If you're dying to hear about Gordon Freeman's next adventure at this year's E3, you're bound to be disappointed. Valve has confirmed that they won't be talking about Half-Life 3 or any new project at the convention.
"We are not announcing anything at E3. Really. We are not announcing Half-Life 3 or Portal 3 or Left 4 Dead 3," Valve head Gabe Newell said in an email to a ValveTime user. IGN confirmed this with the company as well. Presumably Newell's statement applies to any possible announcements about hardware as well.
Of all the surprise announcements Valve could conceivably make, a reveal of Half-Life 3 seemed the most likely. They teased the game in their employee handbook. Newell himself also hinted at the HL3's development in a recent interview.
"The problem is, we think that the twists and turns that we're going through would probably drive people more crazy than just being silent about it, until we can be very crisp about what's happening next," Newell said in the interview of the company's tight-lipped approach toward HL3.
Instead of announcing a new Half-Life or some other product, Valve will be showing off previously known projects. Their multiplayer action rpg DOTA 2 and team-based shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will both make an appearance, along with the "Big Picture mode" for Steam.
It's been five years since Half-Life 2: Episode Two and its major cliffhanger ending. It sure does suck to know that HL3 isn't in our immediate future. The wait's been so long at this point that I've been able to suppress any sort of desire, though.