The release of Valve’s The Orange Box saw epic FPS title Half-Life 2 and its DLC — Half-Life 2: Episode 1 and Half-Life 2: Episode 2 — released on the same disc. Episode 2 ended with a cliffhanger that has left gamers anticipating the next episode for years, teasing that Gordon Freeman would have to find his way to the Borealis, a ship owned by Aperture Science. Portal 2 had a Borealis easter egg, but otherwise, Valve has been silent about what exactly is going on with the Half-Life franchise. To make the wait even worse, a T-shirt of the Half-Life 3 logo has been spotted by on a Valve employee at a local game developer event.
Chandana Ekanayake, Art Director and Executive Producer at Uber Entertainment, posted on Twitter that he saw a Valve employee wearing a Half-Life 3 T-shirt at a local game developer event and took a picture of his T-shirt:]
All I’m saying is I saw this at a local game developer event worn by a Valve employee. http://twitpic.com/7mxh6r #HalfLife3 #ValveTrolling
Ekanayake also said on Twitter that he asked the employee’s permission to take the picture of the t-shirt and “he was cool with it.”
Valve has made no official announcements about the future of the Half-Life franchise and, while some may point to this being a game reveal, we have to agree with Ekanayake that it more likely that it is simply Valve trolling expectant gamers.