Is a Half-Life 3 announcement incoming?

Big news, gaming fans: it appears IGN and Valve may be preparing to announce Half-Life 3, or at least something pertaining to the Half-Life universe. 

Yesterday, IGN's Twitter account posted the following tweet: "Wake up and smell the ashes." Shortly after that, Valve's Steam Support Twitter account tweeted the following:

Be sure to check out all the #Valve feeds: http://bit.ly/IOMbeD

Valve's community developer also tweeted the same thing

According to XBIGY Games, the IGN tweet is reminiscent of the ending of the following speech given by the G-Man at the beginning of Half-Life 2:

Rise and shine, Mr. Freeman. Rise and shine. Not that I wish to imply you have been sleeping on the job. No-one is more deserving of a rest. And all the effort in the world would have gone to waste until… well, let’s just say your hour has come again. The right man in the wrong place can make all the difference in the world. So, wake up, Mr. Freeman. Wake up and smell the ashes.

Others are speculating that this may merely be a tease for the "Meet the Pyro" Team Fortress 2 video, although it would be misleading of IGN to use a Half-Life 2 quote in regards to a Team Fortress 2 announcement. The Valve-registered Half-Life3.com DNS entry was also updated two days ago, according to Network-Tools.com.

Half-Life 2 was released on Nov. 16, 2004, and was met with near-universal acclaim. Valve also released two episodic sequels, Half-Life 2: Episode One and Half-Life 2: Episode Two, on June 1, 2006, and Oct. 10, 2007, respectively. Since then, the company has been quiet on the Half-Life front, instead releasing Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2 and Portal 2 in the meantime.

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I'd be very surprised if it's Half-Life 3. Valve has already stated that they won't be unveiling anything new at this year's E3. If they plan on announcing Half-Life 3, then E3 2012 would be a good place to do it. Also, they're quite busy working on Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. I don't think they have the resources to work on a game that would be as large and complex has Half-Life 3.

Also, at this point it's a little too late to be using the Source engine. It's quite dated now in comparison to other engines and major Half-Life games have, traditionally, used new engines. For example, Half-Life 1 used the GldSrc engine and Half-Life 2 used the Source engine. It would make sense for Valve to develop Half-Life 3 with a next-gen engine (Source engine 2).

What I want to see with any Half Life announcement is something that says either "Half life 2: episode 3 will be released on..." or "Half Life 3 .. blah blah.. and with your purchase of Half Life 3 you also get Half Life 2: Episode 3 free!" ... *cough* still waiting..

The only annoncement I want to hear is "Half Life 3 is ready and we're shipping next week." (or later today!)

I really don't want to be left hanging for it. I'd be more happy if they just left it as vaporware until it was ready. Pretty sure everyone who wants Half life 3 will know what it is anyway and the explosion of people 'OMG its out next week, didn't see that happening' will rock twitter trends and stuff. Viral marketing on its own back.

sagum said,
The only annoncement I want to hear is "Half Life 3 is ready and we're shipping next week." (or later today!)

I really don't want to be left hanging for it. I'd be more happy if they just left it as vaporware until it was ready. Pretty sure everyone who wants Half life 3 will know what it is anyway and the explosion of people 'OMG its out next week, didn't see that happening' will rock twitter trends and stuff. Viral marketing on its own back.


No gaming company would ever announce a game the size of Half-Life 3 only to release it within a week. No form of marketing, especially viral, would be enough to publicize your game in that short of a time span.

Anthony Tosie said,

No gaming company would ever announce a game the size of Half-Life 3 only to release it within a week. No form of marketing, especially viral, would be enough to publicize your game in that short of a time span.

I wish they would. Too much marketing hype can sometimes spoil a great game.

Anthony Tosie said,

No gaming company would ever announce a game the size of Half-Life 3 only to release it within a week. No form of marketing, especially viral, would be enough to publicize your game in that short of a time span.

I think that Half-Life is one of those games that has enough fame and its own myth it's enough marketing to do something as daring as that.

sanctified said,

I think that Half-Life is one of those games that has enough fame and its own myth it's enough marketing to do something as daring as that.


I'm sure they'd still make money, but it'd pale in comparison to what they'd make if they announced it, say, five or six months from release.

Why would they use that quote for a TF2 announcement? It makes no sense at all, they may as well say "Thank you Mario, but our princess is in another castle!" It's obviously Half-Life related.

I'm sure alottttt of people are waiting on this. and i'm also sure that alottttt of people lost interest already..lol

sM4llziE said,
Only one can hope...

Actually... i'm pretty sure more than one can hope...

but if you mean "One can only hope", well, then that's entirely different