May 3, 2012 at 2:32 PM ET
Fans of "Half-Life" have been aching for a new installment for seemingly ages. Either "Half-Life 2: Episode Three" or a proper "Half-Life 3," anything really. But Valve, creators of the franchise, has remained relatively silent about them for just as long.
But this much is finally known: neither will be at E3 this year. Not only that, but don't expect word of "Portal 3" or "Left 4 Dead 3" either. According to Joystiq, Valve has no plans to make any product announcements.
Instead, they will be showcasing "stuff everyone already knows." This includes "Counterstrike: Global Offensive" and "Dota 2."
This news is expected to be yet another blow to the ego of Valve's most ardent fan-base. In recent months especially, "Half-Life 3" has been gently teased by the game's maker, but nothing conclusive about its eventual arrival has yet to be disclosed.
In late 2011, a fake teaser site and alternative reality game for "Half-Life 3" began making the rounds, which capitalized on the pent up demand. Eventually, Valve had to make a statement to proclaim that it was false by saying: "You are being trolled."
Many are now beginning to seriously ponder the fate of franchise as a whole. So there now exists the possibility that we may have seen the last of Gordon Freeman, hero of "Half-Life."
Matthew Hawkins is an NYC-based game journalist who has also written for EGM, GameSetWatch, Gamasutra, Giant Robot and numerous others. He also self-publishes his own game culture zine, is part of Attract Mode, and co-hosts The Fangamer Podcast. You can keep tabs on him via Twitter, or his personal home-base, FORT90.com.