No, Half-Life 3 has not been confirmed (as much as we and the Internet would like it to be) – that would be far too simple of a post to write. Instead, what we have is a report from ValveTime.net, a site dedicated to all things Valve that reports internal discussion of projects like Half-Life 3 and Left 4 Dead 3 are happening at Valve. Big surprise.
We have not verified the truth of the leaked information we’re about to show you, but it’s a great conversation to strike up in case it is real. Then you can be surprised when it is/isn’t.
According to reports on ValveTime, Valve uses bug-tracking and project management software called JIRA to manage work done on a number of internal projects, as well as a general office tool for communication. For a small window of time, the company’s mailing lists and project list were exposed to the public eye. For, like, some reason.
And apparently, ValveTime writers were around in that window, and just so happened to sneak a peek. Here’s where it gets interesting. The likes of Half-Life 3, Left 4 Dead 3, Source 2, Steam Box, and a Portal follow-up game F-Stop were discovered on this list, not to mention oddly titled groups labeled SteamMMO, Episode 3, Episode 3 Movie, and iOS Dev.
What’s important to realize here, though, is that these reports only prove that internal discussions around these topics are happening within Valve – it doesn’t mean that any of them are being given the time of day by development or production at the studio. But then again, they MIGHT.
What is interesting, though, is that other not-as-suspicious conversational groups were in the listing as well: Minecraft, Diablo 3, Skyrim, Pinball, Tea Enthusiasts, Mixed Martial Arts, Hiking, Softball Team and Hockey.
So Gabe Newell may or may not be the captain of the world’s greatest pc gamer hockey team. You heard it here first, folks.
Honestly, there are a number of potential conclusions to draw from all of this, including the existence of a Half-Life 2: Episode 3 movie from J.J. Abrams, but we air on the side of not coming off as crazy – at least not until we have more information to justify our crazy. We don’t want to get you hyped over something that may or may not ever exist…
So for that, we leave you to your discussions in the comments section below. But just to be clear:
— Is HL3 Out Yet? (@IsHL3OutYet) June 18, 2013