Half-Life 2: Episode 3 Fanfic from Lead Writer Rumored as Possible Series Ending

by Alexander Knapp

In a surprising move that caught the entire gaming world off-guard after years of radio silence from Valve, the Half-Life series’ lead writer Marc Laidlaw posted on his blog early Friday morning a possible synopsis to Half-Life 2: Episode 3:

Dearest Playa,

I hope this letter finds you well. I can hear your complaint already, “Gertie Fremont, we have not heard from you in ages!” Well, if you care to hear excuses, I have plenty, the greatest of them being I’ve been in other dimensions and whatnot, unable to reach you by the usual means. This was the case until eighteen months ago, when I experienced a critical change in my circumstances, and was redeposited on these shores. In the time since, I have been able to think occasionally about how best to describe the intervening years, my years of silence. I do first apologize for the wait, and that done, hasten to finally explain (albeit briefly, quickly, and in very little detail) events following those described in my previous letter (referred to herewith as Epistle 2).

Though Valve had released a series of concept art shots shortly after the release of Episode 2 in 2007, no concrete information has been officially released, with Valve employees declining to comment on delays or any aspect of the development process. Laidlaw’s post details the possible final chapter in the story of Black Mesa researcher Gordon Freeman, Combine resistance member Alyx Vance, and the mysterious G-Man.

While Laidlaw tweeted that his post was nothing more than genderswapped fanfiction, the statement might allow him to circumvent potential legal implications should the material somehow still be relevant to the IP. Whether Half-Life 2: Episode 3 is still in production to any degree has yet to be officially confirmed by Valve.

Due to the volatile nature of any and all Half-Life news rumors, both Laidlaw’s tweet and blog post have been archived considerably.

Image Source: Valve via GameSpot

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