Half-Life 3 Confirmed

Half-Life 3 Confirmed

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About

Half-Life 3 Confirmed is a catchphrase associated with the rumored announcement of the fifth installment in the popular Half-Life franchise developed by Valve. Since the release of Half-Life 2: Episode 2 in October 2007, fans have long anticipated the next installment in the franchise, which over time lead to numerous intentionally fake theories that have little to nothing to do with the games, alongside various stories which claim the release of the game to be coincident with The Rapture

Origin

Valve's Half-Life[14] franchise started on November 19th, 1998, and was as well the debut title of Valve Software. On November 16, 2004, Valve released Half-Life 2, the sequel to the original game. This was followed by Half-Life 2: Episode One on June 1, 2006, and Half Life 2: Episode Two on October 10, 2007. Originally, Valve intended to release the episodes 6 months apart. Instead, Episode Two was released over a year after Episode One, and Half-Life 2: Episode Three, which was supposed to follow 6 months after Episode 2, has been delayed indefinitely.[15] [16] Following the release of Episode 2, in an exclusive interview with StuffWeLike.com on December 12, 2007, Valve marketing director, Doug Lombardi stated that a third entry in the main Half-Life series would happen following the end of the Episodes.[26] The interview was reported on the next day by SK-Gaming in a piece titled "Half-Life 3 confirmed".[27] The following day a second piece titled "Half-Life 3 confirmed" was posted on the site Team Rebellion.[28]



Since the episode's announcement in 2006, and the release of a number of concept art images in 2008 (shown above), there have been a number of rumours and hoaxes regarding the supposed announcement of a release date for Episode Three, all of which have been denied by Valve.

Spread

Prior to large gaming events, such as the Electronic Entertainment Expo, speculations on the announcement of Half-Life 3 are often made surrounding Valve's presentation during the events, which are commonly later debunked by various gaming websites as it becomes clear the sequel won't appear during the event.

In early August of 2012, numerous rumors were released which speculated that Valve was working on a new gaming engine. This was later confirmed during a visit of 4chan's /v/ (videogames) board at Valve in celebration of Gabe Newell's 50th birthday (shown below) in early November of the same year. Both the rumors and the confirmation on the new engine lead to various websites speculating it to be the reason Half-Life 3 was delayed numerous times, such as VG 24/7,[1] [2] Joystiq,[3] Eurogamer,[4] Trusted Reviews[5] and Now Gamer.[6]



On June 8th, 2012,[12] and April 2nd, 2013,[13] Julia Lepetit and Andrew Bridgman submitted 2 comics to the videogame humor sharing website Dorkly about the constant excitement of Half-Life 3 and the common release claims on April Fools' day. As of June 17th, 2013, both comics received respectively more than 990 and 5,400 Facebook likes.


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On April Fools Day 2013, a store page[17] was added to the Valve Steam store for Half-Life 2: Episode Three, which turned out to be an advertising stunt from bargain hunting website CheapShark. This joke was covered by various gaming websites such as Destructoid,[18] ScrewAttack[19] and Game Revolution.[20] On June 10th, a picture appeared (shown below) on the r/gaming sub-Reddit[10] which showed a Half-Life 3 poster at the convention, which was subsequentally posted on FunnyJunk[11] the same day. Although the picture was proven fake pretty early, it managed to gain nearly 5000 upvotes on Reddit and more than 600 on FunnyJunk in less than a week.


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Valve's Trademark Registration

On September 29th, 2013, Valve filed a trademark request for the name "Half-Life 3" with the European Union, as evidenced by the document publicly available on the EU's Trademarks and Designs Registration Office website. Then on October 1st, NeoGAF forum member Shinobi602 shared screenshots of the trademark request form in a thread titled "Valve files trademark for…,"[21] generating more than 750 responses from the community in less than 48 hours.


CTM-ONLINE - Detailed trade mark information Trade mark name: Trade mark No: Trade mark basis: Date of receipt Number of results: Request an inspection HALF-LIFE 3 012180394 CTM 29/09/2013 1 of 1 Filing date: Nice Classification: Trade mark: Type of mark: Applicant's reference: Status of trade mark: Trade mark 29/09/2013 9, 41 Nice classification) Individual Word ALM13-4832EM Application under examination (→ Glossary) Formalities examination Searches Absolute grounds examination Classification examination History of statuses) Filing language: Second language: National search requested: English French No Graphic representation No entry for application number: 012180394 List of goods and services Nice Classification: List of goods and services 9 Computer game software; Electronic game software; Downloadable computer game software via a global computer network and wireless devices; Video game software Nice Classification: List of goods and services Provision of on-line entertainment; provision of computer and video games and computer and video game programmes from a computer database or via the Internet.

