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Half-Life 3 probably won't be announced until the year 2534, after Mecha-GabeNewell conquers the Earth with an army of sentient companion cubes and hooks up the human survivors to a neural Steam network. However, one fan has created a Half-Life 3 trailer to let us imagine what a human-developed version of the game would be like.
"There are three things we all have to do in life," says a male voiceover, possibly from Gordon Freeman. "One, dream. Two, act and try to achieve it. Three, succeed or die trying."
Not to nit-pick the work of any devoted fan, but that's a pretty inaccurate piece of voiceover. There are actually three things we all have to do in life:
Very little has been confirmed about Half-Life 3. One of the many rumors swirling around about the game suggests that it's an open-world experience with RPG elements. Valve has avoided announcing anything about it, though. For all we know, it's a Kinect-driven match-three game. Valve boss Gabe Newell said last year that they don't want to talk about their games too far in advance. Otherwise, they'll run the risk of frustrating or misleading fans.
"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 at the time.
While I'd love to play Half-Life 3, I'm sort of enjoying this information-less void that we're floating around in. The information black-out resulted in some very creative rumors. Every time Valve announces a patch for Dota 2 or someone makes a t-shirt or Newell plays in a golf tournament, there's at least one site claiming that it's all an elaborate alternate reality game for Half-Life 3. "Oh shit, Gabe's swinging a three-iron in that picture. YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE HAS A THREE IN IT?!"
Stop thinking about Half-Life 3. In fact, don't even talk to men with physics degrees or goatees. It's just going to end in pain. I say this as someone concerned with your sanity, Internet. Or maybe I'm just part of an elaborate ARG run by Valve. I'm not even sure anymore.