one several times, and symbols that were of course ultimately decoded by the masses to perhaps hint at something.
It seems likely that Half Life 2: Episode 3 and potentially 3 will one day see the light of day, but for now it's unclear when.