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It's Friday night and I'm sure you're all about to go out to the discotheque and get weird. Here's an alternate plan, though: watch a soul-crushing short film about Half-Life 3's nonexistence.
In the film by Fence Post Productions (via Blue's News), we watch Gordon Freeman as he simply...waits. He sits in a run-down bedroom at the Lambda Resistance base and stares at a television showing static. To pass the time, he picks up cans with his gravity gun and tosses them in the trash - but it's clear that he's long tired of that idea.
You know what the happiest moment in the film is? The point where you realize it's over and he's not going to use the gravity gun to drop a desk on his own head. Everything else is just a depressing rumination on Half-Life 3's repeated delays.
Can we even say there were delays? Valve never even announced the game, much less set a release date they could push back. The only time I remember Gabe Newell actually talking about the game was in an interview back in 2012, and even then he refused to actually call it Half-Life 3:
In terms of Ricochet 2, we always have this problem that when we talk about things too far in advance. We end up changing our minds as we're going through and developing stuff, so as we're thinking through the giant story arc which is Ricochet 2, you might get to a point where you're saying something is surprising us in a positive way and something is surprising us in a negative way, and, you know, we'd like to be super-transparent about the future of Ricochet 2.
Are they still working on Half-Life 3? Probably but we don't know for certain. All we have to go on is our confidence that Valve's generous enough to continue a beloved series and deal with the absurdly heightened expectations that come with a third installment. It's like we're sitting in an empty room and hoping our television will eventually show us something interesting - which I guess is what the film's creators were going for.
As sad as this video is, it's great seeing the community using Half-LIfe 3 - or the lack thereof - to create something new and different. While it's not the announcement we're hoping for, it's a whole lot better than some fake report or teaser site or countdown.