Inevitably, fan speculations about the Half Life 3 project began to spread wildly across the gaming community[22][23][24][25], which became further strengthened by leaked information from Valve's internal bug-tracking Jira database confirming that there are two development groups involved with the project, one marked "Half-Life 3" with 46 staff members and another one marked "Half-Life 3 Core" with 10 staff members.


User Picker Full Name Contains Email Contains In Group Users Per Page Hall.Life 3 20 Half-Life 2 Dist Half-Life 2 Animators Us ad da jea Half-Life 2 Performance jes m Halt-Life 2 World Modelers kar kel Half-Life 3 Email Half-Life 2 Developers mi Half-Life 3 Core Hardware Hardware Core hardware-purchasing Helpdesk Test

Marc Laidlaw's Blog Post

On August 25th, 2017, former Half-Life leader writer Marc Laidlaw posted a blog post titled "Epistle 3," which many speculated was a plot summary for the Half-Life 3.[29] The post is written as a letter addressed to "Dearest Playa" from "Gertie Fremont." That day, a synopsis of the letter rewritten with actual characters from the Half-Life series was uploaded to Pastebin.[30] Meanwhile, a post about Laidlaw's letter was submitted to /r/Games,[31] where it gathered upwards of 11,400 points (95% upvoted) and 1,500 comments within 15 hours. Also on August 25th, YouTuber Valve News Network uploaded a video discussing Laidlaws post (shown below).



Notable Examples

Additional examples can be found through the Tumblr tags "half life 3"[7] and "half life 3 confirmed",[8] and through FunnyJunk by searching for "half life 3 confirmed".[9]


Has Science Gone Too Far? IS THIS IMAGE REAL OR FAKE? 97 REAL FAKE 93% fail this auiz, would vou? officiatiaauiz com 28. What percentage of the original parent isot remains after each of the following half-li have elapsed? AGE OF EMAIN One half-life: Two half-lives: Three half-live Four half-lives 9 35 Z 30 25 I WANT TO BELIEVE 2013 3 3 3 Confirmed. Youwanted it, America. sol gotit.

Search Interest

External References

[1] VG 24/7 – Source Engine 2 in the works at Valve

[2] VG 24/7 – Source 2: it’s time for Valve to drop the baby steps

[3] Joystiq via Wayback Machine – Newell: Valve building Source 2 engine, Ricochet 2 is in development

[4] Eurogamer – Valve files name next-gen Source 2 engine

[5] Trusted Reviews – Source 2 Engine Explains Half-Life 2 Episode 3 Delays?

[6] Now Gamer via Wayback Machine – Half-Life 3: Valve Making Source 2, Will 'Roll Out With A Game'

[7] Tumblr – Tagged: 'Half Life 3'

[8] Tumblr – Tagged: 'Half Life 3 Confirmed'

[9] Funnyjunk – Search: 'Half Life 3 Confirmed'

[10] r/Gaming – [E3 Fixed] Half Life 3

[11] FunnyJunk – Half-Life 3 Confirmed

[12] Dorkly – Releasing the Valve

[13] Dorkly – Don't Be An April Fool

[14] Wikipedia – Half-Life (Series)

[15] Half-Life Wikia – Future of the Half-Life Series

[16] Combine Overiki – Future of the Half-Life Series

[17] Steam Store via Wayback Machine – Half-Life 2: Episode Three

[18] Destructoid – Half-Life 2: Episode 3 announced

[19] ScrewAttack (now Rooster Teeth) via Wayback Machine – Half-Life 2: Episode 3 page appears on Steam Store

[20] Game Revolution via Wayback Machine – Steam Posts Preorder For Half-Life 2: Episode 3

[21] NeoGAF Forum – Valve Files Trademark For

[22] IGN – Valve Database Details Half-Life 3, L4D3 Developers

[23] Washington Post – Valve has registered a European trademark for Half-Life 3

[24] Wired via Wayback Machine – Valve registers Half-Life 3 trade mark

[25] The Daily Dot – Valve trademarks 'Half-Life 3,' Internet goes bananas

[26] WeLikeStuff – Half-Life 3 World Exclusive

[27] SK-Gaming – Half-Life 3 confirmed

fn28 Team Rebellion – Half-Life 3 confirmed

[29] Marc Laidlaw – Epistle 3

[30] Pastebin – Episode 3 as told by Laidlaw

[31] Reddit – Former half life writer mark laidlaw

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